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Center Moriches estate once owned by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos designated a landmark

The Center Moriches house once owned by Phillipine

The Center Moriches house once owned by Phillipine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, on Sedgemere Road in Center Moriches has been designated a landmark. Credit: Ed Betz

A Center Moriches estate once owned by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos has been named a Brookhaven Town landmark.

The designation, unanimously approved Thursday by the town board, means the century-old Lindenmere estate overlooking Moriches Bay can't be torn down and redeveloped, officials said.

Janet Davis, who said she has purchased the 8.2-acre property on Sedgemere Road for $1.85 million, told board members she supported the landmark designation.

In an interview, Davis said she plans to open a bed-and-breakfast there in July after renovating the house and repairing damage from superstorm Sandy. Several linden trees -- which gave the estate its name -- were badly damaged by the 2012 storm, she said.

"I'm not going to change the property that much. I'm mostly keeping to the original and just updating," Davis said. "The property had a lot of damage from hurricane Sandy that was never repaired. . . . A lot of trees were lost. You can almost see where the tidal surge came in and where it ended."

Town officials said landmark status would prevent the site from being converted to other uses, such as condominiums.

Supervisor Edward P. Romaine, a Center Moriches resident, and Councilman Dan Panico, who represents the community, wished Davis good luck.

The estate was built as a private home in 1915 and became the Lindenmere Hotel in 1945. Former Philippine president Marcos and his wife owned the home from 1981 to 1987, when the Philippine government seized it after Marcos was deposed.

The house, which has been privately owned since 1996, has 14 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, gold-plated bathroom fixtures and a glass and marble pool house.

Davis, a former Florida nurse who went into real estate, said she had been looking for a "big, historical property" to purchase when she learned about Lindenmere. "When I saw this property, it was like, look no further," she said. She said the B&B would host up to 30 guests, and she plans to hold events such as wine tastings.

"I think it'd be nice to plant a vineyard," Davis said. "Lindenmere wine -- how does that sound?"

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