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This exquisite estate mansion has quite a history and is rather famous in its own right.

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Food Talk (Newsday, 2003)

History of the de Seversky Conference Center

Transcribed here in its entirety:  an undated four-page booklet distributed several years ago by the de Seversky Conference Center, itself.

This pamphlet is presented graphically as a GIF file further down on this page.


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History of the de Seversky Conference Center

The de Seversky Conference Center is situated on 100 acres of pristine land in Old Westbury, NY. The de Seversky Conference Center emerged from a long famed history and can be heralded for its Neo-Classic Georgian Architecture. Presently the Center is an integral part of Education at the New York Institute of Technology.

In 1915, Alfred I. DuPont, grandson of Eleuthe Irenee DuPont, founder of the monolithic DuPont Powder and Chemical Corporation, moved to New York. Alfred I. DuPont organized the Nemours Trading Corporation in 1918. Two years later, DuPont had Architect Thomas hastings, of the firm of Carrere & Hastings, design his new Long Island residence, "White Eagle", which he shared with his wife Alicia Bradford Maddox. In 1920, Alicia Bradford Maddox died. Upon remarrying, DuPont sold White Eagle to Mrs. Frederick E. Guest in 1926.

Mrs. Guest, the former Amy Phipps, was the daughter of Henry Phipps, who was Andrew Carnegie's partner in the Carnegie Steel Company. Mrs. Guest's husband, Frederick E. Guest, was the grandson of the Seventh Duke of Marlborough and a first cousin of Winston Churchill. After her husband's death in 1937, Mrs. Guest maintained the estate, which she renamed "Templeton".

Upon Mrs. Guest's death in 1959, the estate was handed down to her son, Winston Guest, an internationally known polo player. In 1972, Winston Guest sold Templeton to the New York Institute of Technology. Templeton was renamed the "de Seversky Conference Center" after Alexander P. de Seversky, a famous Russian aviator. Alexander P. de Seversky was a member of The Board of Directors for the New York Institute of Technology.

When entering the gates of the de Seversky Conference Center, just to the right of the driveway lies a tranquil lake in which wild Canadian geese reside. Approaching the mansion, a sweeping drive reveals a spectacular view of the curved and columned loggia off the ballroom. Along the west, north, and east sides, the mansion is lined with luxurious verandas and distinguished marble urns.

The main entrance of the de Seversky Conference Center is supported by towering limestone pillars. The oval drive is centered around a magnificent urn, framed at the perimeter by Linden trees. Above the main entrance, embedded into the brick wall, is an urn of beautiful grandeur.

Once inside the hallway, you sight the elaborate marble stairway. This leads to the mansion's 13 guest rooms and parlors designed in the classic European country style, originally decorated by Charles of London. Off the main hallway are oak paneled rooms with refined marble fireplaces. One may recognize the Entrance Hall, Reception Room and the exterior portion of the Ballroom from the movie "Arthur", starring Dudly Moore, which was filmed on this estate.

At the north end of the foyer is the Library, filled with volumes, some of which date back to the 19th century. On the left wall, bookshelves conceal a hidden door that opens into a Mirrored Hallway revealing the West Wing. Located here are the Terrace Room, Lounge and Dining Room.

The Main Dining room, which was formerly the Guest's original kitchen, is complemented by an attached atrium called the "Garden Room".

In July of 1918, the final bill was presented totalling $1,102,000. A staff of 29 was needed to maintain the estate.

When N.Y.I.T. purchased the estate in 1972, an exceptional combination of culinary arts and education transpired.

The de Seversky Conference Center is available for Conferences, Private Affairs and Weddings.

The de Seversky Conference Center is open to the public all year round for buffet lunch an dinner:

Lunch:  Tuesday - Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Dinner:  Wednesday evenings 6L00 to 8:30 pm

Reservations for both are necessary and suggested one week in advance to avoid disappointment

The food is eloquently prepared by the Students of the New York Institute of Technology Culinary Arts Center under the direct supervision of Chef Instructors.

NYIT
de Seversky Conference Center
P.O. Box 370
Old Westbury, New York 11568
Reservations and information:
(516) 626-1600


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That Undated Pamphlet (transcribed above)

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