Historic Merestead Mansion Enveloping Underway
The Merestead Main Dwelling, which dates back to 1906, is undergoing exterior work to protect the building. Merestead, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Properties, located in Mount Kisco, is an exquisite country mansion on 130-acres of land. It is the former estate of Mrs. Margaret Sloane Patterson, daughter of William Sloane, President of W and J Sloane, and her husband Dr. Robert Patterson, a prominent orthopedic surgeon in New York City. Merestead features a 28-room Georgian mansion with beautiful gardens built during the early 20th century. In 1982, the Pattersons deeded the property to Westchester County, and upon Mrs. Patterson’s death in August of 2000, Westchester took full possession of the property.
Work on the Main Dwelling began January 6, 2020 and was shut down due to COVID. Since resuming, exterior work of the mansion that has been completed includes a repaired roof and restored chimneys, windows, doors, window dormers, balusters and railings and terra cotta patios; restored and repainted soffit; repointed brick façade as well as power washing, drainage improvements, new window wells, basement stairs and oil tank.
The work on the Main Dwelling is part of a capital project in partnership with the Department of Public Works.
Westchester County Executive George Latimer said, “Preserving the Merestead Main Dwelling is imperative in maintaining the County’s rich history. Making these improvements to the exterior are just the first steps to making sure the property remains a staple in our parks system for future generations to enjoy.”
Westchester County Parks Commissioner Kathy O’Connor said, “Merestead is one of our most historic properties and I’m thrilled to finally see the restoration come to life as its beauty and history is such an important principal for Westchester County.”