Historical Mansions Of Chicago – Cable House

The Cable House is a Richardsonian Romanesque-style house near Michigan Avenue at 25 E. Erie St. in Chicago, Illinois, United States. The house was built in 1886 by Cobb and Frost for socialite Ransom R. Cable. It was designated a Chicago Landmark on October 2, 1991. In 1902, the house was purchased by Robert Hall McCormick for his son, Robert Hall McCormick III. This was […]

Historic Mansions on Long Island – Coindre Hall

Coindre Hall, originally called West Neck Farm, is a 40-room, 80,000-square-foot (7,400 m2) mansion in the style of a medieval French château constructed in 1912 for pharmaceutical magnate George McKesson Brown. The home was designed by Clarence Luce, a Paris architect. It overlooks 34 acres (14 ha) of rolling land including a boathouse on the north shore of Long Island adjacent […]

North Brother Island,The Bronx, NEW YORK CITY

Home to the infamous “Typhoid Mary” and the worst loss of life in New York’s history until September 11, 2001. North Brother Island, located on the East River between the Bronx and Riker’s Island, is an island with a fascinating and tragic history. The island was uninhabited until 1885, when the city purchased the island in order […]

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 […]