‘Great Gatsby’ Mansion Demolished

‘Great Gatsby’ Mansion Demolished

Bibliophiles and movie buffs alike may be saddened to hear that the mansion that is rumored to have inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” was demolished back in April.  Looks like no one will be moving into it, after all.

The house stood in Sands Point, New York and bore an uncanny resemblance to the mansion in the book.  The Land’s End Mansion in the novel was a character in itself.  So, what will happen to the property now that the famous house is now razed?  Five more homes may be taking its place.

Developers are planning on building at least five new homes on the sprawling property.  Each one is estimated to sell at about $10 million.  That kind of money will buy a pretty nice vacation pad – ready to move in?

The original mansion, which no longer stands, was built back in 1902.  It was the home of Herbert Bayard Swope, a journalist who won one of the first Pulitzer Prizes.  He was also the editor of “New York World.”  The Fitzgeralds (F. Scott and his wife, Zelda) were frequent guests at the house, as were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Groucho Marx, and Dorothy Parker.

Unfortunately, if you never saw the house in person, you now won’t get the chance.  However, there are plenty of resources online, so if you want to catch a glimpse of the mansion you’ll never be able to move into, just do a quick online search.

Jon Huser