Historic Woolworth Estate’s Winfield Hall Listed For Sale in Glen Cove

R.S. Reynold’s ‘Winfield Hall’ estate in Glen Cove.

Winfield Hall, a historic Italian Renaissance-style mansion built by discount retail chain pioneer Frank Winfield Woolworth, is listed for sale at 77 Crescent Beach Rd. in Glen Cove.

Built in 1916 on a 16-acre estate, this 48,000-square-foot, 56-room marble-covered house designed by architect Charles Pierrepont Henry Gilbert, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. Once considered one of the largest private homes in the nation, it cost $10 million to build — $2 million of which was spent on an ornate pink-and-beige marble grand staircase.

The property changed hands several times before the most recent owner Martin Carey, the late brother of former New York State Gov. Hugh Carey, bought it in 1976 and later leased it to the Pall Corporation, a global filtration supplier that used it as the company’s headquarters. The HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce starring Kate Winslet was filmed there in 2010. It was damaged by fire five years ago.

The property was listed in 2008 for $19.5 million, not including the $257,436 in annual property taxes, before being taken off the market, but since Carey died in June, his family is now accepting bids on the property through mid-October, according to Long Island Business News, which first reported the sale.

The mansion is also long rumored to be haunted with sounds of mysterious organ music playing on its own, a woman’s cries, and apparitions of a woman floating through the halls or wandering the grounds.

The real estate agent listed for the property is Brian Lee of Newmark Knight Frank, who can be reached at 631-673-0888.

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