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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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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