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The former summer home of F.W. Woolworth. It was completed in 1917 with the marble foyer and staircase alone costing more than two million dollars.
1/28/2015 - News today showed there was a serious fire at the mansion.
Newsday headliner - "Part of a wing in Glen Cove's historic Woolworth mansion was burned and millions of dollars in "priceless" woodwork and decor forever gone when flames erupted Wednesday in a first-floor bedroom."
From pictures I have seen it looks like it started in the former Billiard Room, which is 3rd, 4th & 5th windows to the right of the front portico.
The million dollar staircase is in the middle of the mansion behind the portico and hopefully was spared damage as it was buffered from the billiard room by the dining room. The Grand Ballroom and Mr. Woolworth's bedroom are on the left of the portico (west end) and away from the fire.
Note 1: I had express permission from the owners of Winfield Hall to take these pictures. It is private property and is not open to the public.
Note 2: Many people have asked me about the Winfield Hall's current status. The following is a copy of an a article in NEWSDAY's Reality Section dated 4/30/10 by Valerie Kellogg and Cathy Mahon:
If you saw the historic Woolworth mansion in Glen Cove come back on the market and then quickly disappear, there's good reason: HBO has secured the 1917 estate as a location for the upcoming "Mildred Pierce" miniseries starring Kate Winslet, and for now the estate is off the market.
City officials confirmed that filming on the remake of the 1945 movie will take place for several days starting May 7.
Winfield Hall, as the house also is known, was built for businessman F. W. Woolworth. It is owned by Martin Carey, brother of former Gov. Hugh Carey. He has put the home on and off the market throughout the years.
It was most recently listed with Glen Key Realty for $19.5 million. The nine-bedroom, 10-bath, one half-bath house is on 16.5 acres with a carriage house and a 16,000-square-foot office building. The manse features a clock tower, a marble spiral staircase and marble fireplaces.
The HBO production also will star Evan Rachel Wood and Guy Pearce.
Note 3: 4/11/11 - Part 5 of Mildred Pierce premiered on HBO last night. It contains extensive scenes shot at Winfield Hall. It is a must see for those of you interested in this magnificent structure. There is only a brief night-time glimpse of the building in one of the other parts. It is interesting to see how they added palm trees, etc. as the house is supposed to be in California, the setting for the story.