Riverview encapsulates an era of legendary luxury in the Hudson Valley, a place America's foremost railroad robber barons, tycoons of commerce and magnates of industry once called home. Standing steadfast atop a scenic knoll over the mighty Hudson, the gilded estate was built for shipping mogul Harold Clarke Strong in the 1920s, and was later owned the International Ladies Garment Workers Union, which used the resort-like property as a country retreat for its members. The symmetry of the stately residence is said to simulate the lines of ocean steamers, an homage to Strong's fortune. Spread across 18 sprawling acres abutting Hudson National Golf Course, it's not hard to see why, beyond its 22-year stint with the ILGWU, the home has been owned by the same family since 1964.
A commanding manor exterior reveals interiors of comparably grand scale, integrating a mix of old world and Arts & Crafts sensibilities. The heart of the home is undoubtedly its extravagant 39-by-23 foot great room, an imposing space that's part-transatlantic liner ballroom and part national parks lodge. Hardwood paneling and millwork juxtapose beamed ceilings, pendant lights and ceilings stenciled with Native American-inspired panels. With verandas, sweeping water views and dual spiraling stairways guarded by iron railings hand-forged with silhoutte sailboats, it could practically pass for the Nieuw Amsterdam or Queen Mary, if not for the French doors opening to gently rolling hillside down towards the river. Prohibition-era liquor cubbies are even hidden behind its walls; there's also a clandestine basement saloon downstairs dating to the "dry" years.
The present owner-architect has preserved the storied property and added thoughtful upgrades while retaining its historic integrity. A guest cottage, pool and cabanas also adorn the grounds. Watch below to see how this heritage estate continues to define Hudson Valley-style luxury living.