NORTH HILLS, N.Y. (AP) — A Long Island coalition is trying to save a "Great Gatsby"-era mansion from demolition.
St. Ignatius Retreat House in North Hills was completed in 1920. Cardinal Eugenio Parcelli, who later became Pope Pius XII, stayed at the Tudor-Elizabeth house in 1936. The 87-room mansion was donated to the Jesuits a year later.
It went on the market last year for $49 million.
The coalition is trying to get the mansion state and national historic status.
Coalition head Richard Bentley says that won't prevent demolition but it'll pressure town officials to preserve it.
North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss tells Newsday (http://bit.ly/1688OHv ) he'll allow the buyer and seller to do with the property what the law permits, including knocking it down. He says the building's chapel will be moved to Fordham University.
Information from: Newsday, http://www.newsday.com