Vanderbilt Home in Hyde Park NY / by Dave Hileman

This is a re-visit for us but the first time I have photographed any portion of the estate. It is on the Hudson River and is designed to impress. It was built by the famous firm in NYC that included Stamford White and he picked the interior decor from all around the world. They pieces were there to say, “I have lots of money” and in contrast to George Eastman’s home in Rochester, nothing in the house - photos, portraits or furniture, were personal. Everything was just to express great wealth and privilege. The house feels uncomfortable and cold. (It was also damp during our visit but so was everything else in the region.) Even the view of the house (in photo) as you negotiated the curving driveway took you to a place where the lawn seemed endless before wrapping around to the back portico.