Knollwood: The Estate and Its Owners

Long Island Past and Present

Knollwood 1 Knollwood with Garden Facade

“Knollwood”, one of architects ‘Hiss & Weekes’ most beautiful country-house commissions, was owned by a number of interesting personalities. It was built between 1906 and 1910 for Charles I. Hudson, a New York City stockbroker of the Gilded Age, at Muttontown on Long Island’s North Shore. The 60-room mansion had elements of Greek Revival, Italian Renaissance and Spanish styling with towering Ionic front columns with terraced garden and a dairy farm to satisfy his passion for raising Jersey cattle.

The house was palatially scaled and elegantly faced with smooth-dressed Indiana limestone, with design details borrowed from a variety of sources, including palaces and country estates by Palladio and Vignola built for Italian princes, and royal residences erected in France during the 17th and 18th centuries.

Inside, the house contained 30 rooms with paneling imported from England and marble fireplaces brought from Italy, as well…

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2 thoughts on “Knollwood: The Estate and Its Owners

  1. This reminded me of 2 school field-trips that took us to the John Phipps mansion in Old Westbury. I used to go through the house rather quickly so that I could have plenty of time to explore the grounds!

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  2. The Phipps mansion is one of the few left among those LI mansions and its ground is fabulous. I enjoyed seeing the gardens too as you could imagine. Too bad taxes just obliterated most of them.


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