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Location: Oyster Bay, N.Y.
The Skinny: Partners in the venerable architecture firm of Delano & Aldrich, William Adams Delano and Chester Holmes Aldrich were some of the most sought after architects of their day and built landmarks like NYC's Knickerbocker Club and Long Island's famed Oheka Castle. In 1928, the duo were commissioned by stockbroker Gerard Beekman Hoppin to design a country residence on his 45-acre Oyster Bay estate, Four Winds. This brick pile is the result, complete with a dramatic oval staircase, a Delano & Aldrich signature. Now set on just 4.5 acres and without the benefit of the original Ferruccio Vitale-designed landscaping, the 21-room mansion is asking $3.6M. That is a mightily ambitious price—the house last sold in 1995 for $970K, when the lead listing photo seems to date from, and only looks to have deteriorated since—but a skilled restorer could do wonders on this 10-bedroom, eight-bathroom manse, which boasts eight fireplaces, a cherrywood-lined library, a ballroom, and a heated two-car garage.
· 40 Berry Hill Rd [Zillow]
· Ferruccio Vitale: Landscape Architect of the Country Place Era [Google Books]