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FDR and Dutchess County Stone Buildings

Colonial Dutch fieldstone homes, according to Franklin Roosevelt, symbolized the modest hard-working nature of the early Dutch. FDR hoped to emulate those values when he remodeled his own home. "Springwood", the Roosevelt family home, was originally built in 1826 and upon enlargement in 1867, resembled an Italian villa. Franklin and Eleanor's five growing children necessitated a bigger home in 1914 and neo-Georgian wings were added to the home. Although his mother Sara wanted a stucco and brick exterior, Franklin persuaded her to accept the extra cost of stone. Field stone from the property was harvested and laid in exactly the same manner as the superintendent's cottage on the Newbold's neighboring estate.



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