The Howard Mansion in Autumn

Howard Mansion

The Howard Mansion was constructed in 1986 for Mrs. Howard, a favorite niece of Frederick Vanderbilt, on the east side of the Old Post Road opposite the Vanderbilt Mansion.

The structure served as a 'farmhouse' for the property, sitting high above a stone cliff overlooking cornfields.

For information on other Hudson River Valley historic homes, please vist these other sites: The Vanderbilt Mansion, Springwood (FDR Home), Staatsburgh (Mills Mansion), Frederic Church's Olana, Montgomery Place, Wilderstein, and Locust Grove.

For more information on the Hudson Valley and/or historic preservation, please visit the Hudson River Heritage, Scenic Hudson, Hudson River Valley, Historic Hudson Valley, and National Trust websites.


The Howard Mansion was built in 1896 by McKim, Mead & White, the famed New York City architects. Charles McKim was the lead architect. The house was constructed of local fieldstone on a site selected by Mr. Thomas Howard, the husband of Frederick Vanderbilt's niece, Rose Post The structure was constructed between Jan.-Sept. of 1896 by the same crew that built the Vanderbilt Mansion several months later, as well as its 'sister' house, The Wales House.
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We are fortunate to have copies of the original architectural plans from McKim, Mead and White, which we've posted to the site in two formats, .jpg and .pdf.
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The restoration of the house began in the late 1950's by the Vaughn family. It had further repairs and renovations by two subsequent owners in the 1970's and 1980's; but received a full restoration only after 2000. We've posted a series of "after" photos of the restoration work.
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