Cornelius Kingsley Garrison Billings and Tryon Hall

In 1917, Billings sold Tryon Hall and the surrounding land to John D. Rockefeller for $35,000 per acre.  In 1925 Tryon Hall was unfortunately destroyed by a fire.  According to the New York Times the fire lasted well into the night.  It was watched by many residents and also by people who were visiting the community.

The remains of this grand estate can still be seen today.  These are the stone gates and gate house, the brick carriage road with archway, which is now a scenic overlook, connecting the property with the Henry Hudson Parkway. During the construction of Fort Tryon Park and the Cloisters the brick roadway of the Billings estate was paved over to protect the bricks from the trucks coming into the park from the Henry Hudson Parkway.  The paving was recently removed and is now now part of the pedestrian pathway of the park.

The former property, now incorporated into Fort Tryon Park, has become one of the most scenic wonders of the City and the Hudson Valley.  It is hoped that many will continue to appreciate what Billings and Rockefeller had seen and will last far into the future.