The Mansion

Hyde Park was a seasonal residence, one of a portfolio of homes the Vanderbilts owned in New York City, Bar Harbor, Newport, and the Adirondacks. The house designed for Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt by McKim, Mead, & White is a masterpiece of American architecture. Though modest compared to the grand houses of Vanderbilt’s siblings, the Hyde Park interiors spared no expense and are richly appointed with exotic wood paneling, imported marble, lush velvets, French tapestries, and, as was the custom, antique building components salvaged from the great houses of Europe.

 
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A History of the Vanderbilt Mansion

The Vanderbilt Mansion is a home built expressly for the aristocratic lifestyle for a family whose name is the very definition of wealth and privilege. The stately house designed for Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt at Hyde Park is an understated masterpiece of American design.

 
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Rooms and Furnishings

A room-by-room look at some of the principal rooms in the Vanderbilt Mansion and the treausres within.

 
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Audio Tour of the Mansion

Explore the mansion at your own pace with an audio tour narrated by park rangers.

 
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Hyde Park Interior Design Sources: Codman’s Eye

Hyde Park’s interiors illustrate the collaborative practices among Gilded Age architects, clients, and artisans.

 
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Mansion FAQs

Are you wondering if there are any secret passages in the mansion? Or maybe you are curious about how many fireplaces there are. Consult these frequently asked questions about the architecture, rooms, and details of the mansion to find out a range of trivial facts!

Last updated: June 21, 2021

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Mailing Address:

4097 Albany Post Road
Hyde Park, NY 12538

Phone:

(845) 229-7770

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