This is Coindre Hall, originally built for pharmaceutical magnate George McKesson Brown in 1912. Originally known as West Neck Farm, it was built to resemble a medieval French chateau. This 40 room mansion sits on 34 acres of land and overlooks Long Island Sound opposite Huntington Harbor. Susan and Rob often passed the boathouse, which sits at the bottom of the hill. They always wondered if the mansion still existed.
When Brown lost ownership due to the stock market crash of 1929, the property was sold to the Brothers of the Sacred Heart who established a boarding school and summer retreat in 1939. It was named in memory of Father Andre Coindre, their founder.
|The boathouse and Huntington Harbor|
After the school's closing in 1971, it reopened as the Eagle Hill School, a private independent school.
It has been part of the Suffolk County Department of Parks since 1973 and its 34 acres is currently used as a dog run and hotel.
As of September, 1985, Coindre Hall has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Weddings and private events are also held here. Mirabelle Private Events was kind enough to let us come in to shoot some of the renovated rooms of the mansion, which I will share with you.
Here are some links
Lessings. Another group that does weddings at Coindre Hall.
An article from a student who attended the school in the 60's:
Bring Fido. Dog run at Coindre Hall
Brief history of Coindre Hall/West Neck Farm - Suffolk County site
Mirabelle Private Events: