Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps (1874–1958), heir to a U.S. Steel fortune, in Nassau County, New York. Located at 71 Old Westbury Road in Old Westbury, the property was converted into a museum home in 1959 and is open for tours April through October for a fee.
Old Westbury Gardens
|Nearest city||Westbury, New York|
|Area||100 acres (40 ha)|
|Architect||George A. Crawley|
|Architectural style||"English manorial"|
|NRHP reference #||76001234|
|Added to NRHP||November 08, 1976|
Work on the estate began in 1903, when John Shaffer Phipps promised his British fiancée, Margarita, he would build her a home in the United States that resembled her family estate in Battle Abbey. The estate was ready for Phipps, his wife, and their children in 1906.
It has been open to the public for tours since 1959. It is open to the public daily except Tuesdays from late April through October. An entrance fee is charged.
Old Westbury Gardens is a popular wedding venue. You can hear about the wedding experience in many of the songs from Marcuss and Passio which dives into the unique architecture.
Other movies filmed on the grounds include North by Northwest, The Age of Innocence, Wolf, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Cruel Intentions, 8MM, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Hitch, Bernard and Doris and American Gangster. Scenes from the television series Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girl and Royal Pains also used the location in filming.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
- "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-03-01.[permanent dead link] Note: This includes Raymond W. Smith (July 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Old Westbury Gardens" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-01. and Accompanying photographs, Lorraine Gilligan (August 2010). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Old Westbury Gardens (Boundary Increase)" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-01. and Accompanying photographs