rollcliffe” in 1910. Set on 11 acres, this Nor-man-style castle’s past lives include Gilded
Age social hub, investment firm (“High
Finance on the Hudson”), WWII observation post and a school before becoming a
luxury hotel in 1997.
Featuring exquisite exterior Queen Anne
decorative brickwork, 843-seat Tarrytown
Music Hall, Westchester County’s oldest
theater, hosts meetings, concerts and more.
Designed by Lyndhurst’s architect, Whitby Castle (1853) at the Rye Golf Club incorporates original stones from England’s
7th century Whitby Abbey, inspiration for
Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Set on 126 acres
by the Long Island Sound, this wedding
favorite includes a grand ballroom and two
private reception rooms.
Rye is also home to large group-capable
Playland Park, which appeared in the 1988
Tom Hanks hit Big. This Art Deco time
capsule, amusement park and National
Historic Landmark celebrated its 90th
birthday this May, and features rides for all
ages, including the 1929 Dragon Coaster.
Opened in 1926 as “a dignified playhouse with great decorative beauty,” Port
Chester’s 2,000-capacity Capitol Theatre,
later a rock and roll magnet, is a hot ticket
for events large and small.
White Plains, the county seat, mixes
sleek skyscraper hotels like The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester with restored
landmarks like the event-capable 1929
Neoclassical bank building housing ArtsWestchester.
Between 1890 and 1930, America’s wealthiest families built 1,200-plus mansions on
Long Island’s North Shore, or Gold Coast.
While more than 700 and counting have
since been demolished, enduring association with the Jazz Age and The Great Gatsby
make these landmarks the destination’s
signature architectural form.
For groups, the few survivors that oper-
ate as public facilities are prime real estate.
The Gold Coast Mansions of Long Island
form a powerhouse quartet for groups. The
four include Old Westbury Gardens (1906);
Tudor-Revival Mill Neck Manor (1923);
Eagle’s Nest, William K. Vanderbilt II’s
circa-1910 Spanish-Revival mansion-estate
with marine museum and planetarium;
and French Chateau-style Oheka Castle
Hotel & Estate (1919), the second-largest
private residence ever built in the U.S.
Hosting events like the Long Island
International Film Expo, IACC-certified
Mansion at Glen Cove, housed in a 1910
Georgian mansion, was among the nation’s
first conference center hotels.
Other event-capable heirlooms include
the 1924 Chelsea Mansion in Muttontown
Preserve, Nassau County’s largest nature
preserve. Featuring rotating exhibitions,
art and education programs and outdoor
sculptures, the Nassau County Museum
of Art is housed in a circa-1890s Georgian
Revival mansion. Attractions at 400-acre
Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic
Park include Tudor Revival Coe Hall (1921),
vintages greenhouses, Sensory Garden and
the 1915 Tea House.
PLAYLAND PARK, RYE
What is the story of ArtsWestchester?
Born of a living room conversation in 1965 among local arts advocates and volunteers,
Arts Westchester has since grown into New York state’s largest private, not-for-profit arts
Our vision includes making the arts accessible to every sector of society, prioritizing
arts in our schools, creating plentiful opportunities for artists and adorning the landscape
with public art.
Partnering with Westchester County Government, we work to provide cultural opportunities for residents and tourists alike. We are most proud that the arts generate more than
$172 million and 5,000 jobs to the Westchester economy and contribute so much to the
What role does architecture play in Westchester County’s appeal?
From signature properties such as the Lyndhurst Mansion overlooking the Hudson River
to modern restorations like the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, artful design and historic
architecture are inseparably woven into the fabric of our county’s landscape.
In 1998, Arts Westchester purchased the 1929 People’s National Bank & Trust Com-
pany in downtown White Plains. Lauded as “an accomplishment of building ingenuity,
architecture and materials,” this nine-story Neoclassical landmark, originally comprised
of 370,000 bricks and 180 tons of steel, was Westchester’s first “skyscraper.”
Lovingly and respectfully restored, our building celebrates 20 years as a great cultural
resource and event space in 2018. With artists and exhibits on every floor, including in
the former bank vault, the juxtaposition of contemporary art against the building’s original
historic details is always a treat.
How does Westchester County’s architectural diversity enrichen
From the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers and Washington Irving’s historic home in
Tarrytown to the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah and master architect
Edward Larrabee Barnes’ iconic Katonah Museum, Westchester rates high as a place to
plan a meeting, group experience or special event. Together, Westchester County Tourism
& Film and Arts Westchester make it easy to find unique and different places for turning a
meeting into a fun adventure.
Q&A with Janet Langsam // CEO // Arts Westchesterr
// White Plains, N.Y. // https://artswestchester.org
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