Buildings & Grounds
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.