Long Island Mansions Guide

My unofficial guide to fine country house living.

White Eagle/Templeton

Location: Wheatley Hills

Built: 1916-1917

Built for: Alfred I. Dupont

Architect: Carrere & Hastings

Rooms: 

Acres: 270

Guided Tours: No 

White Eagle was origianlly built for Alfed Dupont  and later occupied by Sir Winston Guest who changed the name to Templeton.  I think this is one of the most impressive looking country houses with all the decorative details set against the red brick. It also sits perfectly on it's site. An interesting feature is that the most elaborate facade is not the front of the house, but the east side that overlooks a sprawling lawn. With it's curved, columned terraces flanking the house, it's a very inviting effect.

The mansion is now part of the New York Institute of Technology known as the deSeversky Center. They had the nerve to kick me off of the property one time when I was taking pictures even though I am an alumni. I'm still a little bitter. But I digress, I recently stopped by again with no incidents. It is now used for different events including weddings.

Some of the garden details still remain such as: the wrought iron garden gates, brick walls and allees of trees. Check out all the detailing around the house and gardens like the scrolls, swags, finials and gates. The place also has some of the biggest urns I have ever seen. I would say second only to Rosecliff in Newport. The urns were originally part of the now demolished Pembroke estate in Glen Cove. Unfortunately, I have never been inside, but the marble staircase is supposedly a thing of beauty. Other rooms also retain their former grandeur.

 


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