Sunday, June 14, 2009

'Beacon Towers'


'Beacon Towers', built for Mrs. O.H.P. Belmont (Alva Smith Vanderbilt Belmont) by Richard Howland Hunt c. 1917-18 in Sands Point. The house was sold to William Randolph Hearst in 1927 and was demolished in the early '40s. Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Beacon Towers'.  Click HERE to see where 'Beacon Towers' stood on google earth. Pictured above is 'Beacon Towers' after Hearst's exterior alterations.

7 comments:

Jeph61 said...

This is a view after Hearst purchased the house. He raised the roof, added all of the dormer windows that break the roof line, and enlarged all of the windows to allow more light and air into the rooms.

What is the second view of? Has anyone ever seen any plans for this house? Floor plans?

Zach said...

I can't find a bigger picture than this of the house pre-renovation but it is helpful: http://www.period-homes.com/Previous-Issues-07/images/November07/BookReviews/northshore5.jpg

The second picture is an interior shot from somewhere inside.

Anonymous said...

omg - they tore this one down and it wasn't even 30 years old!!
isn't the picture on the dupont castle website pre hearst? its from the seaside but he must have put dormers on that side too.

matthew houskeeper said...

Wow!!!!
I was not aware of this.

Anonymous said...

Wow I'v never seen a picture of the front only the back. It's even more magnificent from the front.

Anonymous said...

a treasure of a site!

just wanted to add that the 2nd interior shot is not of Beacon Towers but of the Belmont's NYC mansion...

Anonymous said...

http://fallentowers.blogspot.com/ do these interiors help you out?