Friday, December 5, 2008

'Sunridge Hall' Front Gate

The front gate to 'Sunridge Hall', the Devereux Milburn Jr. estate in Old Westbury. Milburn was given 11 acres from the Mrs. Charles Steele estate, his grandmother, to build his own home designed by Harry Lindeberg in 1949. Notice the 'S' under the light fixture on the gate. Click HERE to see 'Sunridge Hall' on google earth.


Anonymous said...

Fourteen years ago I was in this home when it was being sold by the elderly Milburn Deveraux and his wife. I was told it was the last home designed by Harrie T. Lindeberg. At that point it had lovely interiors and was for the most part in very original state. It is definitely a house capable of being made very adaptable to today's more casual lifestyle without destroying all that made it special. This is primarily because the kitchen was flanked by two very large service rooms that could have easily been opened up to make a very modern kitchen housing informal dining and sitting areas. A beautiful library with carved and painted paneling filled with leather bound books. Fireplaces in all bedroom room with antique wooden federal fireplaces and all with private baths. A very nice flower room, bar and a basement playroom - not for kids. It just had all the amenities one could want.

There was one quirk, it did not have any garages. I was told that before the house was built the LIE did not cut it off from his parents' estate to the north and when they were in need of the car they simply call over and the chauffeur and car would be available.

Until about 2002 there was a bridge that crossed over the LIE onto Steele Hill Road from the north where his parents' estate.

From all appearances the current owner has refrained from dividing the 11 acres. When it was on the market one of the chief selling points flogged by the realtors was the potential for subdividing the property.

Anonymous said...

I just remembered there was an wall bounding one edge of the lawn which had steps going down to nowhere and I was told the property beyond had belong to a relative and it was their gardens it led to.

Looking at the 1909 and 1932 atlases which have property owners shown, I cannot figure out how the original 61 acre property could have extended north of the LIE.