Wyndcliffe, the abandoned mansion
Wyndcliffe, the abandoned mansion

Wyndcliffe, the abandoned mansion

Wyndcliffe, the abandoned mansion

Ruin of a historic mansion

Rhinebeck (New York), United States

Wyndcliffe is the ruin of a historic mansion near Rhinebeck in Dutchess County, New York. The records at the Library of Congress state that the brick mansion was originally named Rhinecliff and Constructed in 1853 in the Norman style. The design is attributed to local architect George Veitch. The master mason, John Byrd, executed the highly varied ornamental brickwork using only rectangular and few molded bricks. The mansion was used a weekend and summer residence by its first owner, Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones of New York City. The adjacent hamlet to the north of Wyndcliffe was originally platted as "Kipsbergen" (1686); the hamlet was later renamed as "Rhinecliff" after the Jones-Schemerhorn estate of the same name. Writer Edith Wharton was a frequent childhood visitor. The phrase "keeping up with the Joneses" is thought to originate from the Wyndcliffe estate.

Wyndcliffe was later known as Linden Hall or Finck Castle, for subsequent owners. The mansion was abandoned sometime around 1950. Originally situated on 80 acres including waterfront access to the Hudson River, the property was eventually reduced to 2.5 acres. Portions of the mansion have collapsed after many years of abandonment. In 2003 the mansion was purchased. The owner hopes to restore the mansion. As of 2012, the structure has continued to deteriorate.

Source: Wikipedia

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