Coindre Hall has the unique ability to transport guests back to medieval times and the Roaring 20s all in one visit. Tucked away in Huntington and part of Long Island’s opulent Gold Coast, architect Clarence Luce designed the 30,000-square-foot medieval French château for pharmaceutical magnate George McKesson Brown. Now a Lessing’s-operated venue used for events, including Pulse’s annual Island Tasting Thursday, Nov. 17 and lavish weddings, the Hall continues to capture the imagination of guests and serve as a point of pride for Islanders.
When guests walk into Main House, a 40-room chateau, a majestic foyer with a stately circular stairway greets them. Red curtains flank the windows in the grand ballroom and chandeliers hang from the ceiling, giving it an air of vintage elegance. Sneak away to the boathouse, which sits on the 34-acre grounds, for a breathtaking view of the Long Island Sound.
It was a School
The stock market crash of 1929 hit Brown hard, causing him to sell portions of the estate to The Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The Brothers started a boarding school, named in honor of the group’s founder Father André Coindre, in 1939. The school went bankrupt and closed in 1971 but reopened in the 1980s as Eagle Hill School, a private school for students with disabilities. Today, a gym used for fitness classes serves a reminder of the mansion’s previous use.
It’s a Landmark
When Gatsby lovers call Coindre Hall a piece of history, they aren’t using hyperbole. It was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
It’s Been Restored
The Alliance for the Preservation of Coindre Hall formed in 1991 to restore the property, which needed maintenance including ceiling repair after being overlooked for decades.
Though not allowed inside the mansion, dogs are permitted on the gorgeous grounds of Coindre Hall. Let your pup work off some energy playing in the rolling hills as you look out at the Sound.