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On a hill surrounded by gardens, stone terraces, and fountains sits the stunning classical-revival mansion that was home to four generations of Rockefellers, one of America's most famous families. From its regal position, Kykuit (pronounced "kie-cut"), which means "lookout" in Dutch, has breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Antiques, ceramics, and famous artworks fill the house, which was finished in 1913; sculptures by Alexander Calder, Constantin Brancusi, Louise Nevelson, and Pablo Picasso adorn the grounds, which encompass 87 acres. You must take a tour to see the estate, which is accessible only by shuttle bus from the visitor center at Philipsburg Manor.

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  • Address: 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 | Map It
  • Phone: 914/631–8200
  • Cost: $22–$35
  • Hours: May–early Nov., hrs vary
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  • Location: Tarrytown

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    Prices quoted in this description are out of date, as we paid $40pp for the most comprehensive, 3 hour tour. Terribly expensive in light of value for money.

    Gasp inducing site positioned high above the Hudson, lovely gardens & neo-classical house designed by Delano & Aldrich - at least originally. Inside not pulled together well, as Nelson Rockefeller's modern art jars terribly - rococo at war with Dali. Little discussion from guide about LOVELY Irish Chippendale furniture, which is most rare in this country - had to prompt it with dental tools. Nelson's basement art gallery less than a success, esp when compared to the Barnes Institute. My husband said the HVAC was moldy & endangered the art - my own opinion is that it's not much of a loss, although the lack of AC throughout the house endangers the wonderful 18th century Irish Chippendale mentioned.

    NO AIR CONDITIONING ANYWHERE!!! And this 3-hour tour embraces house & garden in equal measure. Torture almost start to finish at 93 degrees in August 2010.

    by shedridt, 8/17/10

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