I was invited to a Roaring 20’s Gatsby Party at Coindre Hall on Long Island’s Gold Coast. I was instantly attracted to the excitement and allure of the 1920’s.
As we drove past the charming neighborhoods overlooking Huntington Harbor, we came to a magnificently tree-lined lane, as if we were entering a secret passageway or portal back into the iconic era of the prohibition. As we approached the Chateau, antique cars lined the drive with people dressed in gangster and flapper clothing, holding champagne glasses laughing and mingling as time period music filled the air.
The Gangsters Paradaise
I’ve always dreamt about living in different time periods. The glamour and rebellion of the early 1900’s has always appealed to me. The intrigue of how prohibition created the American Mafia gangsters and many of the millionaires of that time period; the fancy cars with jump seats & the road races on the Vanderbilt Parkway; the Flappers dancing The Charleston with a new found freedom from the conservative Victorian Age; and the speak easy underground clubs with women smoking their slimline cigarettes ever daintily, seductively stroking their finger-wave hairstyles.
I remember watching the Legends of the Falls with Brad Pitt for the first time, it became my all time favorite.ah, what a devastating yet a beautiful love story…
Luckily I found my own gangster. Well, he’s not Brad Pitt, I know, but his better than Brad!
Cheers to my Gangster!
The History About the Chateau Coindre Hall
Coindre Hall is a 40 room, 30,000-square-foot (2,800 m2) mansion in the style of a medieval French château constructed in 1912 for pharmaceutical magnate George McKesson Brown. It overlooks 34 acres (140,000 m2) of rolling land including a boathouse on the north shore of Long Island adjacent to Long Island Sound. Brown lost ownership of the property after the stock market crash of 1929. At the request of Bishop Monsignor Thomas Molly, the Brothers of the Sacred Heart bought this property to establish a boarding school and summer retreat. It was founded in 1939 by Brother Martinian, S.C., Provincial Superior, and was named in memory of Father André Coindre, the founder of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The school was intended to generate funds for the formation and education of young Brothers. It operated under the supervision of the Brothers who have been active in Christian Education in the United States since 1847.
It closed in 1971 and later reopened for a few years as an independent private institution called “Eagle Hill School.”
Since 1973 Coindre Hall Park has been administered by the Suffolk County Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation. On September 26, 1985 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is often used for hosting weddings.
(taken from Wikipedia)
No one messes with the FLAIR girls… Ever!
The Rumors About the Chateau Coindre Hall
The rumor is that the castles boat house was used to run booze into the city by Bronx Beer Baron Dutch Schultz. Some say that the boat house is more beautiful than the castle itself. Apparently the feds collapsed the tunnel when they raided the boathouse during prohibition days.
Ps: If you like the wardrobes in the photos, all the ladies got their fabulous dresses, shoes and accessories at FLAIR designer boutique
left to right:
the shy flapper: green and purple dress by Musani, shoes by Sweeties, headband by headdressny
the tommygun toting flapper: cream rouched dress by Nicole Miller, shoes by Pelle Moda,
the screaming flapper: nude beaded dress by Jovani,
the clueless vixen: pewter beaded dress by Basix II, shoes by El Dante, necklace by Van Cliff and Arpeles, necklace by Azaara, earrings by Be-JE designs.
Hair was done by Legends Hair Designs
The event was organized by North Shore Promotion Alliance to promote businesses on the Gold Coast
Tell me , what is your favorite era?
What do you love about the Prohibition Era most?
Would you go to Gatsby Style Party if you got invited?