Wilderstein, Morton Road, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY
Significance: Situated on a bluff looking south on the Hudson River, Wilderstein is an interesting adaptation of a mid 19th century villa to a variation of the Queen Anne style. Wilderstein has been the seat of the Suckley family since its design in 1853 by John Warren Ritch. In 1888-89, the addition of a tower, new verandas, porte ochere, and service wing designed by Poughkeepsie architect Arnout Cannon, greatly altered the simple villa character. A rich interior scheme, furnished by J.B. Tiffany and Co., is comprised of oak, mahogany and cherry as well as 44 leaded glass panels. Downing Vaux altered the main stair and added the shady in 1892, Vaux and Co. designed an extensive landscape architecture plan to improve the grounds which were originally pasture. Vaux and Radford designed the Gate Lodge.
Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-311, FN-312, FN-313, FN-314, FN-315, FN-316, FN-317
Survey number: HABS NY-5629
Building/structure dates: ca. 1853 Initial Construction
Building/structure dates: 1878 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1889 Subsequent Work
Building/structure dates: 1890 Subsequent Work