Thursday, December 5, 2013

Demolition of Inisfada

'Inisfada' Front facade. 

Today, December 5, 2013, demolition was officially begun of the historic 'Inisfada' estate on Long Island, which happens to be the 4th largest home built in the United States. Built between 1916 and 1920, the estate was constructed for Nicholas and Genevieve Brady, a wealthy Catholic couple. After Mr. Brady's death, the house was willed to Genevieve, who in turn gave it to the St. Ignatius, who used the residence as a retreat house. In 1936, the home served as the base for Pope Pius XII during his U.S. tour. 75 years later, the home was listed up for sale by the institution, who decided to sell the place after previously auctioning off several furniture pieces dating back to the Brady ownership. It was sold for $36 million in August of this year, and was rumored to be demolished. After a last-ditch attempt by preservationists, demolition crews finally showed up this morning, ready to begin. Already, the solarium and many exterior walls lay in a pile of rubble. Here are some links regarding the estate and the demolition. 

'Great Gatsby'-Era Retreat House Dismantling Begins

North Hills OK's Inisfada Demolition Permit

Inisfada Furnishings Net $51K At Auction

Inisfada Sold To Developers For $36.5M

Preservationists Try and Bar Demolition of 87-Room Mansion

Gold Coast Goodbye 


  1. When will we care enough in this country to preserve our architectural heritage and culture before it is all bulldozed for strip shopping centers and subdivsions? Hong Kong developer was given the okay from the Village of North Hills to demolish this landmark. We are doomed as a country if we care so little about our past. Disheartening and embarassing when compared to European's caring for their ancient buildings and landmarks.

  2. sickening and disgraceful. Shame on all of us for caring so little about our history. As a nation we are doomed since our heritage, landmarks and culture hold so little value to us. Also give proper credit to the morons on the village board of North HIlls for being so ignorant, foolish and small minded not to see the value in preserving this magnificent structure.

  3. Inisfada which means Long Island in Gallic has been written to capture the timeline of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Genevieve Carroll Garvan Brady. “Papal Duchess”. Mrs. Brady was a woman great means and tremendous generosity Holy inspirational vision and hope to people throughout the world. The book covers her work from WW1, WW2, Great Depression, Spanish War and much more. The book also covers some topics of interest related to key events such as the sinking of the Titanic and the illuminati theories of the Federal Reserve. Mrs. Brady was and remains the highest decorated Catholic Woman in America. She worked very closely with the Catholic Church, The Jesuits the Vatican and Presidents during very difficult times. This is a must read book for all women who hold Jesus close to their hearts and Women's rights at the forefront of all that is good in the world. This book is very thought provoking for anyone who is interested in the illuminati theory of the Holy Grail.

    The Physical Inisfada has been lost but The Human Form Divine Lives Eternal

    Proceeds will be used to start a dedication museum in Manhasset to the Bradys. Thanks for your support.

  4. I have found out that the old New York
    Times is a fountain of information about
    the social history of the US back in
    the early 20th century.
    Who knew what social life was like
    back then? I can thank the New York
    Times for mentioning Inisfada.


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