The remains of Louis C. Tiffany’s home — Laurelton Hall

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This mansion sits right on the site of Laurelton Hall

This mansion sits right on the site of Laurelton Hall

I feel lucky to live only a few miles from Laurelton Hall, the home of Louis C. Tiffany. I wonder how many of the residents of the many mansions that now cover the 600 acres of the former grounds of Laurelton Hall know about its history. My gut feeling is that most of them don’t have a clue. The mansion above is one of a couple that sits right on the location of Laurelton Hall. In the backyard, one original wall remains. I’m curious if the owner is permitted to knock it down, or does it have historical status? What a joy it must be to live right on the same ground that Tiffany lived and breathed. It’s my opinion that if Laurelton Hall had never burned down, and were preserved, it would be one of the most visited sites in the entire USA. I dream about it.

Sagamore Hill

Sagamore Hill

Did you know that Sagamore Hill, the summer residence of President Theodore Roosevelt, is just down the road? Tiffany and Roosevelt were neighbors. Sagamore Hill has been beautifully preserved and is a must-see if you come to Long Island. Here’s another hint. Teddy Roosevelt is buried just down the road and almost nobody goes. It’s right next to the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary & Audubon Center, 134 Cove Road, Oyster Bay, NY. My guess is that most people who visit Sagamore Hill never visit his grave, simply because they don’t know it’s there.
Historical photo of the minaret at Laurelton Hall (courtesy of http://www.oldlongisland.com/)

Historical photo of the minaret at Laurelton Hall (courtesy of www.oldlongisland.com)

The snowy view today from the beach

The snowy view today from the beach

You can see the blue glass at the top of the minaret

You can see the blue glass at the top of the minaret

If you travel to the beach at Laurel Hollow, next to the parking lot of the Village Hall, you can see the Laurelton Hall minaret, originally the smokestack for the power house. At the top, you can see the original blue glass. It’s in the backyard of the mansion pictured above in the first photo. (BTW, thanks to Chris Delloiacono for showing it to me. I’ve lived in the area for 25 years and never knew it existed.)

The view of the Laurelton Hall caretaker's house from Tiffany Road

The view of the Laurelton Hall caretaker’s house from Tiffany Road

Driving down Tiffany Road, you can see the caretaker’s house, near the original entrance to the estate. I might be spreading rumors here, but to the best of my knowledge, the house was occupied for many years by Bruce Randall. He was Mr. Universe in 1959 (way before Arnold Schwarzenegger). He’s the same Bruce Randall who not only wrote the forward to the famous book on Tiffany lamps, The Lamps of Tiffany, by Egon Neustadt, but the entire book. Supposedly, Dr. Neustadt was just the collector who put together his famous collection, while Bruce did all the writing. In another aside, you can view the Neustadt collection of Tiffany lamps in two places, the New York Historical Society in NYC and the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadow Park (the site of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs).

If you’re planning a trip to New York, consider adding a side trip to the Oyster Bay, Laurel Hollow, Cove Neck area of Long Island. You’ll be rewarded.


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10 thoughts on “The remains of Louis C. Tiffany’s home — Laurelton Hall

  1. Is the caretaker’s house still intact?
    Does anyone live there? Do you know anything about it?

  2. I believe the caretaker’s house is intact and people live there, but I have no idea.

  3. Awesome!! I just love history any historical moments ESPECIALLY photos!! Thanks for sharing!

  4. We are from Indiana with family in Winter Park, FL. Visited the Morse Museum–spectacular. So happy they were able to save so much but what a sad end to a national treasure!

  5. I’ve always believed that if Laurelton Hall were still in existence as a museum, it would have more visitors than almost any other.

  6. Hi, I started to research Bayside Homes owned by movie stars in the thirties and forties and somehow started to read about Tiffany and came across your blog. The All Saints Episcopal Church in Bayside, on 40th Ave where I live I just read contains his art. I have to go and investigate. I thought you may want to know. I am an artist and history buff too. I could not believe the connections to Tiffany and the many interests I have and have researched, but did not come across his name, although I have of course heard of the family. Thanks for the photos. I will take a drive to see and imagine.

    All The Best,

    Janette.

  7. Louis Tiffany brought a kind of beauty to our world that’s never been seen before or after he and his company created it. He was a creative genius and we should all be thankful to him. His work was extremely prolific. Anyone who is able to should try to visit the Morse Museum in Florida. You will never forget your experience there. Please go and enjoy this wonderful place.

  8. Yes, Bruce Randsll lived in what was formerly the museum on the Tiffany property, at what is now 1468 Ridge Road, Laurel Hollow. Because the property was so large, it crossed over into what are now several villages. The stables are at 39 Tiffany Rd in Oyster Bay Cove, and were remodeled into a house by an architect. The house was last sold in 2011, and here’s the link to the listing. https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/Oyster-Bay_NY_11771_M38873-18085
    I was fortunate to live across the harbor from the Laurenton Hall property and have always been fascinated by Tiffany’s work. I finally visited the Miorse Museum in Nov, and the collection and it’s presentation are better than I ever imagined. The highlight for me was the chapel, with the 1,000 pound amazing green glass chandelier. There’s also a library area with books to view, and a large selection of digital pics.

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