Built in 1799 by Archibald Gracie, the two-story Federal-style home overlooking the East River in Manhattan’s Yorkville neighborhood has been home to most New York City mayors since being designated as the official residence of the office in 1942. What started out as a country house overlooking the river has become a central and historic site in New York.
The property itself is actually quite historic, too: George Washington commandeered a since-destroyed building on it during the Revolutionary War to provide a strategic lookout. The building is open to tours and offers constant exhibitions of decorative and student art for the public to enjoy.
Ohio - Westcott House
The only Prairie Style home created by Frank Lloyd Wright in Ohio sits here in Springfield and it's still basking in Wright’s brilliance. This exceptional home was built for the successful entrepreneur Burton J. Westcott, his wife Orpha, and their family. The house was designed in 1906 and built in 1908, undergoing extensive alterations to the interior in the early 1940s.
The Westcott family endured a great deal of tragedy while living there, and it eventually fell into disrepair. Still, it has since been completely rehabilitated and is now a museum managed by a non-profit organization. Both in-person and virtual programming is offered by the museum, and the gift shop offers visitors unique and creative mementos.
North Dakota - Chateau de Mores
The 26-room "chateau," which sits on a picturesque 128 acres, was the summer home for the French aristocrat and entrepreneur Marquis de Mores for several years in the 1800s. Located southwest of Medora, this site continues to memorialize his life and activities.
Among his works were a beef packing plant, a freighting company, a stagecoach line, refrigerated railway cars, cattle, sheep raising, land ownership, and a new town that he named Medora in honor of his wife. The museum today offers exhibits ranging from historical films to artifacts of previous presidents, with constant information on de Mores and his life's work.
New Mexico - Billy The Kid's Hideout
This outwardly modest abode conceals a crazy part of history. The 4,000-square-foot home provided a safe hideout for the bandit fugitive while he was avoiding arrest. Billy The Kid needed numerous hideouts throughout his life on the run, and they ranged from building like this one, to caves.
It's difficult to believe that the legendary gunslinger reportedly used to store his weapons under the floorboards since the whole place currently looks cozily decorated and totally charming. Apparently, the outlaw hid in a flour barrel in the kitchen and later under a bed when soldiers from nearby Fort Stanton came knocking.
New Jersey - Albert Einstein's House
This unassuming cottage was home to the wacky-haired theoretical physicist from 1936 until he passed away in 1955. Albert Einstein specifically requested that it not be transformed into a museum. The house is a modest two-story, "L" shaped frame building with a gabled roof over the front. Not too shabby, at all.
His home has since been home to several fellow notable intellectuals teaching at the nearby university, including Frank Wilczek and economist Eric Maskin's theoretical physicist. The house was designated a National Historic Landmark in January 1976. Though the home is a private residence, people can view the house from the street.