Rooms & Amenities
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||White Gate has long been regarded as one of
Ogdensburg’s most gracious and most storied homes.
Although its present footprint dates to 1903, city officials
believe the original portion of the structure dates to the
1850’s when Charles G. Myers, one of Ogdensburg’s
early attorneys, purchased the site from the George Parish
Estate. Myers, who would later in life serve as New York
State’s Attorney General, and his family set the elite
tone of the neighborhood. The six-block area featured
spacious homes on large treed lots with no alleys and was
regarded as the most desirable real estate in the city. It still
has that reputation today. From the 1850’s on, men like
Charles Myers, Thomas Fine Strong, AB James, Grant
Madill, Levi Hasbrouck, John Howard, and Walter Guest
Kellogg, all prominent movers and shakers in the city’s
history, established residences in the areas.
One of White Gate’s longest residencies was the
twenty-five year period from 1925 to 1950 by the Levi
Hasbrouck family. The Hasbroucks traced their roots
in Ogdensburg from 1804 when their patriarch Louis
Hasbrouck arrived and commenced what would be a
lifetime of community service. His numerous descendants
who resided in Ogdensburg for nearly 150 years followed
his example. Local wags report that during the Levi
Hasbrouck ownership of the house he proposed a
significant piece of jewelry to his wife to celebrate a wedding
anniversary. She countered with a request for a decorative
fence for the property. A handsome white fence on a stone
foundation was subsequently installed at great cost.
Mrs. Hasbrouck referred to the fence as her “string of
pearls” and from that moment on their home was called
Built in the so-called Federal style the house
features a center front entrance balanced by floor-to ceiling
double hung windows on each side. Beautifully
leaded sidelights frame the front door. A handsomely
corniced front gable dominates the facade and third floor.
The interior of Whitegate features the same attention
to detail. Ceilings are nearly 11 feet high and
boast beautiful moldings. Still operable pocket doors
separate the original living areas. Numerous fireplaces
add warmth to the well-proportioned rooms. Floor-to ceiling
French doors compliment the large fireplace in
the library. Second floor bedrooms in the main house are
equally high ceilinged and spacious.
Whitegate’s present owners Kathie and Brian Wade
have a long history in Ogdensburg having both worked
and raised their family here for the last forty plus years.
Their rehabbing and refurbishing of Whitegate into a
Bed and Breakfast have restored its former graciousness.