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NY - Hyde Park - FDR NHS - Roosevelt Home - Birth room

Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in this bed on Monday, January 30, 1882. On that day his father wrote "at quarter to nine my Sara had a splendid large weighed ten pounds without clothes."


The furniture was moved to Sara's bedroom after the new wing was completed and then returned to this room after her death in 1941.


The Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York preserves the Springwood estate--the birthplace, life-long home, and burial place of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


The Springwood estate was originally William Creed's part of the of the Great Nine Partners Patent. The central portion of the main house is formed by a large farmhouse, constructed around 1800 in the Federal Style. Josiah Wheeler, who purchased the estate in 1845, remodeled in Italianate Style with a 3-storey tower at the south end, and front and rear piazzas. In 1866, James Roosevelt, FDR's father, bought the 2.5 km2 estate, including a stable and horsetrack, for $40k and over the next 34 years, enlarged the servants' wing, added two rooms, and built a carriage house.


Roosevelt was born in what was then the master bedroom on second floor tower at the south end of the house, nearby his childhood bedroom. After marrying Eleanor Roosevelt in 1905, the young couple moved in with his mother, Sarah. In 1915, they hired the Hoppin and Koen to remodel the home, doubling it in size with two large fieldstone wings (designed by FDR), a tower, and a third storey with a flat roof. Restyled in Colonial Revival, the clapboard exterior was replaced with stucco and most of the porch was replaced with a fieldstone terrace with a balustrade and a small columned portico


The estate remained the center of Roosevelt's life and career, functioning as both a retreat and a "Summer White House". Springwood hosted prominent national and international figures, such as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the first visit of a reigning British monarch to the United States, and its porch was the setting of all of FDR's acceptance speeches. Roosevelt made made his last visit to Springwood in the last week of March 1945, about two weeks before his death. At his own wish, he was buried near the sundial in the Rose Garden on April 15, 1945. Eleantor was buried at his side after her death in 1962.


The Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site also includes the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library--the first of the United States' presidential libraries.


National Register #66000056 (1966)


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Taken on May 26, 2007