Winfield: Living in the Shadow of the Woolworths

Winfield Living in the Shadow of the Woolworths Monica Randall grew up on the Gold Coast of Long Island and was fascinated by the massive estates and their tantalizing stories Millionaire F W Woolworth built Winfield the grandest of its manors in

  • Title: Winfield: Living in the Shadow of the Woolworths
  • Author: Monica Randall
  • ISBN: 9780312309824
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Monica Randall grew up on the Gold Coast of Long Island and was fascinated by the massive estates and their tantalizing stories Millionaire F W Woolworth built Winfield, the grandest of its manors in the 1910s On a clear day, you can see the New York City skyline from its balustraded roof, yet for nearly a century few have been allowed to enter its gates In the 1960sMonica Randall grew up on the Gold Coast of Long Island and was fascinated by the massive estates and their tantalizing stories Millionaire F W Woolworth built Winfield, the grandest of its manors in the 1910s On a clear day, you can see the New York City skyline from its balustraded roof, yet for nearly a century few have been allowed to enter its gates In the 1960s Monica was living in one of the fabled mansions built by a Five and Dime heiress While there, she began a career scouting locations for movie she used many of the surrounding estates including Winfield After a brief incarnation as a charm school, Winfield was closed and auctioned off At the auction, Monica met a mysterious European businessman, who bought the house After a whirlwind romance, they became engaged, and Monica moved in to Winfield, only to have her suspicions confirmed Winfield is haunted Amid magnificent gilded carvings and marble, a labyrinth of secret passageways, hidden chambers, and deserted tunnels help reveal the true nature of its eccentric builder Through exhaustive research and countless interviews, Monica gradually uncovered stories of the Woolworths sad past the suicide of Edna Woolworth Barbara Hutton s mother , Woolworth s obsession with Napoleon and the Egyptian occult, and the rumors surrounding the unsolved fire which burnt the first Winfield to the ground This riveting memoir explores the culture and history of an era gone by, filled with enthralling stories of infamous scandals and breathtaking Gilded Age tales of New York society Captivating and impossible to put down, this book will enchant readers everywhere Throughout the last fifty years the Gold Coast mansions were regularly razed for subdevelopments Winfield is the last of the marble palaces still standing.

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    1. Okay, I admit it: I have a serious thing for real estate porn, so I ate up the the first half of this book with a spoon. I envied the author her childhood in that area of Long Island, being able to visit and explore so many magnificent estates while they still stood. The Poodle Bandit story was hilarious, but her reports of the mansions that fell under developers' bulldozers with all their out-of-fashion furnishings and art still inside were kind of heart-breaking.The second half, however, was l [...]

    2. An amazing read that was so creepy I couldn't believe it was a true story. Great for history buffs who like spooky stories about rich millionaires

    3. This is a book I read and reviewed for my local newspaper almost five years ago now and one that has remained with me after all these years. I have it packed away somewhere, and I keep meaning to pull it out and re-read it. I have never been a mystery reader, but this tale takes a more historical twist, and really engages the reader. This book combines history, architecture, culture, urban sprawl, consumer studies, social studies complete with the mysteries activities of the eccentric and fabulo [...]

    4. I was drawn into this haunting story of the Woolworth mansion. And I found Monica Randall's, (the author's), life very interesting. Her life was interwoven with Winfield. She had dreamed about it long before living there.Winfield seems to be one of those haunted mansions you really don't want to stay in. The book is very easy to read and is interesting. I had not heard of Long Island's Gold Coast with it's many mansions. I got a better picture of the story, "The Great Gatsby", and the huge mansi [...]

    5. Absolutely loved this book. Went into it expecting it to be a dry history of a Gold Coast mansion and ended up with a brilliantly told eye witness story of life living in a haunted mansion. Monica Randall is an exceptional writer, weaving a detailed, colorful account of her experiences. It makes you feel as though you are right their with her!

    6. I thought this would be an architectural history of the house built by F W Woolworth on the north shore of Long Island. The book turned out to be an account of the author's relationship with the house mostly as a neighbor but for a few years in the 1970s as the resident. Interesting but not the typical architecture book.

    7. An excellent book on the mansions of the Gold Coast of Long Island. So many large houses, some standing and some have been taking down due to development. Well researched and written by Monica Randall.

    8. This book was a fascinating read about the mansions of the Gold Coast of Long Island. The protagonist is a girl living in one of the mansions built by the Woolworths. The story also has elements of the supernatural.I would recommend it to anyone who wants an interesting and thought provoking read.

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