Monday, May 2, 2011

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

According to Batangas Today:

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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