“SPLIT ROCK MANOR HOUSE”
The Alfred Lee Loomis Mansion
Designed by famed Philadelphia architect, Wilson Eyre, in 1901 and formerly the family home of Alfred Lee Loomis, Wall Street financier and WWII scientist, this stately brown stucco mansion nestled on the side of a hill, with over three acres of lush garden area and rolling lawn, remains an elegant tribute to the renowned architect and to the refined Tuxedo Park lifestyle of Loomis’ 1920’s.
Built in 1903 for Harleston Deacon, this gracious gabled mansion, pictured in the 2002 book about the life of Alfred Lee Loomis by Jennet Conant titled Tuxedo Park boasts “living room and gallery with Jacobean ceilings and an elaborate carved mantelpiece where he [Loomis] entertained lavishly” .
Upon entering the house, the visitor is welcomed through a dutch door to the substantial entrance hall with over-sized fireplace, which in winter provides a warm and inviting space for champagne and conversation. One can easily imagine Loomis and his guests on a cold snowy evening, standing next to the roaring fire while admiring the spectacular decorative wood carvings of devils and angels which flank each side of the fireplace, together with a cornucopia of various blossoms, fruits, and foliage reminiscent of the centuries’ ago work of renowned English artist Grinling Gibbons adorning the mantel.
The sweeping staircase opposite the fireplace continue the carved elegance up to the landing on the second floor elegantly framed with carved wooden columns overlooked by a romantic two-storied window.
Only 3 significant families have owned and lived in this house: Harleston Deacon, Alfred Lee Loomis, Rudolph Stewart.
Main floor: Entrance Hall w/fireplace, sitting room, dining room w/fireplace entered through pocket doors, cove ceilinged living room entered through pocket doors, garden room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, breakfast room, laundry, back-stairs, mud porch accessing the fenced dog yard, entrance to basement, powder room; central air throughout this floor.
Second floor: 4 bedrooms ensuite with fireplaces (master bedroom includes sitting room), 5 full bathrooms, TV room, game room, wet bar, office/5th bedroom; air conditioning window units.
Third floor: 2 full baths, TV room, 6 bedrooms, 3 cedar closets and access to full attic.
Full basement: walk-out with ½ bath, wine cellar, and several other distinct rooms.