Kykuit derived from the Dutch word Kijkuit meaning "lookout," appropriate, since the mansion and estate is situated on the highest point in the hamlet of Pocantico Hills, overlooking the Hudson River at Tappan Zee.
The views of the Hudson from inside the house and as you stroll the gardens are incredible. There is a modern art museum in the basement, and a display of several of the Rockefeller's carriages/cars throughout the decades. Although most of the estate is still privately owned by descendants, it was pretty cool to be able to peek behind the curtain.
Kykuit was designed originally as a steep-roofed three-story stone mansion by the architects Chester Holmes Aldrich and William Adams Delano. The initial eclectic structure took six years to complete. Before being occupied it was substantially rebuilt in its present four-story Classical Revival Georgian form.
In 1906, the design of Kykuit's grounds was undertaken by the architect William Welles Bosworth, who designed the surrounding terraces and gardens with fountains, pavilions and classical sculpture.
If you love architecture, modern art and beautiful scenery, this is a perfect day-trip destination, because it combines it all.
Getting there: 381 N Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591
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