I am building up a collection of Vanderbilt and associated homes as I work through the family tree.
640 Fifth Avenue (Manhattan, New York) — Home of Gen. Brigadier Cornelius Vanderbilt III, great-grandson of the Commodore, son of Cornelius Vanderbilt II & Alice Claypoole Gwynne. According to the Wikipedia entry, this three-story brownstone was left to him by George Washington Vanderbilt.
660 Fifth Avenue (Manhattan, New York) – built by family favorite architect, Richard Morris Hunt, for William K. & Alva Erskine Vanderbilt.
Breakers (Newport, Rhode Island) – Home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II and wife Alice, next to Vinland Estate, the home of Cornelius’ sister Florence. Built from 1893-1895. Their granddaughter Sylvia sold the estate to the Preservation Society of Newport County in 1972. Sylvia’s children currently live in a restricted area of the home; the rest being open to tourists. [Official Website | Wikipedia Entry]
Elm Court (Aiken, South Carolina) – home purchased by William K. Vanderbilt in 1914. Home was previously used as the first courthouse in Aiken. Residence burned in 1970.
Elm Court Estate (Lenox, Massachusetts) – Home of Emily Thorn Vanderibt (granddaughter of the Commodore) and William Douglas Sloane. [Official website]
Florham (Madison, New Jersey) – Home of Florence Vanderbilt & husband Hamilton McKay Twombly. Sold after Florence’s death to Fairleigh Dickinson University. [History of the Estate]
Great Camp Sycamore – estate owned by the Alfred Vanderbilt family from 1901-1954. Located in Raquette Lake, NY. [Official Website]
High Lawn Farms (Lee, Massachussetts) – was the family estate of Lila Vanderbilt Sloane Field and husband William Broadhurst Osgood Field. In 1935, the estate was taken over by their daughter, Marjorie, and her husband H. George Wilde. The farm is a dairy farm with an original mission to develop a New Jersey cow that would last long in a herd. [Official Website]
Idle Hour (Oakdale, Long Island) – home of William Kissam Vanderbilt Sr and wife Alva Erskine Smith. The home burned down in 1899. A second mansion was erected and now is part of the campus of Dowling College.
Rough Point (Newport, Rhode Island) – home of the Commodore’s grandson, Frederick William Vanderbilt. Finished in 1892. At the time of commissioning, the home was the largest one in Newport. Vanderbilt sold the home in 1906. It was opened up as a museum in 2000. [Official Website | Wikipedia Entry ]
Sagamore Farm (Glyndon, Maryland) – inherited by Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt Jr. on his 21st birthday from his mother, Mrs. Margaret Emerson Vanderbilt. On the farm Alfred raised thoroughbred horses. [Wikipedia Entry]
Shelburne Farms (Shelburne, Vermont)- created in 1866 by Lila Vanderbilt & husband Seward Webb. In 1972 it became a non-profit. [Official Website]
Vanderbilt Mansion @ Hyde Park (Hyde Park, New York) – built in 1895, this was the home of Frederick William Vanderiblt and wife Louise. Frederick was a grandson of the Commodore, son of William Henry Vanderbilt. The home is now listed as a National Historic Site with the National Park Service. [NPS Website]
Vinland Estate (Newport, Rhode Island)- Built in 1882 and sold to Florence Vanderbilt and husband Hamilton McKay Twombly in 1896. In 1955, after Florence’s death, her daughter donated it to Salve Regina University and it is now Mauley Hall. It was right next door to The Breakers, the estate of Florence’s brother, Cornelius Vanderbilt II. [ McAuley Hall | Wikipedia Entry]