INTERLAKEN, N.Y. (AP) — An auction is scheduled for the contents of the Finger Lakes estate formerly owned by the man who oversaw the construction of the original Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City.
The Star-Gazette of Elmira reports (http://press.sn/1nKmHa9 ) that the items filled the six-bedroom mansion on the Frederick Robert Usher estate at Interlaken, on the western shore of Seneca Lake.
After the property was sold in December, Bob and Debra Watts of Elmira, New York purchased the contents, including early 20th-century furniture, oil paintings, tools, books, dishes and glassware. They're auctioning the items Friday and Saturday at a former drive-in in Wellsburg, New York.
Usher was a New York City builder who oversaw the construction of the first Waldorf Astoria Hotel in the early 1890s. The hotel was demolished in 1929 to make way for the Empire State Building.
Information from: Star-Gazette, http://www.stargazette.com