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Gold Coast website launches at Oheka Castle

You could say that the kickoff party for the new Gold Coast Mansions of Long Island website took the cake.

The site aims to market the North Shore's historic mansions, museums, sites and villages, with a Bygones section written by Paul Mateyunas, author of "North Shore Long Island Country Houses 1890-1950" and an agent at Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty.

The fete Thursday at Huntington's Oheka Castle, the website's sponsor, highlighted many of the architectural treasures featured on the site, including the Glen Cove Mansion and Conference Center.

To mark the occasion, Andy Helliwell, Glen Cove Mansion's executive chef, had a semi-edible model made of the 1910 brick Georgian mansion, originally part of the 55-acre estate of John Teele and Ruth Baker Pratt and once declared one of the country's "best 12 country houses in America."

On a Styrofoam frame, artisans used fondant for the brick facade, slate roof and shutters, royal icing for the lattice work and leaf gelatin for the glass. After the late afternoon event, Helliwell and the staff brought the model back to the mansion for display. Will it last? "If not, we'll rebuild it again," Helliwell says.


Newsday photo / Valerie Kellogg

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