C.K.G. Billings Estate (LOC) "By 1916 Billings had tired of this location, and sold the whole operation to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. for $35,000 per acre. Rockefeller intended to tear down Tryon Hall initially and give the land to the city for a new park. Inwood and Washington Heights was in need of a park in the neighborhood, Architects protested destruction of the house and the city turned down the offer of a new park. It was rented out. Tryon Hall burned in a spectacular fire in 1926.