Monday, January 19, 2009

The Pratt Oval

Above is all that is left of the 'Pratt Oval', the administration and service buildings to the massive tract of land owned by the Pratt family in Glen Cove.  The clock-tower can be seen below in the center of the picture.  Everything else (besides a piece of one other building) has since been demolished and a housing development has taken its place.  The large house visible to the right is 'Killenworth'.  Click HERE to see the clock-tower on google earth.


6 comments:

J. Shearron said...

Are there any books about the Pratt family or autobiographies by a Pratt family member covering their experiences on the Pratt family compound? It sees to me it would be a fascinating and unique story to tell.

Zach said...

The Glen Cove Public Library has a file on the Pratt family and I am in the process of trying to see if the Pratt Institute has the family archives, but I am not aware of any publications on the family itself.

Anonymous said...

At the top of the picture the road going past the left of the clock-tower building (Mary Chess) would continue on to New Woods Road. Crossing New Woods would take you into the Welwyn estate, where there were bluestone roads that traversed (roughly) the perimeters of Welwyn. How do I know? Because I was there in the 1950's and 1960's. This was a really cool place and Welwyn is cool to this day.

Joan Harrison said...

Zach,
I just authored the Arcadia book on Glen Cove and would love to sit down and talk with you if you have time. E mail me at joanh@earthlink.net
Love the site!
Best,
Joan Harrison

stillyriver@earthlink.net said...

I think I have to disagree with the location of New Woods Rd. I believe it is actually the road running across the bottom of picture at opposite end of oval from tower. Used to race go karts around oval in early 60's. Seem to remember cinder paving.

stillyriver said...

I'm wrong, New Woods is to north of tower. Got confused, we use to enter from south end of oval, not New Woods Rd.