Monday, March 2, 2009

'Fort Hill'

'Fort Hill House', originally an 1878 Queen Anne designed by the short lived firm of McKim, Mead & Bigelow for Anne Coleman Alden, was significantly altered in 1900 when William John Matheson had Boring and Tilton convert the house into a Tudor. Matheson was an industrialist and financier and was at one time the chairman of the board of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Upon his death in 1930 the house was inherited by his daughter and son in law, who hired Ellen Biddle Shipman and the Olmsted Brothers to design landscaping. Click HERE to see 'Fort Hill' on google earth.







Click below to see 'Fort Hill' in a 1953 aerial shot. Photos from the Library of Congress.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is my house!!!!!! its so cool to see all these pictures from before the restoration. ENJOY

Nancy said...

When the Olsens were caretakers, I got to stay there- in the early 70's and it was before the restoration as well. It was magic. The owner, "Mousie" Woods, in her 90s, was in a home. She'd gone to Paris in the 20s. The attic was full of Lo
uis Vuitton luggage- the REAL thing- first edition!