Wednesday, November 25, 2009

'Kiluna Farm'

'Kiluna Farm', the Ralph Pulitzer estate designed by Walker & Gillette c. 1910 in North Hills. Pulitzer was the son of Joseph Pulitzer and publisher of the New York World. The estate also consisted of a pool, bathhouse and garden with a lily pond and pergola designed by Charles Platt, and a tennis court by James O'Connor. Pulitzer sold the house in 1938 to William S. Paley, who owned the estate until 1980. In 1990 the house burned by arson and was demolished. Click HERE to see where 'Kiluna Farm' sat on google earth. Pictures from Architectural Record, 1914.

Click below to see 'Kiluna Farm' still intact in a 1966 aerial shot.


The Devoted Classicist said...

I have never been to Kiluna Farm, but have known it from photos. I never understood the part of the house seen prominently in the second image. Does anyone know if that was an earlier house on the property that had been redone when the c. 1910 house was built?

Anonymous said...

I was in high school and was a gardiner on the property for two summers. Paley used the greenhouse as a farm for a tax deduction. he also thought that having a salt water pool did away with chlorine.
There was a Renoir brass statue at the end of the pool holding a towel and an incredible indoor tennis court