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Saxton Hall

60 Duncan Avenue, Cornwall-on-Hudson, , 12520 , Property Website Dated Posted: July 21, 2014


Circa 1830

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Just 50 miles from New York City in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley sits this elegant c. 1830 Greek Revival house. Saxton Hall is a 17-room fully restored house.
Six huge Corinthian columns line its front porch. Inside, a grand center hallway with a uniquely patterned wood inlay floor and a mahogany pier mirror welcome you. On either side of the center hallway, classically proportioned rooms with 12-foot ceilings, marble fireplaces and plaster friezes of grapes and arbors reflect the high level of craftsmanship that went into building this house. Original pocket doors separate the library, with its built-in bookshelves, from the music room, where French doors open onto the main porch. In one pane of the original glass, a former owner carved her name for posterity. A formal dining room and parlor, separated by pocket doors with elaborately etched glass, complete the quartet of four symmetrical rooms on the first floor.
On the second floor, there are four bedrooms, two with fireplaces and each with a glass transom above the door, and two full baths. The third floor, whose ceilings slope near the outer edges of each room, offers three bedrooms and another full bath. A favorite getaway is the cupola on the roof, which provides a 360-degree view of the river and adjoining state parks.
With its proximity to New York City, the house has been home to both bankers and people in the media. James Smith, the president of Consolidated Gas, lived here when he wasn’t in his suite in Manhattan’s Majestic Hotel in the late 19th century. His nephew inherited the house where he hosted renowned architect Stanford White as a guest. Harvey Deuell, the managing editor of the New York Daily News when it was the most-read paper in America, lived at Saxton Hall. He and his wife, Peggy Deuell, the first woman to be accredited as a war correspondent in WWI, completely renovated the house in the late 1930s. In 1978, it served as a movie set for the filming of Eugene O’Neill’s post-Civil War drama, “Morning Becomes Electra.”
The current owners have added many updates, including energy efficient heat/air pumps in all main rooms. A post-and-beam two-story barn was constructed in 2005 and perennial and vegetable gardens are spread over the 1.9 acre lot. Situated in the charming village of Cornwall-on-Hudson, named as one of the “Best Places to Live in the Hudson Valley in 2013” by Hudson Valley Magazine.
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