Located in Tarrytown, New York the home was built for John D. Rockefeller in 1913 and was the home for four generations of the Rockefeller family. The family purchased the property around the highest point in the area, the lookout (Kykuit is the Dutch word for "lookout" or "high place,") where the house sits today. Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller collected most of the modern art adorning the grounds and gardens around the house.
The Hudson River sits 3 miles away where it can be seen from the back porch of the house. The illusion that one could walk there is intentional and the towns of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow cannot be seen or heard. The family once owned 4000 acres of land around the house and currently own 2000.
We visited the house on Sunday, August 31, 2008.