The Harbor Hill Estate and the Mackay Horse Statues
The 648-acre estate was located atop the highest point in the area overlooking the village of Roslyn and Hempstead Harbor. The "Harbor Hill" can be seen just to the east of this location.
The estate was divided into formal gardens and terraces surrounding the main house and a 70-acre farm. At the bottom of the west garden, Mackay commissioned two replicas of the famous Marly Horse statues that were built in 1739 for King Louis XV of France.
The 26-foot statues and pedestals were carved by sculptor Franz Plumelet and installed in 1920.
With Clarence Mackay's death in 1938, the Harbor Hill estate was left to his son John Mackay. Due to vandalism during the World War II, the mansion was demolished in 1947.
In the 1950s, the north Mackay Horse Statue was relocated to Roslyn High School. Until 2010, the south Mackay Horse Statue stood in its original location rising above the house at 165 Poplar Drive, East Hills on its original pedestal.
Bruce and Melissa Shulman donated the statue and pedestal to the Town of North Hempstead in 2009. On January 27, 2010, the statue and pedestal were dismantled for restoration and relocation to Gerry Park.
Supported by the Gerry Charitable
Trust and private contributions
generated by the Roslyn Landmark
Society, the restored statue and
pedestal were unveiled on October
19, 2013. With funding from Nassau
County and the Town of North
Hempstead, the statue's plaza and
landscaping were completed in
Erected by Roslyn Lankmark Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical date for this entry is January 27, 2010.
Location. 40° 47.804′ N, 73° 38.882′ W. Marker is in Roslyn, New York, in Nassau County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Roslyn NY 11576, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roslyn World War II Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Roslyn Historical District
Also see . . .
1. Harbor Hill (Mackay History). (Submitted on May 27, 2021.)
2. Harbor Hill Country Home (Estate of Clarence Mackay) (Roslyn Landmark Society). (Submitted on May 27, 2021.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 27, 2021, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.