May 04 2016

Amazing Aerials from the Cradle of Aviation: #4 A View That Might Have Inspired “The Great Gatsby”

The fourth exclusive aerial from the Cradle of Aviation Museum collection provides a spectacular 1930 Sands Point view of  the Beacon Towers built by Alva Vanderbilt Belmont beginning in 1917. Many believe the mansion was one of the inspirations for Jay Gatsby's West Egg mansion in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel "The Great Gatsby".

An amazing feature of the aerial was a view of the possible East Egg mansion: Herbert Bayard Swope's Keewaydin  mansion (later Land's End) or Frank N. Hoffstot's Belcaro mansion.


Howard Kroplick

 In 1917, Alva Vanderbilt Belmont, widowed from her second husband O.H.P. Belmont for 9 years, commissioned Richard Howland Hunt to design this gothic fantasy castle. Hunt was the eldest son of Richard Morris Hunt who had completed the Biltmore Estate for the Vanderbilt family in 1895.

The Sand Point Light. The lighthouse was part of Alva's property.

The never seen before view of Alva's two tennis courts.

Herbert Bayard Swope's Keewaydin's mansion in Sands Point, believed to be the inspiration for the East Egg mansion in The Great Gatsby.

Frank  Hoffstot's Belcaro mansion, another East Egg possibility.

A Savoia-Marchetti S-56

The Savoia-Marchetti S-56 at the Cradle of Aviation made in Port Washington.


May 05 2016 Greg O. 7:40 AM

Wow! What an amazing aerial of Beacon Towers! Awesome post.

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