Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Glen Cove Mansion to host Centennial Celebration, July 17

Glen Cove Mansion to host Centennial Celebration

Open House & Garden Party this Saturday, July 17th

Public Invited to Attend

Glen Cove, Long Island, NY ... On Saturday, July 17th, Glen Cove Mansion will host a public Open House and Garden Party from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Included at the event will be guided Mansion and Garden tours, fashions from America’s Gilded Age and England’s Edwardian Era, soccer and volleyball on the expansive Mansion lawns, games from the period including croquet and horseshoes, complimentary snacks, refreshments & beverages, and other assorted games and amusements including an old-fashioned tug-of-war finale! The Open House is in celebration of Glen Cove Mansion’s Centennial. The Public and the Media are invited to attend and admission is complimentary.

Glen Cove Mansion opened its doors to the John Teele and Ruth Baker Pratt family and their glittering society friends and business associates a century ago. The Georgian-inspired country home was one of five Pratt estates in Glen Cove. Mr. Pratt and his four brothers each had country homes constructed next to each other on land purchased by their father and the family’s patriarch, Charles Pratt. Charles Pratt was a pioneer of the U.S. petroleum industry, forming Charles Pratt and Company in 1867, which became part of John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil in 1874. One of his most enduring contributions was Mr. Pratt’s founding and endowing the renowned Pratt Institute.

Although John Teele Pratt, who was an attorney and executive for Standard Oil, passed away in 1927, Ruth Baker Pratt continued to live in the Mansion until her passing in 1965. Mrs. Pratt made New York history following her husband’s death by being elected New York’s first Republican Congresswoman to the US Congress. She represented New York City's "Silk Stocking" district (Manhattan’s Upper East Side).

The Pratt Manor House ~ Now Glen Cove Mansion

Originally known as “The Manor,” the circa 1910, 55-acre estate of John Teele and Ruth Baker Pratt, which remains intact, was considered by England’s respected Country Life Magazine (still in print today) as one of the "best twelve country houses in America." The Mansion was designed by the noted architect, landscape designer and artist Charles Adams Platt (1861-1933) who also designed the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art (1918) in Washington, D.C. The Pratt’s Georgian mansion was set in pastoral surroundings, and was an integral part of the many glamorous estates, which once comprised Long Island's legendary North Shore Gold Coast during America’s Gilded Age.

Guests to the Mansion, now an award-winning Hotel and Conference Center, enjoy the same arrival experience of the Pratt family. Upon traversing the quarter mile drive to the Mansion from the front gates, guests enter the Mansion through a stately two-story stone columned portico entrance where visitors are welcomed by a uniformed greeter. Once inside the reception hall, visitors enjoy an elegant, baronial double staircase, imported paneling, antique crystal lighting fixtures, carved marble fireplace mantles, and original murals on the lunettes of the barrel arched cross hall -- which imparts a feeling of being enveloped in a wonderful bygone era. The Gilded Age elegance of the Pratt Family remains at Glen Cove Mansion, which has proven to be magnificent setting for countless weddings and social affairs as well. Jay Gatsby would feel at home!

For more information on Glen Cove Mansion’s Centennial Celebration Public Open House and Garden Party, or for reservations, please call 516-671-6400 or visit www.glencovemansion.com.

About Glen Cove Mansion

The award-winning Glen Cove Mansion Hotel is situated on 55 secluded and landscaped acres on Long Island's historic Gold Coast, 30 minutes from New York City by car and rail (Long Island Railroad, Oyster Bay line, Glen Cove Station), and close to JFK International and LaGuardia Airports. The spacious Georgian-style mansion features stunning vistas of Long Island Sound and was once part of a prestigious collection of gracious country estates, later becoming one of the nation's first dedicated conference center hotels. Today the elegant property features 187 richly appointed guestrooms, including four suites, the Garden Room Restaurant with magnificent views of the terraces, a large and comfortable Pub 1910, private dining rooms ideal for social and corporate occasions, as well as vast outdoor reception areas overlooking the mansion's Gilded Age gardens. The property offers 29,000 square feet of event and meeting space, with 27 dedicated conference rooms accommodating from 10 to 280 guests, advanced meeting technology, an executive business center and conference concierge services. Wireless Internet access is available throughout. Also provided are complete fitness and recreational facilities, including a sauna, steam and massage rooms, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, garden swimming pool, racquetball courts, lighted tennis courts, jogging trail and a sports field. Golf is available nearby. Ideal for executive retreats, corporate meetings and social gathering, the Glen Cove Mansion is masterfully designed to integrate gracious accommodations, superb cuisine and attentive service with contemporary comforts and the latest technology. For more information on the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel, visit www.glencovemansion.com.

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