Feb 12 2011

Then & Now: Extant Structures on the Vanderbilt Cup Race Courses


There are few Long Island buildings and structures that were built from 1904 to 1910 and remain standing. These nine buildings, structures and remnants on the Vanderbilt Cup Race courses have survived over 100 years:


1904 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church, Broadway, Hicksville

 

Then: 1904- #18 Mercedes driven by William Luttgen at the Hicksville Control. St. Ignatius Loyola Roman Catholic Church can be seen in the background

 

Now: 2003




1905 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

Fence around William K. Vanderbilt Jr.s Deepdale Estate, Lakeville Road, Lake Success

 

Then: 1905-the #19 White Steamer. Note the missing front left tire

 



Now: 2003


First Presbyterian Church, corner of Lakeville Road and Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park

 

Then: 1905 Course description


 

Then: 1905- the "X" Mercedes rounding the New Hyde Park Turn photographed from the church's steeple



 

 

Now: 2004




Long Island Rail Road Tracks, Jericho Turnpike, Mineola

 

Then: 1905- #20 Fiat driven by Paul Sartori in front of a parked LIRR train

 

Now: 2010




1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

House and Hairpin Turn, Old Westbury Road and Wheatley Road, Old Westbury

 

Then- 1906 #8 Fiat driven by FelIce Nazzaro

 

Now: 2006, House at 1 Wheatley Road and the Hairpin Turn




House at the corner of Mineola Avenue and Old Northern Boulevard, Roslyn Heights

 

Then: 1906

 

Now: 2004....Demolished in 2017




1908 Vanderbilt Cup Race Course

Long Island Motor Parkway Bridge at Jerusalem Road (now Stewart Avenue), Bethpage

 

Then: 1908

 

Now: 2003- Bridge embankment, Stewart Avenue and Arthur Avenue, Bethpage

 

Now: 2003- On top of Bridge embankment, Stewart Avenue and Arthur Avenue, Bethpage. Note: Motor Parkway pavement.




Deadman's Curve, Bethpage

 

Then: 1908-#M36 Rainier driven by Axel Peterson during the Meadow Brook Sweepstakes

 

Now: 2007




Church at the Woodbury Turn, Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury

 

Then: 1908



 

Now: 2003




Links to related posts on VanderbiltCupRaces.com:

Archives: Vanderbilt Cup Races

The Vanderbilt Cup Race Courses (1904-1910)




 

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Comments

Feb 13 2011 David Rex 8:08 AM

What a great idea and wonderful pictures.  Thanks for putting the presentation together.  Dave

Feb 13 2011 Art K. 10:17 AM

Thanks Howard - you may want to check the links for Deadman’s Curve that seem to be pointing back to the Vanderbilt estate pics. 

Looking forward to Wednesday’s meeting.

Feb 13 2011 James S. 10:49 AM

Brilliant before and after pics.

Feb 14 2011 Tom 3:57 PM

I very much enjoy seeing these Then and Now pictures! Thanks

May 10 2014 Harold Sauter 3:53 AM

You have done some tremendous research on this grand old road.  In the 1940s I rode many miles of this road by bicycle.  My favorite spot was a banked curve in a meadow that is now Glen Oaks Apartments..just North of Union Turnpike.  I wish I had taken photos!  I commend, applaud and admire you for your wonderful work to preserve the history of this very significant early road.  I was also well acquainted with the Petit Trianon building at Ronkonkoma..again..WISH I had taken pictures!!!  Thank you!

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