Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Harry Alexander Residence

The Harry Alexander residence in Kings Point.  Alexander, an electrical engineer, invented the electric light dimmer and was founder and president of Alexander, Chamberlain Co.  Click HERE to see the Alexander residence on bing.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The Grotto at 'Spring Hill'

Buried in the woods at 'Spring Hill' and covered in weeds is this grotto which fed a small stream that emptied into a little pond (both of which have long since dried up).  This particular garden feature sat about halfway between the main Phipps residence and son Ogden's house to the west.  Click HERE for more on 'Spring Hill'.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Northside School

North Side Elementary School on Hillside Avenue in East Williston as it looked when it opened in the second decade of the 20th century.  I attended North Side as a kid from 1989-1993.  Click HERE to see the school as it looks today.

Monday, April 14, 2014

'Farlands' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Farlands', the Guernsey Curran estate designed by Guy Lowell c. 1918 in Upper Brookville.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Farlands'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Clarkson Cowl Residence

The Clarkson Cowl residence in Kings Point.  Cowl was chairman of the board, vice-president and treasurer of James Hearn and Son Department Store.  He was also a founder of the grain brokerage firm of Logan Cowl and Co. and was president of the Central Mercantile Association.  It is unknown if the house is extant.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

'Overland House' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Overland House', the George Rose estate designed by Hoppin & Koen c. 1910 in Old Westbury.  Click HERE for more on 'Overland House'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The J.K.O. Sherwood Residence

The J.K.O. Sherwood residence in Glen Cove.  Sherwood was one of the original Red Spring colonists.  Click HERE to see the Sherwood residence on google earth and HERE on bing.

Monday, April 7, 2014

'Kirby Hill'

'Kirby Hill', the Joseph Sampson Stevens estate designed by Warren & Wetmore c. 1900 in Muttontown.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Kirby Hill'.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

'Planting Fields' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Planting Fields', the William R. Coe estate designed by Walker & Gillette c. 1919 in Oyster Bay.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Plating Fields'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

'Devon'

'Devon', the Richmond Levering residence built c. 1908 in Amagansett.  Levering was president of Richmond Levering & Co., promoters and developers of oil interests.  He died of pneumonia in 1920 at the age of 39, having by then amassed a fortune in the development of oil fields in Illinois, Texas and Mexico.  Click HERE to see the Levering residence on bing.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

'Mallow' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Mallow', the Walter Farwell estate designed by William Welles Bosworth c. 1918 in Oyster Bay Cove.  Click HERE for more on 'Mallow'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Monday, March 31, 2014

'Clench-Warton'

'Clench-Warton', the Henry Francis Cook estate designed by Montrose W. Morris c. 1891 in North Haven.  Cook was vice-president, secretary and treasurer of the Fahys Watch Case Company, Sag Harbor.  He was also the president of the Montauk Steamboat Co. and Sag Harbor Real Estate Co. 'Clench-Warton' originally sat on roughly 1,000 acres.  The house has since been demolished but click HERE to see a still extant outbuilding.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The William H. Erhart Residence

The William H. Erhart residence likely designed by Freeman & Hasselman c. 1907 in Cedarhurst.  Erhart was chairman of the board of Charles Pfizer & Company.  The company was co-founded by his father Charles Erhart and his father's cousin Charles Pfizer.  The residence has since been demolished.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

'Mayfair'

'Mayfair', the Elihu Root estate designed by Carrere & Hastings c. 1896 in Southampton.  Root, an attorney and prominent politician, served in various political functions including Secretary of War (1899-1904), Secretary of State (1905-1909) and U.S. Senator from New York (1909-1915).  He was also an author and trustee at major NYC institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library.  Click HERE to see 'Mayfair' on google earth and HERE on bing.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

'Waldene' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Waldene', the Walter G. Oakman estate designed by Grosvenor Atterbury c. 1900 in Roslyn.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Waldene'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Monday, March 24, 2014

'Leahead'

'Leahead', the Henry W.J. Bucknall estate in Glen Cove.  Bucknall was vice-president of the Armstrong Cork Company.  Click HERE for more on 'Leahead' which has since been demolished.  Click HERE to see where 'Leahead' stood on google earth and HERE for a history of the estate written by the Glen Cove Historian.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The B. Aymar Sands Estate

The Benjamin Aymar Sands estate built in the last decade of the 19th century on Great Plains Road in Southampton.  The estate had landscaping by the Olmsted Brothers and Warren H. Manning.  Sands, an attorney and partner at the firms of Webb & Sprague and Bowers & Sands, was vice president of the Colorado Midland Railroad Co. and the American Mortgage Company.  He was also chairman of the board of British and Mercantile Insurance Co., London.  The residence was demolished in 2002.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

'Breeze Lawn'

'Breeze Lawn', originally built for Leander Waterbury c. 1889 and pictured here under subsequent owner Henry G. Timmerman in Islip.  Click HERE for more on 'Breeze Lawn'.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

'Cedar Pond Farm'

'Cedar Pond Farm', the Edward P. Alker residence in Kings Point.  Alker was the son of Alphonse H. Alker of 'Idlewilde' and was vice-president of the Pennsylvania Cement Company and co-founder and president of the First National Bank of Little Neck.  It is unknown if the residence is extant.

