Thursday, December 17, 2009

When 'Villa La Colline' Was For Sale

A brochure advertising 'Villa La Colline', the Mrs. Henry C. Lytton estate in Roslyn. According to a NYTimes article from 1940, the house cost $200,000 to build and sold in 1929 for $500,000. This brochure must date from the late 1930s as in 1940 the estate was purchased by a real estate syndicate with plans to build a development while using the main house as a club house. That seems to not have materialized as the main house appears to have been demolished. Click HERE to see where 'Villa La Colline' stood on google earth.

Brochure courtesy of SPLIA.


Anonymous said...

Yet another grand Roslyn estate with lovely gardens and elegant 1920s/30s interiors, now only a memory. I guess it was inevitable that suburban development would overtake so many of these large estates, given their proximity to Manhattan. As the brochure says, this section of the Wheatley Hills in North Hempstead was an especially choice area for Gold Coast estates with its rolling hills, trees, lakes and views of Hempstead Harbor. Anyway, as usual, your blog provides a wonderful 'virtual tour.'
-- CDR from San Marino (formerly of NYC)

Anonymous said...

I like this house. Wonder what it would cost to build a copy of it.