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Historic Center Moriches mansion formerly owned by Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos may be sold

The Center Moriches house on Sedgemere Road, once

The Center Moriches house on Sedgemere Road, once owned by Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda, is under consideration for Brookhaven Town landmark status. Credit: Ed Betz

Center Moriches' historic Lindenmere estate -- a former hotel once owned by Philippine strongman Ferdinand Marcos and his wife, Imelda -- is in the process of being sold, Brookhaven Town officials said.

The century-old house on Sedgemere Road is expected to be purchased by an unidentified buyer, Supervisor Edward P. Romaine said at a town board meeting Thursday night.

Real estate websites such as Zillow and showed that the house is in contract and no longer on the market. said the asking price was $1.995 million.

The 10,000-square-foot house listed by Norma Reynolds Realty Inc. in Westhampton Beach overlooks Moriches Bay and has 14 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms.

Amenities include a three-car garage, wraparound porches, tennis court, swimming pool, gold-plated bathroom fixtures and a pool house with wood imported from the Philippines by Imelda Marcos.

Brookhaven officials have been contemplating a plan to designate the 8.2-acre property a town landmark to preserve the property from potential development. Such a designation would also prevent the structure from being demolished. A public hearing that was to have been held Thursday was postponed to May 21 due to the pending sale.

Councilman Dan Panico said he believes the new owner plans to open a bed-and-breakfast at the estate.

"This may be a case where a landmark designation would be potentially a benefit to the proprietor and owner if she is seeking to use the property as a bed-and-breakfast, because then people staying there would be staying . . . at a place with landmark designation," Panico said.

Real estate records show the current owners are Keith and Jacqueline Hennessey. Listed phone numbers for the couple were disconnected.

This would be the third time the house has been sold since the Philippines government seized the site from  Ferdinand Marcos after he was deposed from power in 1986. The Marcoses bought the property in 1981, though they rarely visited.

The estate, named for the linden trees that line a driveway on the property, was built in 1915 as a private home. It later became the Lindenmere hotel in 1945. Among the hotel's tenants in the 1950s were employees of the then-new Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton.

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