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Old Westbury Gardens

A Pool in the Walled Garden.


Old Westbury Gardens and House


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.


Old Westbury Gardens are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. They have been open to the public for tours since 1959.


Work on the estate began in 1903, when Phipps promised his British fiancee 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.


Westbury House, the Charles II-style mansion designed by George A. Crawley, contains 23 rooms. The grounds cover 160 acres (0.65 km2).


The painting "Mrs. Henry Phipps and Her Grandson Winston" by John Singer Sargent hangs in the dining room. The godfather of Winston was Winston Churchill.


Many movies were filmed on the grounds. They include Love story, North by Northwest, The Age of Innocence, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Wolf, Hitch, Cruel Intentions, 8MM, Bernard and Doris, American Gangster, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything!, Julie Newmar.


Address: 71 Old Westbury Road, PO Box 430, OLd Westbury, New York 11568


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Taken on July 5, 2012