Falaise is one of the few intact historic houses remaining on Long Island’s Gold Coast. The Gold Coast period was a time of opulence, when prominent families built great mansions and large estates on Long Island. Falaise was built for Harry F. Guggenheim and his wife Caroline Morton in 1923. The architecture is French eclectic. The design is based on a 13th century Norman manor house.
Docent-lead tours are offered from June through October, Thursdays through Sundays, four times daily: 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM.
Distinctive features of the house include an enclosed cobblestone courtyard, thickly mortared brick walls, steeply pitched roofs of heavy tile, and a round tower. The medieval atmosphere is continued inside the house by the arches, thick wood beams, textured plastered walls, and carved stone mantels.
Falaise is furnished with antiques, many from the 16th and 17th century. There are wood carvings, sculptures, Renaissance paintings and several important pieces of modern art.
Harry Guggenheim had a strong commitment to public service. He was Ambassador to Cuba during the Hoover administration. A Navy pilot, he served in both world wars. He had a lifelong interest in aviation. Charles Lindbergh was a close friend and frequent visitor to Falaise. Harry was also instrumental in getting funding for the research of rocket pioneer Robert Goddard. In 1939, Harry Guggenheim and Alicia Patterson were married. Shortly afterward, they founded Newsday, Long Island’s daily newspaper.
Harry Guggenheim was an avid horseracing fan. He raised and raced thoroughbred horses, and he helped establish the New York Racing Association. His trophies, awards, and racing memorabilia are on display at Falaise.
Access by guided tour only.
Guided tours are scheduled throughout the summer on Thursdays through Sundays weekly through the end of October.
Tours start at 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM from Castle Gould
Ticket Price: $10 per person – tickets can be purchased at the Gate House entrance to the Preserve.
No indoor photography allowed.