Mansion in New York Believe To Have Inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” Being Demolished

By on Apr 19, 2011 in United States, World Comments
Gatsby Mansion Demolished
The mansion in New York which some
say F. Scott Fitzgerald partied
is being demolished

Image Credit: Reuters/Brodsky Development/Handout

The 25-room mansion in New York which some scholars believe inspired “The Great Gatsby” is being demolished for a subdivision, several international news sites reported on Monday.

The demolition was said to have started on Saturday. As reported earlier, the mansion will be replaced by five houses each with a $10 million tag price.

It was reported that David Brodsky, who purchased the property for $17.5 million in 2004 with his father, downplayed 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.

F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s relationship to the mansion has become a local lore regardless of his true connection to it, preservationist Alexandra Wolfe said.

The house featured marble, Palladian windows, parquet floors and hand-painted wallpaper.

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