Thursday, May 23, 2013
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
HERE to see the A.C. Schermerhorn residence on bing. Postcard from the Gary Lawrance Collection.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Louis Jay Horowitz estate designed by Hunt & Hunt c. 1918 in Lattingtown. Horowitz was the president of the construction firm Thompson Starrett Co. That construction company built such NYC projects as the Woolworth Building, the New York Herald Tribune Building and the Equitable Building among others. The residence was demolished in 1954 but sat on Skunks Misery Road. Click HERE for more on the Horowitz estate. Postcard courtesy of the Gary Lawrance Collection.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Well this one made my day. The Colbert Report takes a humorous look at The Great Gatsby with Carey Mulligan including some green screen teleportation to Old Westbury Gardens and a photograph I took of the wall at 'Spring Hill'. And there's even an appearance by LeVar Burton reprising his role from Reading Rainbow (a childhood staple of mine in the '80s). It begins around the 5:00 mark.
A dispatch from Old Westbury Gardens:
Westbury House is a magnificent, Charles-II style mansion on the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens. Given the indescribable beauty of the gardens, the wide open space provided by 200 acres, and the myriad variety of events offered, some visitors never quite make it inside. Though understandable, that’s a bit unfortunate. The house, decorated with priceless antiques, paintings, and original furnishings, is well worth experiencing on its own under any circumstances, but particularly now during a special exhibition of antique wedding dresses and accessories.
Though mid-June, 2013, various rooms of the house will display wedding dresses, tuxedoes, hats, luggage, and other items spanning the decades from the 1880s through 1940s, created by designers including Henri Bendell, Louis Vuitton, and the House of Tappé.
The exhibit is included with regular admission: $10 General; $8 Seniors; $5 Kids 7-17.
Old Westbury Gardens, 71 Old Westbury Road,
Old Westbury, NY 11568
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Joseph Wright Harriman estate with alterations by Alfred C. Bossom c. 1918 in Brookville. The house was originally built for Philip Livermore by Hoppin & Koen c. 1910. Click HERE for more on 'Avondale Farms' and HERE for interiors. The residence has since been demolished. Photo from the Aiglon Archives.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Ward Shipping Lines. E.M. was a member of the shipping firm Hageman & Ward. Click HERE to see 'Elkhurst' on google earth and HERE on bing. Postcard from the Gary Lawrance Collection.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
HERE for more on the Byrne estate and what would become 'Planting Fields'. Photo from the Annual Exhibition of the Architectural League of New York, 1908.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Broad Hollow House'. Click HERE for more on 'Longfields' and HERE to see the estate ruins as they look today.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
HERE and HERE for more on 'Hempstead House'.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
HERE for more on 'Beaver Brook Farm' which has since been demolished. Photo from the Annual Exhibition of the Architectural League of New York, 1915.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Louis Sherry estate with alterations by McKim, Mead & White c. 1915 in Manhasset and later owned by Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt. She renamed the estate 'Fairmont' and resided there until her death in 1935 (click HERE to see her previous residence). In 1938 the estate was sold to William Levitt who developed the property and main house into the Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club. Click HERE to see 'Sherryland' on google earth and HERE on bing.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
Shug McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario on Orb's winning of the 139th Kentucky Derby!! This is the first Derby win for the 'Spring Hill' line of the Phipps family and you can be sure the late Stuart Janney Jr. and wife Barbara Phipps Janney, her brother Ogden Phipps and mother Gladys Mills Phipps are all smiling down from above right now. Stuart Janney III and Dinny Phipps (pictured below) are grandsons of Henry C. and Gladys Mills Phipps of 'Spring Hill' in Old Westbury.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Though filmed in Australia, Lurhmann relied on historic Long Island photos (including those from Old Long Island) to create his versions of the Gatsby and Buchanan houses for the movie. Click HERE for an Architectural Digest article on the set design, including a mention that 'Westbury House' was the basis for the Buchanan residence. They also mention 'La Selva' (really?) as one of those used for inspiration as well as 'Beacon Towers' and 'Oheka'. Click HERE to watch the trailer for the movie and HERE for my post on the movie from last summer. Good or bad it will most certainly be entertaining.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
O.H.P. Belmont estate designed by Hunt & Hunt c. 1897 in Hempstead. Belmont died in 1908 and his widow Alva built 'Beacon Towers' in Sands Point in 1917. Click HERE for more on 'Brookholt'. Advertisement from Country Life, 1920.
Monday, April 29, 2013
HERE to see 'Overfields', his 1927 residence also designed by Beers & Farley in Syosset. According to SPLIA and Spinzia the house is extant on Ocean Avenue but I have yet to locate it.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
HERE for more on 'Portledge'. Photo from the Annual Exhibition of the Architectural League of New York, 1914.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Charles Albert Coffin estate designed by Howard Greenley c. 1910 in Matinecock. Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Portledge'. Click HERE to see the residence on bing. Photo from the Annual Exhibition of the Architectural League of New York, 1913.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
HERE for more on 'Northwood' and HERE for more on the farm group.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
HERE for more on the residence which has since been demolished. Photo from the Annual Exhibition of the Architectural League of New York, 1913.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
HERE for more on 'Killenworth'. Photo from the Annual Exhibition of the Architectural League of New York, 1922.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Joseph Palmer Knapp residence altered by Willauer, Shape & Bready c. 1913 in Huntington. Knapp, son of Joseph Fairchild and Phoebe Palmer Knapp, was publisher of Everyweek Magazine and later owner of Collier's Weekly. It is unknown if the house is extant.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Oliver Hazard Perry Belmont estate designed by Hunt & Hunt c. 1897 in Hempstead. Click HERE for more on 'Brookholt' which has since been demolished. Photo from the Annual Exhibition of the Architectural League of New York, 1913.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
HERE and HERE for more on the Whitney art studio. Click HERE to see the studio on bing.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
HERE for more on 'Muttontown Corners' and HERE to see the residence on bing. Photo from the Annual Exhibition of the Architectural League of New York, 1915.
Monday, April 8, 2013
HERE for more on 'Solana' and HERE to see it on bing.