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10 secret subway tunnels in New York City

Just like the rest of New York City, our 115-year-old subway system consists of many layers, each of which provides a glimpse into a sliver of the city’s history. However, even abandoned underground spaces don’t stay neglected for long. While some of NYC’s old tunnels and stations seem to have been neglected for good, many […]

Chicago History Timeline – Couch Tomb

No one knows how many bodies are in this vault in a Chicago public park.  Like many present-day green spaces, Chicago’s verdant Lincoln Park had a past life as a cemetery. Ambling through it today, though, you’d never know it—unless you happened across the Couch Tomb. The stone mausoleum is the most visible record of […]

Kykuit Estate (Rockefeller Mansion) – New York

Kykuit (/ˈkaɪkʌt/ KYK-ut), known also as the John D. Rockefeller Estate, is a 40-room historic house museum in Pocantico Hills, a hamlet in the town of Mount Pleasant, New York. The house was built for oil tycoon, capitalist, and Rockefeller familypatriarch John D. Rockefeller. Conceived largely by his son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and enriched by the art collection of the third-generation scion, Governor of […]

13 Largest Historic Houses in USA

13. Corinthian Hall, Kansas City Museum MO. This stunning building was constructed in 1908 for the Long family in the Beaux-Arts style and named because of the large columns on the front of the home. It has 35,000 sqft and is presently a museum open to the public.  #12 is Greystone Manor located in Beverly […]

THE 1800’S: MANSIONS AND INDUSTRY of Astoria, Queens

Two competing forces defined the Astoria waterfront throughout the nineteenth century. Wealthy New Yorkers built grand estates and stately summer homes along the shoreline. Meanwhile, factories, warehouses, and chemical plants on the Queens waterfront fueled the growth of a rapidly developing city and drove people away from enjoying time on the waterfront. In the 1800s, the […]

Abandoned station – Bartow Station, The BRONX, New York City

A former connection to City Island, it has been abandoned since the 1930s Bartow Station was designed by Cass Gilbert and built in 1908 as a replacement for an existing wooden station in a small village called Bartow-on-the-Sound. After getting off at the station you could connect to a trolley into City Island. For a […]

Chicago History Timeline – Town Hall Police Station 1907

The 42nd Precinct/Town Hall Police Station, located in Chicago’s Lake View community area, is one of the oldest and most architecturally significant extant historic police station buildings in Chicago. It was constructed in 1907 on the site of Lake View Township’s Town Hall and subsequently has been commonly referred to as the “Town Hall Police Station.” Only three […]

Historic Mansions on Long Island – Hempstead House (Guggenheim Estate)

Hempstead House, also known as the Gould-Guggenheim Estate or Sands Point Preserve, is a large estate that was started by Howard Gould and completed by Daniel Guggenheim in 1912. It is located in Sands Point, New York The estate The grounds contain two castle-like buildings, Hempstead House, the main house, and a smaller house, known as Castle Gould. The main house measures 225 ft […]

Lillian Sefton Dodge Estate

Lillian Sefton Dodge Estate, also known as Sefton Manor and Mill Neck Manor Lutheran School for the Deaf, is a historic estate located at Mill Neck in Nassau County, New York. It has 34 rooms and is 60,000 square feet. It was designed in 1922 by the architectural firm Clinton and Russell for cosmetics executive Lillian Sefton Dodge. It was inspired by St. […]

Historical Mansions Of The Bronx

Many of the old mansions of the Bronx are still extant and many of them have disappeared, but most of them have an interesting history either politically or socially and we give an account of some of the more important ones by a writer who was born and bred in the Bronx and has an […]