Old Westbury Gardens

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Old Westbury Gardens
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Old Westbury Gardens is located in New York
Old Westbury Gardens
Old Westbury Gardens is located in the United States
Old Westbury Gardens
Nearest cityWestbury, New York
Coordinates40°46′26″N 73°35′47″W / 40.77389°N 73.59639°W / 40.77389; -73.59639Coordinates: 40°46′26″N 73°35′47″W / 40.77389°N 73.59639°W / 40.77389; -73.59639
Area100 acres (40 ha)
ArchitectGeorge A. Crawley
Architectural styleCarolean Revival
NRHP reference No.76001234[1]
Added to NRHPNovember 08, 1976

Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of businessman John Shaffer Phipps (1874–1958), an heir to the Phipps family fortune, in Nassau County, New York. Located at 71 Old Westbury Road in Old Westbury, the property was converted into a museum home in 1959. It is open for tours from April through October.


Work on the estate began in 1903, when John Shaffer Phipps promised his fiancée, Margarita Grace (a daughter of businessman Michael P. Grace), that he would build her a home in the United States that resembled her family's British residence at Battle Abbey in Battle, East Sussex, England. The house was ready in 1906 for Phipps, his wife and their young children.[2]

Westbury House, the Carolean Revival (Charles II style) mansion designed by British designer George A. Crawley, assisted by American architect Grosvenor Atterbury,[3] contains 23 rooms. The grounds cover 160 acres (0.65 km2).

The painting of Mrs. Henry Phipps and Her Grandson Winston (1906–07) by John Singer Sargent hangs in the dining room. Winston Guest was the child, and his godfather was Winston Churchill.

Visiting hours[edit]

It has been open to the public for tours since 1959. It is open to the public daily (except Tuesdays) from late April through October. An entrance fee is charged.

In media[edit]

Scenes of the driveway and some of the ground floor interiors were used in the 1970 film Love Story to depict the family home of Oliver Barrett IV, played by Ryan O'Neal.

Old Westbury Gardens is a popular wedding venue. You can hear about the wedding experience in many of the songs from Marcuss and Passio which dives into the unique architecture.

Other movies filmed on the grounds include North by Northwest, The Age of Innocence, Wolf, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, Cruel Intentions, 8MM, The Manchurian Candidate (2004), Hitch, Bernard and Doris and American Gangster.[4] Scenes from the television series Pushing Daisies, Gossip Girl and Royal Pains also used the location in filming.

It served as the inspiration for the Buchanan Estate featured in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film adaption of The Great Gatsby by his wife and production designer Catherine Martin.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Archived from the original (Searchable database) on 2019-04-04. Retrieved 2016-03-01. Note: This includes Raymond W. Smith (July 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Old Westbury Gardens" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-01. and Accompanying photographs, Lorraine Gilligan (August 2010). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Old Westbury Gardens (Boundary Increase)" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-01. and Accompanying photographs
  3. ^ Westbury House, Old Westbury, NY
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-11-05. Retrieved 2016-08-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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