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If you can't find a house on a hill, you may have to build the hill first (and then the house), which is exactly what financier Otto Kahn did in constructing Oheka Castle, completed in 1919. Before work on the structure began, two years were spent erecting a hill on the 443-acre plot so the 127-room mansion could enjoy views of nearby Cold Spring Harbor. Kahn was similarly demanding and innovative in his selection of architectural materials. Because one of his previous houses had been destroyed by fire, Kahn instructed his architects to use only fireproof materials for the 109,000-square-foot home, the second largest in the United States.
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