Monday, March 17, 2014

'Fairleigh' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Fairleigh', the George Brewster estate designed by Trowbridge & Livingston c. 1914 in Muttontown.  Click HERE for more on 'Fairleigh'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Bacon Estate Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Old Acres', the Robert Bacon estate designed by John Russell Pope c. 1907 and 'Arlough', the Robert Low Bacon estate designed by John Russell Pope c. 1916 in Old Westbury.   Click HERE for more on 'Old Acres' and HERE for 'Arlough'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

'Shadowlane' Waterfront

The waterfront at 'Shadowlane', the Charles E. Proctor estate built c. 1900 and enlarged by Little & Brown c. 1914 in Kings Point.  Click HERE for more on 'Shadowlane'.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

'Shadowlane'

'Shadowlane', the Charles E. Proctor estate originally built c. 1900 in Kings Point and expanded by Little & Brown c. 1914.  Click HERE to see the first 'Shadowlane' and HERE for more on the house after the alterations.  'Shadowlane' has since been demolished.

Monday, March 10, 2014

'La Selva' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'La Selva', the Henry Sanderson estate designed by Hunt & Hunt c. 1915 in Upper Brookville.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'La Selva'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

'Farnsworth' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Farnsworth', the C.K.G. Billings estate designed by Guy Lowell c. 1914 in Matinecock.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Farnsworth'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Lee Kohns Residence

The Lee Kohns residence in Great Neck.  Kohns was the president of the New York Board of Trade and Transportation.  The house suffered a devastating fire in early June 1921 when a workman's acetylene torch exploded in his hand while he was on the roof.  The closest hydrant was almost a quarter mile away and a strong wind blowing off the Sound helped quickly engulf the house in flames.  The Kohns residence burned to the foundations, click HERE to read the NYTimes article on the fire.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

'Laurelton Hall' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Laurelton Hall', the Louis Comfort Tiffany estate designed by himself c. 1904 in Laurel Hollow.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Laurelton Hall'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Monday, March 3, 2014

'Beacon Towers'

'Beacon Towers', the Alva Vanderbilt Belmont estate designed by Hunt & Hunt c. 1917 in Sands Point and pictured here under the subsequent Hearst ownership.  Click HERE for all previous posts on 'Beacon Towers'.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

'Winfield Hall' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Winfield Hall', the Frank W. Woolworth estate designed by C.P.H. Gilbert c. 1916 in Glen Cove.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Winfield Hall'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

'Clayton' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Clayton', originally the Stephen Lloyd Bryce estate designed by Ogden Codman Jr. c. 1901 in Roslyn and for many years the Childs Frick estate.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Clayton'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

'Allen Winden Farm'

'Allen Winden Farm', the William Dick estate designed by Lamb & Rich c. 1888 in Islip with alterations by Howard Major in 1915 and Adolph M. Dick between 1931-1935.  The home is pictured here under the ownership of Dick's son John Henry Dick.  J. Henry Dick was vice president of the Manufacturers National Bank where his father was president.  J. Henry's son William K. Dick, who would himself inherit 'Allen Winden Farm', married Madeline Force Astor, widow of J.J. Astor IV, in 1916 (which ended in divorce in 1933).  'Allen Winden Farm' was demolished in the 1960s.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Gary Melius Shot at Oheka

Gary Melius, owner of 'Oheka', was shot in the face in the driveway of the estate.  He is in stable condition after undergoing surgery.  Click HERE for more from CBS.

'Northwood' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Northwood', the Mortimer L. Schiff estate designed by C.P.H. Gilbert c. 1905 in Oyster Bay Cove.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Northwood'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

'Broad Hollow House' and 'Longfields' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Broad Hollow House', the F. Ambrose Clark estate designed by Rogers & Zogbaum c. 1912 and 'Longfields', the William Payne Thompson estate designed by Carrere & Hastings c. 1910 in Old Westbury.  Click HERE for more on 'Broad Hollow House' and HERE for more on 'Longfields'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

'Martin Hall'

'Martin Hall', the James E. Martin estate designed by Little & O'Connor c. 1900 in Great Neck.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Martin Hall' which has since been demolished.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

'Meudon' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Meudon', the William D. Guthrie estate designed by C.P.H. Gilbert c. 1900 in Lattingtown.  Click HERE for more on 'Meudon'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Monday, February 17, 2014

The A.C. Bostwick Jr. Estate

A 1938 aerial of the Albert C. Bostwick Jr. estate designed by James O'Connor in the early 1930s in Old Westbury.  Click HERE for more on the Bostwick estate which has been for sale for years and is set to finally be demolished.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Message from the North Shore Land Alliance...

