Saturday, May 24, 2008

'Erchless'

Built for Howard Phipps, the youngest of three sons of Henry Phipps. Designed by Adams & Prentice in 1935 in Old Westbury, this house sits across the road from his big brother Jay's Westbury House (O.W. Gardens). Click HERE to see the gardens of 'Erchless'. Click HERE to see 'Erchless' on google earth.



The garden on the western side of the house. In the distance on the left are two Japanese tea houses that are in reality pool houses.



The view from the top of the rear terrace. The rear of the house overlooks a huge field with horse rings on one side. At the end of the field is a massive row of 80 foot beech trees that screen the rest of the property from the outbuildings.


The view looking back at the house from the field.

The stables, one of numerous outbuildings hidden behind the row of beech trees. There is also a pond, multiple cottages, two barns, and a greenhouse.

8 comments:

Jesse said...

Is Erchless open to the public?

Zach said...

No, it is still privately owned by the Phipps family. I was able to see it when it was open one day this past spring for a garden tour. Perhaps it will be open again next year.

Anonymous said...

This is lovely, perhaps the loveliest of the well-maintained homes on your site. To imagine that, at one time, all of these places were as well staffed and maintained as Erchless. I hope this continues!

Rob Sudars said...

Wonderful place, let us know when it's open to the public again.

Anonymous said...

Great piece on this home. Being the Great-Great Grandson of Henry Phipps, I have been here many time. The pictures do not do it justice....

Watercolorgirl said...

Well great great grandson..
can YOU help us see the estate??
That is really very cool that you are
a Phipps..what a wonderful family to have ties with! they always seemed like the nicest folks, very kind people. And Excellent taste!!
My cousin was actually the modern day gardener at Westbury house, in the 80s, and we were very proud of his work!

Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby said...

I had the honor of a private tour of the grounds driven in a golf cart by Mary Phipps. Mrs. Phipps knows every plant intimately and was proud to say which was a gift from her sister, which was put in a pot for her granddaughter. She even cut a Jack in the Pulpit as a gift to bring home. It was a lovely and enchanted afternoon.

Anonymous said...

I worked as a groundskeeper one year in my teens, remember the concord fling into jfk so low as to see the passengers looking out the windows