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Victorian Studies: New York Victorians

This guide to Victorian Studies was originated by David Oldenkamp, Wendy Bousfield and Professor Linda Shires.

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You will find links to information on restored homes and historic sites in New York State.

Restored Homes and Historic Sites

Washington Irving's Sunnyside, Tarrytown, New York
"In 1835, Irving purchased a simple 18th-century cottage and enlarged and remodeled it to its present appearance. The wisteria-covered, stepped-gable entrance and the Spanish-style tower are instantly recognizable images of America's literary and architectural history. Sunnyside and its Romantic landscape are presented to visitors by guides dressed in the costume of the mid-Victorian period."

Kykuit, The Rockefeller Estate
Gilded Age (late Victorian) mansion. "Home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, Kykuit commands a breathtaking view of the Hudson River and occupies a landscape of extensive stone terraces, formal gardens, and glorious fountains."

Lorenzo State Historic Site
"Lorenzo is the elegant brick mansion built in 1807 by a young Dutch naval officer, John Lincklaen. Generations of the family occupied the mansion until 1968. . . ."

Lyndhurst
Hudson Valley mansion near Irving's Sunnyside.

Olana State Historic Site
Hudson River artist Frederick Church's Moorish mansion.

William H. Seward House
"The historic home of William H. Seward and his family, located in Auburn, in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State. The Seward House, which is beautifully preserved, is of a design that combines Federal and Tuscan style architecture."

Robert Louis Stevenson Cottage, Saranac Lake, New York
"Here in this quaint old farmhouse you are taken back to the year 1887 when the immortal author of Treasure Island came from Bournemouth, England to live in Saranac Lake. Still preserved in its original state, you will see the largest collection of personal mementos in America. . . ."