NYIT de Seversky Mansion & Gardens, originally built

for industrialist, financier and philanthropist Alfred I. Du Pont. He commissioned architect Thomas Hastings of Carrere & Hastings in 1916 to design “White Eagle”, a residence in what became known from the turn of the century through the 1930s as Long Island’s Gold Coast. Located on the North Shore, it was a mecca for New York’s wealthiest and most prominent.  Completed in 1918 at a cost of $1.1 million, it needed a staff of 29 to maintain. In 1921, with the sudden death of his second wife for whom the house was built, the estate was sold in auction for $470,000 to Henry Phipps, the Carnegie Steel Company partner, for his daughter Mrs. (Amy Phipps) Frederick Guest, who renamed it “Templeton”.  The property remained in the Guest family until 1972 when it was acquired by NYIT and renamed in honor of Russian aviator Alexander de Seversky, an NYIT Board of Trustees member instrumental in the acquisition.