This really combines so many of my ‘Not So Secret Obsessions’ into one article: F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Great Gatsby,” crumbling and faded opulence and site-specific architectural history. I do with the overall feeling was more of a happy one, but it rarely is when they are tearing down something beautiful to create anything new.
But now Lands End, the grand colonial mansion said to be the inspiration for Daisy Buchanan’s house in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, is set to be torn down – because no one will buy it.
David Brodsky, who bought the estate with his father Bert in 2004, has had the dilapidated mansion on and off the market for several years, but has never found a buyer for it.
Now he plans to demolish the house, valued at $30million, to make way for Sands Point Village, a community of five custom-made homes which will cost $10million each.
The project’s construction manager, Clifford Fetner, told Newsday: ‘The cost to renovate these things is just so overwhelming that people aren’t interested in it. The value of the property is the land.’
The faded mansion will become one of hundreds lost along the Gold Coast in the last 50 years.
The stretch of Long Island earned its name from the opulent properties built by New York’s wealthiest families during the early 20th century.
Beacon Towers, the property said to have inspired Gatsby’s home in Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, was torn down in 1945.
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