Floral Park Historical Society

Floral Park New York Historical Marker #7 - John Lewis Childs Mansion location

Floral Park NY Historical Marker #7

Historical Marker  #7


•  John Lewis Childs Residence  •
91 Tulip Ave., Floral Park NY.
 

For more information about our activities, please e-mail anncorbett@corbettpr.com or call (516) 775-6849.

The Floral Park residence of John Lewis Childs and Caroline “Carrie” Goldsmith married in in 1886. The family lived in their Victorian mansion on Tulip Avenue, hosting notable celebrities of the day. The mansion was located at 91 Tulip Ave.

John Lewis Childs, Founder of Floral Park, and Caroline “Carrie” Goldsmith married in in 1886 and lived in this Victorian mansion on Tulip Avenue. They raised four children: Carleton, Vernon, Lionel and Norma.

 

The couple gave parties for local children and entertained dignitaries, including Governor Theodore Roosevelt. Caroline presided at Floral Park Woman’s Club and Sorosis meetings and led Red Cross volunteer activities at the mansion.

The mansion grew to have 34 rooms, including a special wing to house Childs’ collections: 1,000 books on nature; a mineral collection containing famous and unusual semi-precious stones and an enormous collection of bird artifacts, most impressive of which was a Bald Eagle on a pedestal.

Built around 1880, the mansion had some distinctive architectural features which included a very ornate porch with a “porte-cochere,” for protected entrance of friends via horse and carriages,” plentiful in that era. It was a full two-stories plus, one sporting mansard roof and several dormers, topped by a “tower.” A finial iron cresting crowned all “roof cornices.” It stood prominently alongside Childs’ Seedhouse and beautiful grounds.

 

It was one of Long Island’s great mansions; it was demolished in the early 1950s.

Floral Park Historical Society Collectibles

Ask about our collectible Floral Park History keepsakes and museum-quality floral prints, reproduced from John Lewis Childs' original seed catalog artwork.  While supplies last, we make a selection available at many of our events.

Our STORY

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique.

Our WORK

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique.

Our SERVICES

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique.

Featured Galleries

Amy's Wedding

More

Company Event

More

Jenna's 30th Bday

More

Contact Studio

Find us on Facebook
Follow us on Twitter

© 2019 Floral Park Historical Society