Historic Houses in NYC
by Annie Bergen, 04/23/2013
(From left) Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum photo courtesy the Historic House Trust • Gracie Mansion photo by Julienne Schaer
New York City is known for skyscrapers, but its smaller-scale historic houses offer an opportunity to time travel to a rich cultural past. Once functioning as country estates for New York's wealthiest families as well as working farms and homesteads, the houses are a throwback to an era that's hard to imagine in today's bustling urban environment. Preserved in bucolic settings in City parks and located in all five boroughs, the houses boast grand architecture, lovely gardens, working farms and commanding views. Inside, you'll find many personal items of NYC's earliest residents and finely restored decorative arts and furnishings—and you'll learn how these homes serve as an important link to New York City's social and architectural history from colonial times to the present. Read on for more about some of these marvelous manses.