Harry E. Donnell House

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Harry E. Donnell House
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The Hill, July 2003
Harry E. Donnell House is located in New York
Harry E. Donnell House
Harry E. Donnell House is located in the US
Harry E. Donnell House
Location 71 Locust Ln., Eatons Neck, New York
Coordinates 40°56′3″N 73°23′20″W / 40.93417°N 73.38889°W / 40.93417; -73.38889Coordinates: 40°56′3″N 73°23′20″W / 40.93417°N 73.38889°W / 40.93417; -73.38889
Area 4.5 acres (1.8 ha)
Built 1902
Architect Donnell,Harry E.; Randall & Miller
Architectural style Tudor Revival
MPS Huntington Town MRA
NRHP Reference # 85002516[1]
Added to NRHP September 26, 1985

The Harry E. Donnell House, also known as The Hill, is a historic 33-room Tudor mansion located on the north shore of Long Island, at 71 Locust Lane, Eatons Neck, Suffolk County, New York. The mansion was designed by prominent New York City architect Harry E. Donnell for his wife, Ruth Robinson Donnell on 200 acres (81 ha) of land given to the couple by Ruth's father George H. Robinson. The mansion was constructed in June, 1902 and completed in January, 1903 by the Randall and Miller Company of Freeport, New York.[2] When completed, the mansion had dual waterfronts. The east lawn extended from the mansion to Duck Island Harbor, and had sweeping views of Long Island Sound, while the south lawn extended to Northport Bay. About 80 acres (32 ha) northwest of the mansion was fashioned into a golf course.[3]

In 1927, the estate was subdivided, and the Eaton Harbors Corporation created to maintain the private roads and beaches for the new owners in the subdivision. During the Great Depression sales of building lots on the old estate moved slowly. In 1964, the mansion and 4 acres (1.6 ha) were sold by Nicholas Donnell Ward to the Lang family, and in 1977 purchased by the Treuting and McBrien families. In 1987, it was purchased by Robert Gerlach.[4]

East side of Mansion in 1997

In 1997, the mansion was sold to the Carr family, who obtained the original architectural plans from Nicholas D. Ward and used them to restore the mansion to its original design and finish. In 2002, the Carrs obtained a special use permit from the Town of Huntington, New York to operate a bed and breakfast after a lengthy court battle.

The Harry E. Donnell House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ The Long Islander, Jan 2, 1903 page 1
  3. ^ NYS Parks & Recreation (n.d.). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Harry E. Donnell House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-02-20. 
  4. ^ Carr, Edward A.T.; Michael W. Carr; Kari Ann Carr (1994). Faded Laurels, The History of Eaton's Neck and Asharoken. Heart of the Lakes Publishing. pp. 138–144. ISBN 1-55787-119-1. ISBN 9781557871190. 

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