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Designate Inis Fada (Long Island) as a Historic Land Mark.

Supporters     Inisfada... Gaelic for Long Island a Manhasset Estate.

(pronounced in-ish-FAH-dah),  which means Long Island in Gaelic

Inas Fada is the 4th largest mansion in the United States of America. It is the "Jewel of Long Island" and the only unique Gold Coast Mansion from the Gilded Age to have spritual chapels.  

The vision for the Long Island Sound coastal area encompasses the tapestry of natural, economic, and cultural resources that make it unique “The social and economic well-being and the general welfare of the people of the state are critically dependent upon the preservation, enhancement, protection, development and use of the natural and man-made resources of the state's coastal area. 

The incredible mansion was donated to the Jesuits in 1934 by Genevieve Garvan Brady, widow of the business man Nicholas F. Brady, who died in 1930. Both devout Catholics. After 75 years, first as a Jesuit school, then a seminary and more recently a retreat house, St. Ignatius is closing. Inisfada. This house and the land have very significant history. It should be preserved and used to serve the local residents and children and the general public. It should be mark "Historical".



"This is not just a magnificent structure, worthy of preservation because of its astounding architectural beauty and incredible state of preservation, but it has also been a spiritual heart of the Long island community for decades and it is a fitting reminder of the generosity and spirituality of the Brady family. The Jesuits have made a poor and misguided decision to shut the doors but the real tragedy is their seemingly uncaring disregard for the future of this building which was intended as a gift to serve the community for generations to come. This property cannot fall to the wrecking ball. Do we need yet another housing development? I hope Long Islanders care enough about their environment and history to prevent this."


 "We have gone to this home for 36 years on retreats, to daily mass and just to rest in a peaceful place away from the stresses of everyday life, so we are heart sick to see it closed. But more importantly, to have it demolished and never seen again would be a shame!  So please ask everyone you know to sign these two petitions to save this home! This is property is part of the History on Long Island and we should want to preserve it for all future generations...not just for the beauty of the Architecture and craftsmanship alone...but so the memories of the Brady's may be passed on too. They were wonderful generous people and their story should go on in their own home."


"In order to honor the intentions of Genevieve Brady, it is important that this property continue to be used for it's intended purpose. This is a beautiful, magnificent structure, worthy of preservation because of its astounding architectural beauty, How could anyone even think about destroying it.  This is something that can never be replaced."

Nicholas F. Brady

 "What are rich people but the trustees of God for the deserving poor and honest labor... The working man's right and dignity should come before high dividends."

 Nicholas F. Brady

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Thank you.


“Teach us to give and not to count the cost.”
St. Ignatius of Loyola

 References Material Links

Policy 2 Preserve historic resources of the Long Island Sound coastal area.

Archaeological sites and historic structures are tangible links to the past development of a community—both its cultural and economic life



This petition was delivered to:
  • U.S. House of Representatives
  • Councilwoman Lee R. Seeman (5th District)
    Town of North Hempstead
  • Councilwoman Anna M. Kaplan (4th District)
    Town of North Hempstead
  • Councilman Angelo P. Ferrara (3rd District)
    Town of North Hempstead
  • Councilman Thomas K. Dwyer (2nd District)
    Town of North Hempstead
  • Councilmember # 5
    Town of North Hempstead
  • Councilmember # 3
    Town of North Hempstead
  • NYS Senator Jack Martins
    Jack Martins
  • County Executive
    Edward Mangano,
  • Mayor M. Natiss
    Village of North Hills
  • New York Governor
  • President of the United States
  • New York State Senate
  • New York State House
  • U.S. Senate
  • Councilwoman Dina M. De Giorgio (6th District)
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