OHEKA Castle, New York (Images of America Series)

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Enrico Caruso sang in its grand ballroom, and Arturo Toscanini lifted his baton to its soaring ceiling. Constructed in 1919, OHEKA Castle, Long Island's largest Gold Coast mansion, was once described by the New York Times as the "finest country house in America." Appearing as the mysterious mountaintop castle in the opening scenes of the film classic Citizen Kane, its majestic edifice and meticulous grounds continue to dazzle the screens of major Hollywood movies and television shows. It was a playground for the ...

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Overview

Enrico Caruso sang in its grand ballroom, and Arturo Toscanini lifted his baton to its soaring ceiling. Constructed in 1919, OHEKA Castle, Long Island's largest Gold Coast mansion, was once described by the New York Times as the "finest country house in America." Appearing as the mysterious mountaintop castle in the opening scenes of the film classic Citizen Kane, its majestic edifice and meticulous grounds continue to dazzle the screens of major Hollywood movies and television shows. It was a playground for the rich and famous of the Gilded Era, when heads of state, royalty, stage and screen stars, great comedians, and bohemians alike cavorted about its great halls. In subsequent years, it became home to an eclectic array of occupants, including New York City sanitation workers, World War II radio trainees, military school cadets, and eventually vandals and squatters. After its abandonment and descent into unrecognizable ruin, a Long Island developer with an appreciation for history reversed the adverse effects of time and neglect, transforming OHEKA into the largest restored home in America.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738592428
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 6/4/2012
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 719,418
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Joan Cergol and Ellen Schaffer are founding members of Friends of OHEKA, an organization created to raise awareness about the castle's rich history. Photographs were provided by OHEKA Castle, private individuals (including Kahn family members), historical societies and other historic research institutions, and professional photographers.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 6

Introduction 8

1 Cold Spring Harbor: 1919-1939 9

2 Sanitation Retreat: 1939-1940 31

3 Radio Days: 1943-1945 41

4 Military School: 1948-1979 45

5 Abandonment and Devastation: 1979-1983 51

6 Restoration: 1984-1995 59

7 Friends to the Rescue: 1996-1997 79

8 Movies, Television, and More: 1941-Present 89

9 Historic Photograph Montage: 1897-1979 97

Bibliography 127

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