SANDS POINT, N.Y. -- A 25-room New York mansion that some scholars believe inspired "The Great Gatsby" is being razed for a subdivision.
Demolition of the mansion known as Land's End began Saturday. It's being replaced by five houses priced at $10 million each. The 13-acre property faces the Long Island Sound.
Preservationist Alexandra Wolfe tells Newsday that regardless of F. Scott Fitzgerald's true connection to the mansion, his relationship to the house has become local lore.
The paper says Winston Churchill, the Marx Brothers and Ethel Barrymore attended parties there in the 1920s and 1930s.
The house featured marble, parquet floors, Palladian windows and hand-painted wallpaper.
Historians say hundreds of mansions on Long Island's Gold Coast have been lost in the past 50 years because of rising taxes and maintenance costs.
CBS Sunday Morning ran a piece about the famed mansion, and filmed its demolition:
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com