What Does this Majestic Rhinebeck Carriage House Have to Do with “The Trial of the Century”?

  |  June 14, 2019

Named for one of the founding architects of a prestigious turn-of-the-century firm, this Rhinebeck carriage house is a contemporary home wrapped in history.

The work of McKim, Mead & White is woven into the very fabric of NYC history. The original Penn Station, the Brooklyn Museum, and Columbia University’s main campus – as well as the Mills Mansion in Hudson Valley’s Dutchess County – are among the turn-of-the-century architectural firm’s designs, and the Stanford White Carriage House was one of their very first jobs.

You may not have heard of Stanford White, but the “Trial of the Century” might ring a bell. So-named by tabloid journalists in 1906, the trial revolved around Harry Kendall Thaw, husband of Evelyn Nesbit, who had an on-again-off-again relationship with White. Thaw murdered White on the roof of Madison Square Garden in front of hundreds of witnesses, and the ensuing trial became a media circus fueled by rumor, hearsay, and lurid newspaper headlines like “Woman Whose Beauty Spelled Death and Ruin.”

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Tawdry murder details notwithstanding, this renovated carriage house is quite civilized, possessing of antique details like paneling, pillars, coffered ceilings, and French doors. All of the 6,000-square-foot interior’s heating, lighting, windows and infrastructure have been replaced, as well as the plumbing. In case of power outages, the home can be powered through a generator.

Includes a chef’s kitchen, formal dining room, multiple fireplaces, six bedrooms, and six full baths plus an extra half-bath.

Located on 5.96 acres less than 2.5 miles from Rhinebeck village in northern Dutchess County. Also close to the Rhinecliff Amtrak station, the CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck, two golf courses, and the Omega Institute of Holistic Studies.

500 Route 308, Rhinebeck is listed for $3,250,000.

Need the full scoop on this Rhinebeck carriage house? Find out about 500 Route 308, Rhinbeck from Heather Croner Real Estate/Sotheby’s.

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