Monday, July 14, 2008

'West Neck Farms' / 'Coindre Hall'

'West Neck Farms', built for George McKesson Brown c. 1912 by Clarence S. Luce in Lloyd Harbor. Brown owned the McKesson Chemical Company which was located in Connecticut. The estate is currently owned by Suffolk County. Click HERE to see where 'West Neck Farms' stands on google earth.




The very imposing rear of the house.

Above was the boathouse, which has seen far better days.

The view towards the harbor and the boathouse from the rear of the house.

4 comments:

Be the change..... said...

is it still occupied? The front has 2 urns with plantings in them but then the rear looks totally abandoned!

Zach said...

The interior is somewhat furnished, and it is supposed to have a 'Gold Coast' museum on the inside, though it was closed when I was there.

Ray Spinzia said...

If I may, I would like to clarify the history of the estate. The original name of the estate was West Neck Farm. In 1938, as a result of financial losses suffered during the Depression, Brown moved into the superintendent's cottage. In 1939 he sold the main house and 33 acres to the Roman Catholic teaching order, the Brothers of the Sacred Heart. The order established a boys' school at the estate and renamed it Coindre Hall. The house has been owned by Suffolk County since 1988 and houses the Cold Coast Museum of Long Island. The estate can be rented for parties and weddings.

The house is on the National Register for Historic Places.

I visited the museum some 20 years ago. Hopefully they have added more to their collection.

me! said...

For a brief time in the 80's I believe this was run as Eagle Hill School, where I attended a summer program in '86. I vaguely remember walking down to the water through lots of vegetation. We weren't allowed in the boathouse which still had its door at that time. Summer students weren't allowed up the big staircase where I was told boarders stayed. In front on that oval plot in the driveway was an ancient-looking gigantic tree, I don't know what kind. We had English class upstairs in one of the turrets, I recall sitting in the rounded window.