Long Island's Hidden Past: Tiffany's Minaret
In the early 1900s, artist Louis Comfort Tiffany built a beautiful waterfront estate in Laurel Hollow. Today all that remains is a mysterious tower-like structure.
News 12 Long Island's Danielle Campbell and photojournalist Brian Endres uncover the story behind "Tiffany's Minaret" in this month's Long Island's Hidden Past.
Historian Alexandra Wolfe says the 65-room mansion located on 600 acres of land in Laurel Hollow was completed in 1905, and housed many of Tiffany's works. But, the home itself was considered one of Tiffany's greatest artistic achievements.
The house included 10 bedrooms, hanging gardens, a conservatory, a bowling alley and a lot of outside and inside spaces.
But the Minaret, which is really a decorated smoke stack and features Tiffany's stained glass signature style, is the most mysterious.
The mansion fell into disrepair after Tiffany's death in 1933, and in 1957 it burned to the ground.
The ivy-covered Minaret is the only structure to survive.