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Lyndhurst History

Credit: Clifford Picket

Lyndhurst — A Property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

  • The 145th Annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held at Lyndhurst, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • The 67-acre magnificently landscaped estate is on Route 9 in Tarrytown, New York, just 25 miles north of New York City
  • Originally built in 1838, Lyndhurst is considered by many to be the most important American home of the 19th century
  • Designed by A.J. Davis, the Frank Lloyd Wright of the 19th century in Gothic Revival style, Lyndhurst was one of the first homes to be built in the Hudson Valley as a romantic retreat
  • Noteworthy occupants include former New York City mayor William Paulding, merchant George Merritt, and railroad tycoon Jay Gould
  • The property was donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded not-for-profit, in 1961 by Jay Gould’s youngest daughter, Anna Gould, Duchess of Talleyrand-Perigord
  • Jay Gould’s youngest son, Frank Jay Gould, was an avid owner, breeder, and exhibitor of rough- and smooth-coated St. Bernards at Westminster in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Frank Jay Gould bred and owned the St. Bernard named after the estate called Lyndhurst Choice
  • Lyndhurst is no stranger to dog shows having hosted them for more than three decades from 1973 to 2009
  • Lyndhurst, located on the widest part of the Hudson River, is where the Hudson Valley begins

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