Wednesday, December 23, 2009

When 'Ballyshear' Was For Sale

A brochure advertising 'Ballyshear', the Charles Blair Macdonald estate designed by F. Burrall Hoffman Jr. c. 1913 in Southampton. Landscaping was done by Rose Standish Nichols and Annette Hoyt Flanders. Macdonald was very prominent in early 20th century golf, he was a course designer who designed the first 18 hole course in the U.S., helped found the USGA and won the first U.S. Amateur championship in 1895. His work included the course at the Piping Rock Club. The house sat on 200 acres overlooking the Peconic Bay and the Shinnecock Hills including the National Golf Links (which he designed). Macdonald is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Click HERE to see 'Ballyshear' on google earth and HERE on bing.




Click below to see 'Ballyshear' in a 1954 aerial shot. Brochure courtesy of SPLIA. For more on 'Ballyshear' and other great Hamptons houses I highly recommend Houses of the Hamptons by Gary Lawrance and Anne Surchin.

6 comments:

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I do think Hoffman is worth a book, don't you? From Vizcaya to Ballyshear and beyond? It would be a small book filled with exquisite houses. Love this one, especially the brooding pediment. Handsome place.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

The December 1983 issue of House & Garden (US) featured the Hoffman's home. He had just died and his wife, the very stylish Dolly, lived there. I seem to recall she was the sort of gal who wore turbans.

Zach said...

Absolutely worth a book. It appears something was done in '93 (http://books.google.com/books?id=EJkZHAAACAAJ&dq=f.+burrall+hoffman&client=safari&cd=10) but who knows what's in it.

La Petite Gallery said...

That is very Gorgeous.
Ballyshear sounds Irish?

The Hamptons have some beautiful estates.

Anonymous said...

A beautiful house with lovely gardens. And how nice that so much of the surrounding property is still untouched.

Curious that the brochure says the "...residence is well-known as one of the finest examples of Stamford [sic] White's genius."

I also love the reference to the house as a year round residence. "The landscape changes of course, but because of the planting is is thoroughly attractive during the bleakest months." A classic comment!

-- CDR from San Marino (formerly of NYC)

Zach said...

Yea this isn't the first brochure I've seen that credits a house to Stanford White when he had nothing to do with it. It almost seemed like their philosophy was 'When in doubt, credit Stanford White'.