R5 Westchester’s Residential Architecture Span Centuries and Styles

Sure, when you think about Westchester’s houses, you think of Tudors, Colonials, and raised ranches. What sets us apart from the rest of the country is that, if you look past the typical stock and really examine your surroundings, you can actually trace the entire history of the country’s architecture—starting before there even was a country—through houses that still survive here. “Residential architecture here started in the Dutch Colonial period—and they just kept building and building,” says John Milnes Baker, AIA, author of American House Styles: A Concise Guide. (Baker’s own house, Rivendell in Northern Westchester, was deemed important enough to be included in a coloring book by A.G. Smith.) “It just flourished, and you can still find wonderful examples of almost every style of architecture in the area.” Here, a sampling of periods included in American House Styles, and where you can find a house in each style still standing in the County and its environs. Note that many of our local architectural offerings pre-date the years that those styles became popular—we always were the trendsetters. 

The History of
as Seen in
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  Dutch Colonial
The Manor
House at
Philipsburg Manor
Sleepy Hollow
Manor Hall
Boscobel House
and Gardens
Garrison, NY
  –> –>
  Gothic Revival
Lyndhurst (1838)
Washington Irving’s
Sunnyside (1835)
  Exotic Eclectic
Armour-Stiner House
aka the Octagon House
  –> –>
  Renaissance Revival
Estherwood (1894)
Dobbs Ferry
Kykuit (1913)
Pocantico Hills
  Modern (1920-1960)
Roland Reisley House
Richard H.
Mandel House (1935)
Bedford Hills
All Over


Philipsburg Manor Photo by Bryan Haeffele; Estherwood Photo by Daniel Case; Armour-Stiner house image courtesy of Joseph Pell Lombardi Architect; Sunnyside photo by Karen M. Sharman; Kykuit Photo by Mick Hales; Roland Reisley House photo courtesy of Roland Reisley and Usonia, New York- Building a Community with Frank Lloyd Wright, by Roland Reisley & John Timpane – Princeton Architectural Press, 2001

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