Monday, April 14, 2008

Jerusha Dewey House/Leftover Cottage

The poet William Cullen Bryant built this cottage for Jerusha Dewey on his estate in 1860.  When General Lloyd Stevens Bryce purchased the property in 1900, he built his estate Clayton nearby but needed a larger guest house after he was appointed minister to the Netherlands and Luxembourg under President Hoover.  The entire first floor of the Dewey cottage was placed on stilts and a new first floor was built underneath.  The structure is in the Gothic Revival style.  Teddy Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson are known to have stayed at this house.

Upon Henry Clay Frick's death, Childs decided to renovate the house and give it a new name, 'Leftover Cottage'.  Upon the departure of most of their staff during World War 2, the Fricks moved into the house, but before they did Childs had the firm of Innocenti & Webel give the house a little landscaping.  The Fricks enjoyed living here so much they stayed in the house 6 years after the war ended before moving back into Clayton.

Thanks to 'The Henry Clay Frick Houses' by Martha Sanger for the information on the house.


Anonymous said...

Josh, I'm very grateful to you for posting these pictures; a student wondered if the Gothic Cottage would be a good paper topic for members of a field study to 19th-century Long Island, and thanks to your picture and entry about the Jerusha Dewey House (and its AMAZING connections), I can say "yes" to her question! And maybe we'll be able to find this amazing survivor, thanks to your story about it.

Richard White said...

After WW2, Childs Frick had several of his employees living in this house. Beryl Taylor, a paleontologist working for Childs in his Frick Laboratory, then located partly at the American Museum and partly in the Millstone lab building on the grounds at Clayton (now the art center) lived in this house, also known as The Captain's House,

Richard White

Unknown said...

Hello, what are the plans for restoration of the Dewey house? I just came upon it a few weeks ago while walking around the Roslyn Museum. It,s an interesting structure. Thanks. Diane

Unknown said...

Hello, what are the plans for restoration of Dewey house. I just came upon this while walking the grounds of the Nassau Miseum. Interesting structure.