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M a r i s t M a g a z i n e
Greystone
St. Peter’s (above) and the Kieran Gatehouse
T
he 42,000-square-foot Payne Mansion,
built in 1905, is a palazzo in the Beaux
Arts style, designed by the premier architectur-
al frm of the time, Carrère and Hastings. The
frm’s renowned projects include the New York
Public Library and Frick Museum, both in New
York City. A defnitive book about the archi-
tecture of John Merven Carrère and Thomas
Hastings by Kate Lemos, William Morrison,
Charles D. Warren, and Mark Alan Hewitt
describes the home as exceptional, built on one
of the most picturesque pieces of property in
the Hudson Valley. The authors say Col. Oliver
Hazard Payne spared little expense in building
a grand concrete and stone house overlooking
the river, with formal entrances on two sides
and a walled garden to the south. “The state-
ly proportions and massing recall the strong
forms of the New York Public Library, which
was taking shape in the offce during these
years. Yet it is hard to avoid the comparison
with canonical Italian masterpieces such as
the Villa Garzoni, Palazzo del Te, and Palazzo
Iseppo da Porto.”
The Payne Mansion’s distinctive boat-
house was designed by Julian Burroughs, the
Harvard-educated son of the naturalist John
Burroughs, who lived in nearby West Park.
Julian Burroughs became the superintendent
of the Esopus estate in 1912. He created the
boathouse based on specifcations from the
captain of Payne’s yacht, the
Aphrodite
.
Distinguished Architecture
The Payne Mansion joins several other histor-
ically important buildings at Marist. The
College’s oldest structures, built around 1865,
are Greystone, St. Peter’s, and the Kieran
Gatehouse. They are listed in the National
Register of Historic Places because of their
signifcance as highly intact examples of the
Gothic Revival style, the prominence of their
architect, and their importance to the histo-
ry of the College. All were designed by Detlef
Lienau, a co-founder of the American Institute
of Architects, who created them as a carriage
house, gardener’s cottage, and gatehouse for
landowner Edward Bech.
The Payne Mansion Joins Marist’s Historic Properties
The Payne Mansion