Hempstead House, Sands Point Preserve, N.Y.
built originally by Howard Gould,
became the home of Daniel and Florence Guggenheim in 1917.
Inside the foyer of Hempstead House, one glimpse of the imposing vaulted ceiling stirs the imagination of a grand lifestyle that once existed at this Gold Coast estate. Even though the house is no longer furnished, its architecture provides a hint of an elegant time long gone.
The Gold Coast
The north shore of Long Island, New York, in a sixteen mile stretch from Great Neck to Huntington, was a favorite retreat for the rich and the famous. Many were wealthy industrialists of the Gilded Age who pioneered great industries. These captains of industry spent fortunes on their lavish lifestyles. Many worked in and around New York City and created large estates as their dilatory domiciles on the north shore of Queens County, now Nassau County, today commonly referred to as the "Gold Coast."