Friday, August 23, 2013

The Shattuck Estate

American Graffiti in Plainview

One beautiful Saturday we made our way to the Shattuck Estate, an abandoned mansion in Plainview, New York.  Being very easy to find and not a struggle to get to, it was a no-brainer to visit.  Not much is known about the construction of this home.  Somewhere in the early 1900’s successful New York City attorney, Edwin Paul Shattuck, bought the estate.  Shattuck lived in the home until his death in 1964. The homes golden age was from the 1920’s – 1940’s.

Edwin Paul Shattuck

Mr. Shattuck was the personal attorney for 31st President, Herbert Hoover. The two were best friends and died within three days of each other.  I can assume that Hoover must have visited this grand estate at one time or another. 

Edwin was a member of the Shattuck family; known for founding the Frank G. Shattuck Company, which operated many things including the well-known food chain of the time, Schrafft Foods. 

This reminds me of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Nassau County purchased the property back in the early 1970’s, and wanted to develop the land for residential and commercial purposes.  In 1972, Carl Ross, a resident of Plainview, fought to turn the Shattuck Estate and it is 138-acre parcel into a preserve – it was a success! 

The mansion has mostly been forgotten about and left to nature. As we can see from the photos, local teenagers have found the spot and frequent it as a hang out to drink beer and spray graffiti.   

There are two types of abandoned properties one can explore. Ones that are easily accessible, like this one, and ones that are a struggle to get to (Hart Island).  These easy ones get trashed with litter and spray paint, which, in my opinion, takes away from the experience. I prefer the locations that lurk in the shadows – that’s where true adventure is found.  Nonetheless, we had a fun time checking this place out. Until next adventure, I bid you adieu.


  1. Do you know if it has since been torn down?

    1. I lived in this house back in the 60's

    2. John, pictures are horrific, I have good memories of our time there. Debi

    3. This is to JOHN VALENTI: since you say you "lived in this house back in the 60's", I am not sure if you remember two brunettes and one blonde haired girl you invited inside your home? We were all very young in the 60's. I was born in 1958.

  2. Where is/was this place? I lived in Plainview for 25 years and never heard of it

  3. Torn down.,-73.4496638,106m/data=!3m1!1e3

  4. This is to JOHN VALENTI: since you say you "lived in this house back in the 60's", I am not sure if you remember two brunettes and one blonde haired girl you invited inside your home? We were all young in the 60's -- 1968 I turned 10.

  5. in reply to martin rosenstock... you can find the location across from the college streets.. theres a no trespassing sign on a flimsy chain linked barrier .. proceed at your own risk... the grounds and interior are deteriorating.. bats in the basement think of it as " the house on haunted hill"

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  7. I have a prayer bench that was once in this mansion. Does anyone have any information on it?

  8. Unfortunately this spot is now just a clearing with a fire hydrant and an old electric hookup being the only things betraying the nature of the place. Not sure when it was knocked down.

  9. This was my great great uncles house, Edwin Paul Shattuck. He died in 1964. I'm not sure how someone could have been living there in the 1960s unless they were living there without permission or were part of the staff.

    I was there once in 1964 when I was 8. This house was never sold, it became a part of the city and became a nature preserve. When I look at these pictures it makes me very sad.

    To the person with a prayer stand from that house... All I can tell you is that it was one of his possessions. I too have many things that came from that house.

    I can also tell you that he was NOT connected to the Shattucks with the Schraftts Market. He came from Oregon and that was the connection between he and Herbert Hoover. They both grew up in the Portland area. (Gresham and Newberg) They did not know each other during that time. They did become good friends.

    If the house has been knocked down it is probably for the better. I will always remember it as the majestic house from the 60s that I had the privilege of staying in.