Long Island Mansions Guide

My unofficial guide to fine country house living.

Welwyn

Location: Glen Cove

Built: Circa 1904 

Built for: Harold Irving Pratt

Architect: Delano & Aldrich

Rooms: 

Acres: 204

Guided Tours: No 

Welwyn was the country house of Harold Irving Pratt. Iit is now the Welwyn Nature Preserve with the house serving as a Holocaust Memorial and Education Center. I find the entrance drive to be one of the highlights of the estate. After going through a rather understated entrance gate, you meander through the woods and cross over a little bridge without a glimpse of the house. Then you finally come to a park like clearing with some scattered trees that leads to the home's entrance. The front entrance is the most prominent feature on the facade. I've never seen an entrance like this with the etched glass. Welwyn is now used as a museum, but you can still see some interior detail if you look closely. The entrance hall is still pretty much intact and gives you a little hint of what once was.

I'm glad to see that the formal gardens have been restored. Probably not duplicates of the originals, but they look good and it is a nice place to take in a quiet moment. Nice job. The other notable feature of a visit to Welwyn is the walk to the Long Island Sound. It's quite a long walk, but at least it's on a paved path. I might also mention that going down to the water is much easier than coming back. It's well worth it though to see the views of the Sound and Connecticut beyond. Pratt's private stone pier still stands. There are also severlal nature trails to hike.

This was one of several Pratt residences contained in what was known as the Pratt Oval. The other estates were: The Braes, Killenworth, Poplar Hill and the Manor House. The oval also contained farm buildings and an administration building. Interestingly, the administration building was all torn down except for the main entrance with the clock tower. It is now oddly incorporated into a new housing development.

 


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