Wednesday, August 5, 2009

When 'Knollwood' Was For Sale

A brochure advertising 'Knollwood' ('Westbrook Farm'), the Charles Hudson estate designed by Hiss & Weekes between 1906 and 1920 in Muttontown, with landscaping by Ferrucio Vitale. After passing through a succession of owners the house was purchased by Lansdell Christie who lived across the street at 'Muttontown Meadows' and was razed in the early 1960's. The ruins of the estate now make up the Muttontown Preserve and can be seen HERE.


Anonymous said...

I had never seen inside shots of Knollwood. Beautiful! It makes it that much more tragic that it was destroyed. Surprised to see holes punched in the literature???

Unknown said...

Wow thank you for posting the great pics of Knollwood. What a beautiful estate it was.I have been to the preserve many times over the years and had no idea of the history of this land. Th

jprhedd said...

In the 1960s, when I used to own and ride horses across the estates in Brookville and Muttontown, we were always told that these ruins were the result of an explosion on a local bootlegger's property. Wonderful to know the facts at last. We were also told his name was King Zag. Apparently there was a real King Zag but not a bootlegger.