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Subject: Rockefeller Mansion
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: busybro-ga
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Posted: 15 Aug 2005 09:39 PDT
Expires: 14 Sep 2005 09:39 PDT
Question ID: 555980
Kykuit is the name of the Rockefeller Mansion in New York. What does "Kykuit" mean?
Subject: Re: Rockefeller Mansion
Answered By: journalist-ga on 15 Aug 2005 09:59 PDT
Greetings Busybro,

Kykuit (rhymes with "high cut") is a word of Dutch origin meaning
"lookout" or "high point".  I've cited references from four reputable
sources as confirmation.

"The 40-room Neo-Classical Revival-style villa was completed in 1913
on a commanding hill (named Kykuit - or "lookout" - by early Dutch
settlers) for John D. Rockefeller, the founder of the Standard Oil

"John D. Rockefeller and his family started visiting the Pocantico
Hills area, 25 miles north of New York City, in the 1890s. The estate
Rockefeller built for his family, Kykuit ("lookout" in Dutch), is open
to visitors as a National Trust Historic Site."

"Kykuit (kye-cut)--Dutch for lookout--sits a few miles north of
Tarrytown and two miles back from the river. Rockefeller came to the
area in 1893, at age 54, when he was winding down his responsibilities
at Standard Oil. But it took 20 years before completion of the
six-story stone house, with its crowning eagle, sculpted gardens, and
stunning vistas."

"Aslet is at his best in his chapter on Kykuit (Dutch for ?lookout?),
the Rockefeller country house in Westchester County, north of New

(Amazon referencing Library Journal)
"Kykuit, which in Dutch means "high point" or "lookout," is the name
of the Rockefeller country home, an immensely opulent estate with a
main, Normandy-style mansion, beautiful gardens, and many
outbuildings, including a coach barn, greenhouses, a Japanese
teahouse, and a "playhouse," a Tudor mansion with indoor swimming
pool, tennis courts, and bowling alleys."

Thanks for asking this interesting question.  :)  

Best regards,


Kykuit meaning
Kykuit lookout

Clarification of Answer by journalist-ga on 15 Aug 2005 10:04 PDT
Um, make that five sources.  lol  I suppose my answer for you is
testament to the fact that my research skills sometimes exceed my math
skills.  ;)

Best regards,
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