2015-04-19 - Old Croton Aqueduct Walk II - Part IV
We saw the Keeper’s House. Many people who managed the Old Croton Aqueduct lived in this area, near the midpoint of the aqueduct. This is the only house that remains and it is being converted into a museum and a place of education, especially for kids. Most of the $3000 in grant money I am getting from my company, Royal Bank of Canada, is going towards this cause.
The season was quite interesting, with certain trees fully leafed and others wonderfully spindly in geometric perfection.
We did not miss the Octagon House this time. It is a private house and well known for its architecture. The owner, J. Lombardi, describes it as “the only known residence constructed in the eight-sided, domed colonnaded shape of a classic Roman Temple.” It is supposed to be absolutely beautiful on the inside too, and this photo doesn't do it justice.
I saw Lyndhurst from afar. I had seen it close-up just the month prior. Lyndhurst is a Gothic Revival mansion designed by Alexander Jackson Davis in a park-like estate. It houses a collection of artwork. Past owners have included “NYC mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt and railroad tycoon Jay Gould” (Wikipedia). The asymmetrical original construction by William Paulding and A.J. Davis was unique among other buildings in the area. The size was doubled around 1865, and the estate was renamed Lyndenhurst after the linden trees planted there during George Merritt’s ownership. Jay Gould purchased it as a summer home after Merritt’s death. Now the 67-acre estate belongs to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The magnolias were stunning. Soon we reached Tarrytown and walked down Franklin street to go to the train station. Ten of us out of fifteen finished the whole thing and the weather was perfect.