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Old Westbury Gardens

71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568
Old Westbury Gardens

Old Westbury Gardens.

Photo credit: By Gryffindor (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Old Westbury Gardens is the former estate of John Shaffer Phipps (1874–1958), heir to a U.S. Steel fortune, in Nassau County, New York. Work on the estate began in 1903, when John Shaffer Phipps promised his British fiancée, Margarita, he would build her a home in the United States that resembled her family estate in Battle Abbey. The property was converted into a museum home in 1959 and is open for tours April through October for a fee.

Movies filmed on the grounds include "North by Northwest," "The Age of Innocence," "The Manchurian Candidate" (2004), "Wolf," "Hitch," "Cruel Intentions," "8MM," "Bernard and Doris," "American Gangster," and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar!" It served as the inspiration for the Buchanan Estate featured in Baz Luhrmann's 2013 film adaption of "The Great Gatsby."

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