Private Houses of Long Island’s Gold Coast

This tour is currently sold out. 

The ICAA is pleased to partner with Classical Excursions to present this tour of Long Island’s Gold Coast, which will include special events, lectures, and private access to splendid homes in this historic region. Paul J. Mateyunas, North Shore historian and author of the best-selling book, North Shore Long Island: Country Houses, 1890 – 1950, will accompany participants on this tour.  

The North Shore of Long Island, also known as the “Gold Coast,” features early 20th Century estates designed by such renowned architects as Walker & Gillette, Delano & Aldrich, Carrère & Hastings, and Richard Morris Hunt. Located just over one hour away from Manhattan, the fabled Gold Coast once hosted the country’s largest concentration of great country estates, inspired by English manor houses, Italian villas, and French chateaux.  

This tour is arranged by Classical Excursions. Please note that a registration form and deposit must be submitted to Classical Excursions and a confirmation of receipt must be received from Classical Excursions in order to be considered registered for this program. Payment of the $500 donation to the ICAA prior to registration does not guarantee placement on the trip. To inquire about registration for this program, please contact [email protected] or 413-243-4155.

Please note a fully tax-deductible donation of $500 per person is required to participate in this travel program. All travel program participants receive a complimentary Individual level membership for one year to the ICAA. 

Image: Oheka Castle, wikimedia / Lolalatorre

Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club

Participants will enjoy a visit and meal at the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club, with lecture by Bob Mackay.  

Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio

Participants will visit the Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney Studio, designed by Delano & Aldrich.  


Participants will tour Templeton, designed by legendary architecture firm Carrère and Hastings.  

Oheka Castle

Participants will enjoy a three-night stay at Ohekea Castle, a designated Historic Hotel of America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Located in Huntington, Oheka Castle was built between 1914 and 1919 and was designed by Delano & Aldrich, with formal gardens designed by the Olmstead firm. The estate was originally the country home of financier Otto Hermann Kahn. 

Here, the group will also enjoy a lecture at the opening dinner led by architectural historian and guide Paul Mateyunas. 


Participants will visit Bagatelle, the early 20th Century Georgian estate designed by architect Thomas Hastings of Carrère & Hastings. 

Old Westbury Gardens

Participants will visit Old Westbury Gardens, built in 1906 and designed by English architect George A. Crawley.

Coe Hall

During the tour, the group will also enjoy a private tour of Coe Hall, the 1920s 65-room Elizabethan Revival mansion in Oyster Bay. 

What’s included

  • Access to beautiful private homes along Long Island’s Gold Coast.  
Double Occupancy
October 15-18, 2018
Single Occupancy
October 15-18, 2018


How do I register for an ICAA travel program?

If you would like to register, you may contact the travel operator organizing the program. Please note that a $500 donation per person to the ICAA is required in order to participate in each travel program. The contact information for ICAA tour operators is included on individual travel pages. Kindly note that the ICAA works with three different consultants for program offerings. If you are unsure which travel consultant to contact for a given program, you may email [email protected] or call 212-730-9646 x109.

What does the required $500 donation fund?

Your $500 donation helps to further the ICAA’s goal of advancing the practice and appreciation of the classical tradition in architecture and the allied arts by supporting its varied educational programs, including continuing education courses, college workshops, the Summer Studio in Classical Architecture, New Heights, and many more.

Am I required to pay a $500 donation for each travel program I register for?

Yes, a donation of $500 to the ICAA is required for each travel program you register for. The donation is required for each person attending a tour.

How do I make my $500 donation to the ICAA?

You can make your $500 donation to the ICAA online, or you can download, complete, and mail this form to the ICAA. You can alternatively fax a copy to 212-730-9649. You may also call 212-730-9646 x109 or email [email protected] to make a donation. Donations must be made separately from the registration fee.

Do I have to be a member of the ICAA to participate in an ICAA travel program?

No, membership is not required to attend an ICAA travel program. However, complimentary Individual membership to the ICAA is included with your $500 required donation.

I don’t see the full itinerary for the tour I am interested in. When will it be released?

For full itinerary and more information, contact [email protected], 860-926-4895. Due to the exclusive nature of our tours, some private locations or visits may be omitted from the ICAA's website.

What kinds of trips does the ICAA offer?

Over the past several years, the ICAA has travelled to destinations including Paris; Andalusia; Atlanta; Barbados; South Africa; Chicago; the Netherlands and Belgium; Scotland; the French Riviera; Morocco; the Italian Lake Region; Charlottesville; Naples; and New Delhi, among many other locations. The ICAA is always looking to diversify its travel offerings. If you have a suggestion or location you would like to see added, please email [email protected].