Beau Pré

Syosset, Nassau County, New York

Built 1928, for Constance Woolworth McCann (1905-1981) and her husband Wyllys Rosseter Betts, Jr. (1900-1967). It is located on Grace Lane on land that once formed part of the Sunken Orchard estate that belonged to the McCann family. Not open to the public, it remains a private residence.
Constance was a grand-daughter of Frank Winfield Woolworth (1852-1919) and her husband, known as Rosseter, was a young stockbroker who later served as a director of the American Museum of Natural History at New York. The couple were married in 1926 and as a wedding present for their daughter and son-in-law the McCanns gave them a 25 acre slice of their estate, Sunken Orchard, upon which they commissioned Chester A. Patterson to build the young couple a new home.

The double 'L' mansion was built in the style of a Norman manor house and contains 22-rooms built over 12,000 square feet of living space. The Betts' originally named their home The Pebbles for the small stones that covered the formal front courtyard, but by at least 1933 they had changed it's name to Beau Pré as it remains.

It's inhabitants since the Betts are unknown as of yet. Reduced to just 7 acres today, it is still an exceptionally beautiful estate with formal gardens, a cottage, swimming pool, and tennis court. It's owners since the Betts' are still unclear, but in 2006 it was sold as a family home through Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $14.5 million.


Contributed by Mark Meredith on 19/10/2018 and last updated on 19/10/2018.


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