Buildings & Grounds

The ancestral home of John Jay and his family is located on the historic Boston Post Road. It boasts ancient landmarks like a British broad arrow cut into stone as well as one of the last remaining mile markers of the Westchester Turnpike. Visitors who travel to the estate today can experience its 10,000 year old scenic vista of Long Island Sound framed by sunken stone ha-ha walls.

From the same spot where Jay stood to toast the end of the Revolutionary War, one can gaze out on the water and imagine the limitless possibilities that a young Founding Father envisioned for his nation.

1838 Jay Mansion

The centerpiece of this National Historic Landmark is an 1838 Greek Revival mansion with soaring Corinthian/Egyptian composite columns built by Peter Augustus Jay atop the footprint of his father and grandfather’s original home “The Locusts.” Like other Westchester homes barraged by the British, the Jays’ farmhouse had been damaged during the Revolutionary War but Peter Augustus still salvaged original timbers, nails and shutters from the first structure to reuse in the second house that still stands today. In fact the rear veranda of the 1838 house has the exact same dimensions as the circa 1745 house and retains that first colonial home’s simpler and more modest style. Visitors can literally see centuries of history being uncovered here.

But how do we restore an historic treasure and stay mindful of modern considerations related to sustainable practices? Despite the fact that there is no LEED category that fits historic sites, we decided to track what we could do and what we chose not to do so as to be true to the historic fabric of the buildings and grounds. It created a fascinating discussion.

 

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