Located just next door to Sunnyside, in Terrytown, NY, is Lyndhurst, another very significant nineteenth century mansion. This building‘s place in American architectural history can not be understated, as it is one of the great examples of the Gothic Revival style. Lyndhurst was constructed in two phases, both times to designs by architect Alexander Jackson Davis, who also designed much of the furniture. The first phase (1838-1842) was for William Paulding, Jr. and the second (1864-1865) for George Merritt. Jay Gould owned the house from 1880 to 1892 and his daughter, Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand-Perigord, donated it to the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 1961. Visitors to the house can either tour on their own or take a guided tour (the same choice was offered when I visited Edith Wharton’s The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts). Before touring the house, I wondered where the gift shop was. It was not until the end of the tour that I entered the shop in the basement, which had a good selection of items. Both Sunnyside and Lyndhurst sell guidebooks about their respective houses which are excellent examples of such books, providing detailed historical information in addition to pictures. The angle of the afternoon sun prevented me from taking an adequate picture of the house!

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Lyndhurst 003The Earlier Section of the Mansion.