Dear Members and Friends,

As most of you know, we have been working very hard over the past few years to purchase the 32-acre DeForest Williams property in Cold Spring Harbor and protect it from development.

And now, we are so close to making this purchase a reality!
In order to close the deal in late March, we still need to raise $592,480.

To summarize our efforts to date:
The purchase price is $8.5 Million.  As of today,  we have raised over $6 Million.
  • Suffolk County and the Town of Huntington have committed to $4.5 Million.
  • The Cold Spring Harbor community has contributed $1.4 Million.
  • The Land Alliance has secured a $2 Million bridge loan from The Conservation Fund and made a substantial financial contribution too. (Of course, we will have to repay the loan by December 31st, 2016, but we are willing to take the risk to protect this property.)
If we are successful, this beautiful hillside property will be conserved forever and become the Wawapek Preserve, a wonderful place to walk and enjoy the benefits of nature. If not, the waters of Cold Spring Harbor could be in jeopardy and an historic scenic vista could be lost forever.  

Won't you please help us save the DeForest Williams property from development and protect this community treasure?  Every contribution counts!

To learn more and/or contribute, please click here http://deforestwilliamscampaign.karma411.com.  Thank you for your support!

With great hope,
Lisa W. Ott
President

Thursday, February 13, 2014

'The Braes' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'The Braes', the Herbert L. Pratt estate designed by James Brite c. 1912 in Glen Cove.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'The Braes'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

'Wheatly'

'Wheatly', the E.D. Morgan III estate designed by McKim, Mead & White between 1890-1900 in Old Westbury.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Wheatly'.  Photo from Country Life in America, 1913.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

'Wheatly' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Wheatly', the E.D. Morgan III estate designed by McKim, Mead & White between 1890-1900 in Old Westbury.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Wheatly'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Monday, February 10, 2014

'Knollwood' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Knollwood', the Charles Hudson estate designed by Hiss & Weeks between 1906-1920 in Muttontown.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Knollwood'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

'Groton Farms' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Groton Farms', the Robert D. Winthrop estate designed by McKim, Mead & White between 1897-1902 in Old Westbury.  Click HERE for more on 'Groton Farms'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

'Sandy Cay' Advertisement

An advertisement for 'Sandy Cay', the Conde Nast estate built c. 1930 in Sands Point.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Sandy Cay' which burned down in the 1950s.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

'Westbury House' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Westbury House', the John S. Phipps estate designed by George Crawley c. 1905 in Old Westbury.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Westbury House'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Monday, February 3, 2014

'Spring Hill' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Spring Hill', the Henry Carnegie Phipps estate designed by John Russell Pope c. 1903 in Old Westbury.  Also visible in the upper left hand corner is the Ogden Phipps residence designed by Delano & Aldrich c. 1929.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Spring Hill'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

'Pembroke' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Pembroke', the Joseph R. De Lamar estate designed by C.P.H. Gilbert c. 1916 in Glen Cove.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Pembroke'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

'Jericho Farm'

'Jericho Farm', the Middleton S. Burrill estate designed by John Russell Pope c. 1906 in Jericho.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Jericho Farm'.  Click HERE to see the residence on bing.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

'Killenworth' and 'Poplar Hill' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Killenworth', the George D. Pratt estate designed by Trowbridge & Ackerman c. 1913 and 'Poplar Hill', the Frederic B. Pratt estate designed by Charles Platt between 1917-1924 in Glen Cove.  Click HERE for more on 'Killenworth' and HERE for more on 'Poplar Hill'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Monday, January 27, 2014

'Linden Hill' and 'Highpool' Aerial

A 1938 aerial of 'Linden Hill', the Richard Flint Howe estate designed by Carrere & Hastings between 1917-1927 and 'Highpool', the William Deering Howe estate designed by Carrere & Hastings c. 1926 in Brookville.  Click HERE for more on 'Linden Hill'.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The V.G.F. Vanderbilt Estate Aerial

A 1938 aerial of the Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt estate designed by John Russell Pope c. 1911 in Brookville.  Click HERE and HERE for more on the Vanderbilt estate.  Photo from Stony Brook University's Digital Archive.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

'Eastover' Advertisement

An advertisement for 'Eastover', the Colgate Hoyt estate designed by Renwick, Aspinwall & Owen c. 1891 on Centre Island.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Eastover' which has since been demolished.