Hidden Gems of Westchester County
Saturday, September 14, 2019
10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (lunch will be provided)
The tour departs from croton-harmon train station
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We’ll meet at Croton-Harmon train station. Please plan your own travel to this point, arriving at Croton-Harmon station no later than 10:30 a.m.
For those who plan to drive, the trip from midtown Manhattan will take approximately one hour.
Metro North and Amtrak both have service to the Croton-Harmon station. Metro North departs from Grand Central Terminal. We suggest departing GCT at 8:49 a.m. to arrive at Croton Harmon at 10:09 a.m. Amtrak departs from Penn Station. We suggest departing Penn Station at 8:15 a.m. to arrive at Croton Harmon at 9:03 a.m.
At the conclusion of the tour, we will return to Croton-Harmon station by 5:30 p.m. For those taking Metro North we suggest either the 5:49 p.m. train which arrives at GCT at 6:53 p.m. or the 5:56 p.m. train which arrives GCT at 7:12 p.m.. Amtrak riders can catch the 6:05 p.m. train which arrives at Penn Station at 7:00 p.m..
For those who plan to drive, the trip from downtown Albany will take approximately two hours.
Amtrak service is available from the Albany/Rensselaer station to Croton-Harmon. We suggest taking the 8:15 a.m. train which arrives in Croton-Harmon at 10:04 a.m..
At the conclusion of the tour, we will return to Croton-Harmon station by 5:30 p.m. We suggest the 5:48 p.m. Amtrak which will arrive in Albany at 7:35 p.m.
Join us as we explore the historic sites of Westchester!
We will start our tour at the Neumann House. This private residence was designed in 1953 by the famed modernist architect Marcel Breuer for Vera and George Neumann (surely you remember Vera scarves – all the rage in the ‘50s and ‘60s). Current owners, and your hosts, Ken Sena and Joseph Mazzaferro will guide us through their extensive four-year-long restoration. The home was a 2019 winner of the League’s prestigious Excellence in Historic Preservation Award. The Neumann House is a beautiful example of a local property with international importance – and thanks to a careful restoration by Sena and Mazzaferro, it is now a functioning home once again.
Sunnyside, the charming home of Washington Irving, is our next stop. America’s “Founding Father of Literature” created a romantic, picturesque estate nestled along the Hudson riverbank. We’ll enjoy a box lunch on the grounds followed by a tour of the property. We’ll learn about Irving’s storied past and how he came to be America’s first internationally famous author. His characters, from the Headless Horseman to Rip Van Winkle, are global icons, and Irving’s legacy lives on at his whimsical estate.
Our next stop is one of the most visually unique homes in the world. The Armour-Stiner Octagon House is the only known, fully domed octagonal residence and the only house which replicates Donato Bramante’s 1502 Tempietto in Rome. In the mid-1970s, the house was acquired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and needed significant restoration. In 1978, the Trust sold it to Joseph Pell Lombardi, a preservation architect specializing in conservation, restoration and historic preservation throughout the world. Lombardi’s son, Michael Hall Lombardi, has managed, researched and performed restoration work throughout the house, including the Egyptian Revival Room, basement, kitchen, greenhouse, studio and much of the decorative surfaces. The house and grounds have been perfectly restored to their 1872 appearance.
Our final stop is the beautiful Union Church of Pocantico Hills. This space is a repository of awe-inspiring art by Matisse & Chagall. Stained-glass windows commissioned by the Rockefeller family, adorn this unassuming country church. The church’s rose window was the last work by Henri Matisse before his death. Nine other stained-glass windows were created by Marc Chagall in honor of various members of the Rockefeller family.