The Beechwood Mansion is another contributing property to the Bellevue Avenue Historic District. It was built during the Gilded Age, in 1851, for the New York merchant Daniel Parrish.
Designed by architects Calvert Vaux and Andrew Jackson Downing, it was later acquired by the Astor family. It stands out today for being the only living history museum in all of Bellevue Avenue, with the Astor servants acting as if they?re still conducting their daily tasks in 1891. The Astors may continually use the property as their summer home, but it still also continuously operates as a museum. Sometimes, even the Astor family members themselves give the tours to visitors.
The 39-room estate was sold, however, in 2010. Beechwood?s buyer was not named immediately, but it was said to be Lawrence Ellison, the fourth richest man in the world.