Mansions Of The Gold Coast

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Herbert L. Pratt estate, c. 1912, also known as the Braes, is currently the campus of the Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Here, workers from Hicks Nurseries plant trees on the estate. (Photo courtesy of Hicks Nurseries)

In the mid- to late 1800s, wealthy folks flocked to Glen Cove for refuge and built large estates on sprawling properties. Residents of the Gold Coast included members of the Pratt family, J.P. Morgan Jr., W. E. Burton, Henry Clay Folger, Alexander C. Humphrey, F.W. Woolworth and Richard S. Reynolds. While some of the grand mansions still exist, others have long since been demolished.

Seamoor, c. 1900. The home of Charles Millard Pratt, the oldest son of Charles Pratt, Sr. The home was demolished in 1969—the only Pratt home that no longer stands. (Photo courtesy of the Glen Cove Public Library Robert R. Coles Long Island History Room)
Killenworth, former home of George DuPont Pratt, son of Charles Pratt. The home was built in 1912 and purchased by the Soviet Union in 1951; it remains a vacation home to the Russian delegation of the United Nations.
The Manor, now the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center, was the former home of John Teele Pratt and Ruth Baker Pratt. (Photo courtesy of the Glen Cove Public Library Robert R. Coles Long Island History Room)
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