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Reid Hall, Manhattanville College

Coordinates: 41°01′56″N 73°42′57″W / 41.0322°N 73.7157°W / 41.0322; -73.7157
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Reid Hall, Manhattanville College
Reid Hall, Manhattanville College is located in New York
Reid Hall, Manhattanville College
Reid Hall, Manhattanville College is located in the United States
Reid Hall, Manhattanville College
LocationManhattanville College, Purchase St., Purchase, New York
Coordinates41°01′56″N 73°42′57″W / 41.0322°N 73.7157°W / 41.0322; -73.7157
AreaStructure 50,000 square feet (4,600 m2)
Grounds 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
ArchitectStanford White; Frederick Law Olmsted
Architectural styleRenaissance
NRHP reference No.74001321[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 22, 1974

Reid Hall, also known as "The Castle", is a historic academic building located on the campus of Manhattanville College at Purchase, Westchester County, New York, United States. The Renaissance Revival structure was built in 1892 as a 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) private home for publisher and diplomat Whitelaw Reid, with estate landscaping by Frederick Law Olmsted.


The Castle was designed by Stanford White and built in 1892 as a dwelling for Whitelaw Reid after he returned from Paris after serving as the 28th United States Minister to France. Frederick Law Olmsted was hired to landscape his estate. Reid Hall occupies the footprint of the previous property owner Ben Holladay's Ophir Hall, which burned down and was rebuilt by Reid with the massive granite crenellated mansion. The building was expanded in 1912 by McKim, Mead & White with a large library wing and guest cottage.

Reid Hall was at one time a potential site for the United Nations. The property was purchased by Manhattanville College in 1951.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[1]


It is a four-story, L-shaped building built of granite blocks in the Renaissance Revival style. It features a five-story tower and a corbelled battlement parapet that conceals a flat roof.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Edna Hibbs; Joan M. Norton & Lynn Beebe Weaver (March 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Registration:Reid Hall, Manhattanville College". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-12-30. See also: "Accompanying photo".