A place where a man who has to work in New York City may live the year round, where there is the highest altitude the least number of miles from town, a place where little children may be allowed to run at large in safety – in other words as a most beautiful place of permanent homes, Tuxedo Park is nearly as ideal as can be found.” Emily Post, 1911.
Over a hundred years ago Pierre Lorillard IV created his breathtakingly beautiful sportsman’s preserve out of a mountain wilderness and created an enclave of mansions and beautifully designed homes by the best known architects of the day clustered around three sparkling lakes beneath the lovely Ramapo Mountains.
The roads wind through 2,500 acres of parkland, charming because of its craggy, unspoiled beauty and free of overcrowding and suburban development, this historic district is a tribute to spectacular architecture and environmental planning. Tuxedo Park is a well preserved village that lies peacefully beyond a manned gate house that provides absolute privacy and security.
Tuxedo Park showcases residences, some of which date back to 1885, when Pierre Lorillard commissioned Bruce Price, a famous turn of the century architect, to build the first 13 summer cottages. In only eight months, their crew of 1800 European laborers built 30 miles of roads bordered by possibly some of the most beautiful stone walls to be seen today. Lorillard encouraged Price to exploit the rough materials found in the area and to subordinate the design of the residences in the natural beauty of the environment. As more homes were built between 1885 and the early 1900’s, nearly every important style of American domestic architecture was represented, including Tudor, Spanish Mission, Georgian, Jacobean, Gothic Revival, Queen Anne and Dutch Colonial Revival.
The architects whose work appears in Tuxedo Park reads like a Who’s Who of the times, including McKim, Mead and White, James Renwick, Jr. William A. Bates, James Brown Lord, Richard Howland Hunt, Robert Robertson, Warren and Wetmore, and Delano and Aldrich, just to name a few. Few communities in the country retain such a remarkable number of significant residences in such pristine condition.
All this, in less than one hour’s drive from New York City. Convenient to the New York State Thruway (I-87) and commuter buses and trains to New York City. An easy commute to all three New York metro airports and Stewart Airport is less than an hour away. Shopping and dining facilities are nearby as are both public and private schools. Recreational activities abound, including fishing, boating, swimming at the Wee Wah Beach Club, skiing at nearby Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center, golf, and hiking the vast trails of Harriman State Park.