Gatsby Mansion To Be Demolished, Owner Downplays Its Significance In Literature

By on Mar 9, 2011 in Headlines, United States, World Comments
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The “Gatsby Mansion”
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According to several news reports on Tuesday, the Long Island mansion which was said to have inspired “The Great Gatsby” is going to be demolished to make way for a subdivision.

The 25-room mansion will be replaced by five custom homes starting at $10 million each, Newsday reported.

“The cost to renovate these things is just so overwhelming that people aren’t interested in it,” Clifford Fetner, Lands End project construction manager was quoted saying. “The value of the property is in the land.”

According to reports, the current owner, David Brodsky, who purchased the property for $17.5 million in 2004 with his father, is downplaying the house’s significance in literature. “To be honest with you there isn’t anything really special about it. We did a lot of research on its history and there is really no evidence that [Gatsby author F. Scott] Fitzgerald was even ever there,” Brodsky was quoted saying.

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