a large stone building with a clock tower on a green field with The Cloisters in the background: An image of the Cloisters located in Upper Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park.


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An image of the Cloisters located in Upper Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park.

UPPER MANHATTAN, NY — The glittering castles and gargantuan estates are all gone from Inwood and Washington Heights, but the New York Adventure Club wants to virtually bring you back in time to see the magnificent homes.

The online event is to take place on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., and you can get tickets for $10 here.

“Once upon a time in old New York, glittering castles adorned the high ground of northern Manhattan’s rolling hills, occupied by powerful global figures including merchant princes, captain of industry, and real estate titans,” reads a description for the event. “Though by the end of the 20th century, most of these glided palaces had been knocked down and paved over — their legacy all but forgotten.”

The New York Adventure Club, along with host Cole Thompson, an uptown historian, author, and curator of the popular uptown history blog MyInwood.net, will lead a virtual journey back through some of Upper Manhattan’s most famous old estates.

The Inwood and Washington Heights properties will include the following:

Seaman-Drake mansion

  • The Seaman-Drake mansion was located at 5605 Broadway at West 216th Street, and was built by the Seaman Family. Its entry archway can still be found today at the same location.

Tryon Hall

  • The home of famed industrialist C.K.G Billings, the mansion was located on what is now the site of Fort Tryon Park. The estate was completed in 1907 with a bowling alley, heated indoor swimming pool, and a squash court.

Washington Heights Castle

  • Also known as the Paterno Castle, the real estate tycoon completed a four-story castle construction in 1905. The grandiose property was located at what is now the Castle Village Apartments near W. 185th Street and Cabrini. Paterno eventually found himself spending more time in Connecticut and ordered the Washington Heights castle’s demolition in 1938.

The virtual event will also include a peek inside the home of William H. Hurst, the only surviving neighborhood property of the Gilded Era.

There will be a Q & A with Cole after the virtual tours and conversations.

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