Jay Gould’s Gothic revival home, Lyndhurst, is perched along the eastern hillside of the Hudson river in Irvington New York. Crafted of Limestone, the interiors feature walls and ceilings painted in faux finishes that resemble marble, tiles and rich woodwork. This style of decor was considered lavish at the time.
Mr. Gould was a man of great fortune as evidenced by his privately chartered boat he would ride from this weekend home to and from Manhattan. Though he was despised by many and survived attempted murders, he did have the vision to create a phenomenal glass house on his property along with a magnificent rose garden which is still cared for. The other formal gardens once enjoyed by the neighbors and friends of the Gould family are no longer in existence.
Today the grounds around this mansion are not well cared for. Though it claims to have specimen trees, as I strolled through the property I wanted to call up my arborist for an emergency visit. The home’s name comes from the Linden trees (Tilia cordata) which are dotted around the property.
The glass house was manufactured by Lord and Burnham company of Irvington, NY and is dated to 1881. The extravagant structure featured 14 separate rooms for palms, grape vines, orchids and other tropical plant collections. Cared for by a staff of 15 full time gardeners, the cast and wrought iron glass house was a symbol of decadence.
The Gould’s rose garden is nice to see, but is not worth visiting for the property alone. I recommend visiting on a nice afternoon in May and then going next door to visit Washington Irving’s beautiful cottage, Sunnyside. The contrast in taste and style of the home and grounds is fascinating. Read more about Lyndhurst here.