Wilderstein and the Suckleys: A Hudson River Legacy
Written by: Cynthia Owen Philip
An exuberant triumph of the late-19th-century Queen Anne style, Wilderstein, located in Rhinebeck, New York, is widely regarded as one of the Hudson Valley’s most important examples of Victorian architecture. Built originally in 1852 as a modest Italianate Villa, the house was transformed in 1888 into the magnificent Queen Anne mansion on view today with its unique five-story tower, a distinctive Hudson River landmark for over 150 years. No expense was spared. The interiors which remain virtually untouched since 1888 and include the original woodwork, stained glass, wall coverings, and furniture were designed by Joseph Burr Tiffany, and the grounds located on a plateau with a sweeping view of the Hudson River were designed by Calvert Vaux, the master landscape architect who designed New York City’s Central Park. Wilderstein is also widely recognized as one of the great successes of historic architectural preservation in the Hudson Valley. In the early 1980s, Wilderstein became a not-for-profit historic site.
Wilderstein and the Suckleys is more than just the story of a house, however; it is also the intimate story of three generations of a Hudson Valley family that left its mark on the rich social scene east of the river in the Victorian and Edwardian ages, a time when the Hudson River Valley was home to many of the wealthiest and most politically prominent American families the Roosevelts, Astors, Vanderbilts, and Livingstons, to name but a few of the more famous. Into this heady environment stepped the Suckleys, heirs to a fortune gleaned from trade, shipping, and real estate, and related to some of their more famous neighbors including Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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