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In 1885-86, Pierre Lorillard IV created his breathtakingly beautiful sportsman's preserve out of a mountain wilderness. It is an enclave of mansions and beautifully designed houses by the best known architects of the day clustered around three sparkling lakes beneath the lovely Ramapo Mountains. All this, and less than an hour's drive from New York City.
The roads wind through 2,050 acres of parkland, charming because of its craggy, unspoiled beauty, and intriguing in this era of overcrowding and suburban development, because of its spectacular architecture and environmental planning. Tuxedo Park is a well-preserved village that lies peaceful and absolutely secure beyond a manned gatehouse that insures privacy, security, and tranquility.
A designated historic district, Tuxedo Park retains a number of significant residences, some of which date from 1886, and exemplifies nearly every important style of American domestic architecture.
Bruce Price, a famous turn-of-the-century architect, under the direction of Pierre Lorillard, and with a crew of 1,800 immigrant laborers, in eight months time yielded 30 miles of roads bordered by possibly some of the most spectacularly beautiful stone walls to be seen today. Lorillard encouraged Price to exploit the rough materials found in the area and to subordinate the design of the residences to the natural beauty of the environment.
The most popular styles of contemporary architecture were built in Tuxedo Park in the 1890's. Structures in the Tudor Revival, Spanish Mission, Georgian, Jacobean, Gothic Revival,Queen Anne and Dutch Colonial Revival are all represented.
The architects whose work appears in Tuxedo Park read like a Who's Who of the times, including Bruce Price, McKim, Mead & White, Walker & Gillette, Donn Barber, William A. Bates, T. Henry Randall, William A. Potter, Warren & Wetmore, Carrere & Hastings, John Russell Pope, T. Markoe Robertson, James Brown Lord, Richard Howland Hunt, Russell Sturgis and William Lescaze. Few communities in the country retain such a remarkable number of these mansions in such pristine condition.
Convenient transportation includes the New York State Thruway (I-87), and commuter buses and trains to New York City. Complete shopping and dining facilities are located nearby as are both public and private schools. Recreational facilities abound and include swimming at the Wee Wah Beach Club for Tuxedo residents, and skiing at the nearby Sterling Forest Ski Center.Golf, tennis, fishing, hiking, boating, etc., are all nearby.
Private airports are readily accessible, as well as Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports. Stewart airport is within a half-hour and is convenient for private planes.
Tuxedo Park's own private police force guarantees the utmost in security and privacy, and enables its residents to be free of modern day anxieties that plague the vast majority of present day communities.
Courtesy of PAMELA CROMEY REAL ESTATE, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987 (845) 351-5611