Old Dix Hills – Today I found more tidbits and photos on the Gould Estate – which was located on about 1000 acres in the Caledonia area of Dix Hills. Please refer to an earlier post, A Glimpse of Old Dix Hills for maps and more information about the property.
Did you know that you can search the archives of old Long Island Newspapers? I didn’t until today when I found an online reference to Suffolk Historic Newspapers. The old newspaper articles brought to life the old estate and the people who lived and worked there. An article in 1909 describes the property and the palatial home to be built there – a French chateau, 162 feet across the front and nearly as deep. The gable to be 76 feet high. “Chateauiver” was designed by John Russell Pope with landscaping by the Olmsted Brothers.
Later the property fell into disrepair and the mansion was demolished in 1954. The property eventually was sold to a developer, but not before an application for a fancy lodge/restaurant in the old mansion was denied by the Town. Then, as now, the area was zoned as residential and was a part of the Half Hollow Hills School District. In 1953 the Loshen Brothers filed subdivision maps with the Town of Huntington to develop the Woodedge section (between Deer Park Avenue and Dix Hills Road, north of Caledonia Road to Northern State) and most of what remained of the former Gould estate to the south of Caledonia Road.
A little interesting look back at an area in which we drive through every day – not realizing it had such a colorful history!
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