The Idle Hour Community is unique in that the homes that were built subsequent to the Vanderbilt era were built around the existing accessory buildings of the estate. As such, the original estate is still intact, due to the actions of individuals in the community through the years. Please respect the privacy of the community members.

Read more about the history of the Estate and Environs.

Map of Idle Hour Estate and Accessory Buildings

This map is based on a May 1967 hand drawn map by Albert Coleman, which is in the Special Collections of the Dowling College Library.

Accessory Buildings Owned by Dowling College

Stables and Coach House Sometimes Known As: Carriage House

Engineer’s House

Ice House

Power House

Accessory Buildings that are in Private Hands

Bowling Alley

East Gate House

Farm Area, later known as the Artist Colony which includes:


Oakdale, LIRR Train Station

Orchard House

Palm House

Superintendent’s House

Tea House

Tool House and Potting Shed

West Gate House

Workmen’s House

Accessory Buildings no longer standing

Greenhouses ?

Mausoleum ?

Do you have information to add? Then please contact Diane Holliday.

Last Modified on April 02, 2014, at 01:00 PM by DH

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