2015-01-22 / Front Page

Beechwood Takes Shape



Beechwood mansion got one step closer to becoming the Beechwood Museum this week when the Historic District Commission unanimously approved final plans to turn the original gatehouse into a welcome center for art museum visitors. The mansion and two adjoining properties formed the estate that was the summer home of “The Mrs. Astor,” queen of American society, in the late 1800s. The three parcels were purchased in separate transactions by companies owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who plans to restore the "cottage" to its former glory to display part of his collection. The project, begun in 2010, is clearly the most ambitious in the city’s history, running from below ground to the rooftop. This view from the Cliff Walk hints at the extent of the restoration. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Beechwood mansion got one step closer to becoming the Beechwood Museum this week when the Historic District Commission unanimously approved final plans to turn the original gatehouse into a welcome center for art museum visitors. The mansion and two adjoining properties formed the estate that was the summer home of “The Mrs. Astor,” queen of American society, in the late 1800s. The three parcels were purchased in separate transactions by companies owned by Oracle founder Larry Ellison, who plans to restore the "cottage" to its former glory to display part of his collection. The project, begun in 2010, is clearly the most ambitious in the city’s history, running from below ground to the rooftop. This view from the Cliff Walk hints at the extent of the restoration. (Photo by Jack Kelly)

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