2007-05-09 / Features

Help Solve The Mansion Mystery

Photo Liz Goff Statues of animals surround the entrance and fill the once-grand lawns of the "mystery mansion" on 47th Street in Astoria. Photo Liz Goff Statues of animals surround the entrance and fill the once-grand lawns of the "mystery mansion" on 47th Street in Astoria. Recently Julian Wager, advertising director at the Western Queens Gazette, while driving through Astoria found the remains of what looked like a once-grand Astoria mansion and wondered about its past.

The home, located on a hilltop on 47th Street just south of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway in Astoria, used to be surrounded by a wrought-iron fence that kept kids and curiosity seekers at bay, according to neighbors. Unfortunately, when the fence came down, vandals burglarized the property, breaking windows and dumping trash on the once-pristine lawns.

According to city records the home was built in 1830 and the property was purchased in 1996 at a cost of $890,000. When the current owner tried to demolish the home it was learned that the home sits on New York City Landmark property, which means it cannot be changed or altered without explicit permission from the city.

The Gazette is urging anyone with additional information on the "mystery mansion" to contact the paper at www.qgazette@aol.com.- Liz Goff

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