Oheka Castle - Beautiful Largest Home in New York State
Oheka Castle is a beautiful estate that is the largest home in New York State and the second largest home in the United States. Oheka Castle is located on the north shore of Long Island along the wealthy Gold Coast at 135 West Gate Drive in Huntington, New York which is in the New York City Metro area.
The beautiful home and gardens were built from 1914 to 1919 by German immigrant and millionaire investment banker Otto Hermann Kahn. Oheka is derived from his name - Otto Hermann Kahn. Reportedly the face of Otto Kahn was used as the inspiration for Mr. Monopoly from the world famous board game.
Oheka Castle was built in French chateau style and is 109,000 square feet large and contains 127 rooms. That makes Oheka Castle the second largest home in the United States after the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Obviously Oheka Castle is the largest home in New York State.
After Otto Hermann Kahn died in 1934 the estate went through a number of owners including the sanitation workers of New York City who used the place as a retreat and the Eastern Military Academy who owned the estate until they went bankrupt in 1979.
Abandoned for five years Oheka Castle was then purchased by real estate developer Gary Milius who started restoring the estate. With a few hiccups along the way including the sale of Oheka Castle to Japanese interests and a repurchase a few years later, Milius has restored most of the beautiful estate.
Today Oheka Castle is a luxury hotel as well as a premier wedding, special event and corporate retreat facility.
Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and Danielle Deleasa had their wedding at Oheka Castle in December of 2009. A number of Hollywood movies including Citizen Kane were filmed at the Oheka Castle Estate.
Oheka Castle and the grounds are open to the public on a limited basis for tours. What can be seen on the tours depends upon other events going on at the castle. If a wedding is taking place that part of Oheka Castle will not be shown. For an additional fee tour guests can go behind the scenes at Oheka Castle.
Beautiful Oheka Castle is one of the great homes in the United States.
For more see 10 Largest Homes in the United States