Astor Courts: Renovating a Historic Hudson Valley Escape

The New York Times 11.6.08

The Astor Courts Estate is in Rhinebeck, New York, overlooking the Hudson River. Designed by Stanford White in 1902 for John Jacob Astor IV, the massive home has been used as a family vacation home, a nursing home and convent, and back to a private home over the years. The New York Times shows us how the current owners, Kathleen Hammer and Arthur Seelbinder worked with the original architect's great-grandson to repair and renovate the historic home — including restoring the indoor pool and tennis court...

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A historical photo of the main room...
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and the way it looks today.
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The indoor pool with vaulted ceiling...
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The terrace overlooking the Hudson River...
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The indoor tennis court...
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Working with architect Sam White, the couple worked as their own contractor and spent three years on renovations. Check out the full story (with history of the house) in The New York Times: A Fixer-Upper to End Them All and the massive slideshow which includes some additional historical photos.

Images: Bruce Buck for The New York Times

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