Saturday, July 25, 2009

Levitt's 'American Home' at Strathmore at Manhasset

The 'American Home', built by Levitt & Sons at their Strathmore at Manhasset development in Manhasset. Opened in 1934, the Strathmore was the Levitt's second residential development on Long Island (the first being Strathmore at Rockville Centre). The development was built on the former Horatio Gates Onderdonk estate and consisted of a variety of home styles. This particular home, which was given the name of the 'American Home', includes a dance floor on the lower level with lighting "in the nightclub fashion" along with one wall that is an aquarium. Below is the NY Times article published on the completion of the house in 1935.


An Aesthete's Lament said...

I wonder how many of those features still exist in the house today?

Zach L. said...

That's a good question. I've been tempted to knock on this house's front door and present them with the Times article. Levitt & Sons also included 'Colonial Taverns' in their Colonials. They built so many houses between all four of their Manhasset 'Strathmores' that I have to think some of this kind of stuff is still intact.