the belvedere estate


Located in Westchester County, the Belvedere Estate is a unique property, built on more than 25 acres. Featuring beautiful period details from the 1920s, the estate is comprised of a main house and several smaller buildings scattered across the grounds. A wooded area and bluff overlooking the broad Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge offer a variety of beautiful and idyllic views.

Built as early as the 1910s, the Belvedere was originally part of Philipsburg Manor, a 90,000-acre property and one of the richest landholdings in America. It was built by Florence and Casper Whitney and purchased in 1928 by Dr. Philip Gillette Cole, where it was renamed Zeeview. The house at Zeeview sat comfortably overlooking the broad Hudson River and the "Tappan Zee." Here, the Coles built several more buildings on the property, including the Agora House and the Studio, and displayed their extensive collection of American Western art, later placed in the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After Cole’s death, the estate was acquired by Samuel Bronfman of the Seagrams Whiskey family. The property was renamed Belvedere, after the Bronfman’s main residence in Toronto.

In 1972, Belvedere became the center of operations for the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification.

Today, the Belvedere Estate is a beautiful event and meeting space – the ideal setting for receptions, wedding ceremonies, meetings, office parties, location and film shoots, or any other occasion where a beautiful interior and exterior setting is desired.