Friday, December 11, 2009

'Nonesuch House'

'Nonesuch House', the Cortland D. Barnes estate designed by Peabody, Wilson & Brown c. 1918 in Manhasset. Barnes' family was involved in publishing, running A.S. Barnes & Co.. This house is definitely far removed from PWB's Long Island Farmhouse style commissions but not far fetched for the firm. The interior wood was salvaged from local barns. The house has since been demolished.

Pictures from Architectural Record, 1921.


An Aesthete's Lament said...

How could anyone demolish anything so lovely-charming-sweet-storybook? Insane! Cortland Dixon Barnes (died 1952) married, in 1907, Katherine Lansing Barney, a daughter of banker Charles Tracy Barney, president of the Knickerbocker Trust Company. The wedding occurred not long before Mr Barney "lost control of the Knickerbocker Trust Company, which was shut down to his disgrace," according to a 2009 article in The New York Times. As a result of the scandal, one of the signal events of the Panic of 1907, Mr Barnes shot himself, in a successful suicide, on 14 November 1907.

La Petite Gallery said...

Well, I thought it had a connection to Nonesuch Mincemeat. HOHOHO

LOL (living on lipitor)
It really is a gorgeouse house to tear down.

Anonymous said...

Where in Manhasset was the house located? I have done a little research and feel like it may have been off the current Community Drive...?

Marcos said...

Is the house shown on this map it with some subsequent additions?

Anonymous said...

Nonesuch House was a beautiful 40 room mansion at 300 Valley Rd. in Manhasset, NY. My father was the gardner and maintenance man for Katherine Barnes. When she passed away in, I believe 1957, John Hay Whitney annexed her property onto to the Greentree estate. Nonesuch House was torn down piece by piece with much of the stone, wood and copper reused elsewhere. What was left was burned and then buried. I still have photos of the house and the grounds from the 50's and 60's. The family allowed us to have many of the furnishings and knick knacks they no longer wanted.