Wyndcliffe, in the town of Rhinebeck, New York, was one of many fine houses constructed throughout the Hudson River Valley during the 19th Century. Built in 1853 for Elizabeth Schermerhorn Jones – a relative by marriage of the Astor family – the mansion allegedly inspired the phrase “keeping up with the Joneses”. Later owned by Andrew Finck, a New York beer baron, Wyndcliffe was abandoned some time after 1950 and remains an imposing site, although the structure has finally started to collapse.
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