Friday, January 8, 2010

'Meudon'

'Meudon', the estate of William Dameron Guthrie designed by C.P.H. Gilbert c. 1900 in Lattingtown. Guthrie, a very prominent New York lawyer, became a member of the bar in 1880 and ran a general practice for close to fifty years. He was involved in numerous important cases around the turn of the 20th century. He was mayor of Lattingtown at the time of his death in 1935. The property was later subdivided and the house eventually demolished. Click HERE to see more 'Meudon' in B&W. Click HERE to see the ruins of 'Meudon'.



Pictures from Architectural Record, 1902.

14 comments:

La Petite Gallery said...

Dear Zach, HELLO???

I am going to do a post on The Gibson Girl. Do you know where Sandford White lived 1n the twentys? He was an architect
and Murdered by Harry Thaw
a coal barron, put in the nut house on long island, is there an old sanitarium there? Yvonne
the old lady in Maine.

Zach said...

Yvonne,

Stanford White was killed in 1906 so the only place he was living in the '20s was the cemetery.

Thaw was incarcerated in upstate NY (Fishkill).

White did have a home in St. James on Long Island.

magnus said...

I was told by a fairly reliable source that Mrs. Guthrie sold the property to a developer in the 1940's, retaining the right to live there for the remainder of her life. As she was in her mid 80's at the time, it clearly struck the developer as a reasonable request. She lived to be over 100, still at Meudon, with the house crumbling around her. William Guthrie was also a devout Catholic, but embraced Episcopalianism when he married Mrs. Guthrie, a divorcee with a husband still living. he was instrumental in the building of St. John's of Lattingtown Church, next to Meudon, and Mrs. Guthrie donated the large stained glass window at the altar. When her first husband died, however, and the Roman Catholic church agreed to bless their marriage, Mr. Guthrie abandoned the Episcopal church and resumed Catholisism. On another separate note, I gather that Guthrie was badly hurt by the depression: shortly after his death, the NYTimes reported that his New York townhouse on lower Park Avenue had been foreclosed on, and old timers remember that the estate fell into a woeful state of disrepair.

An Aesthete's Lament said...

Makes one wish striped awnings would come back into style. They give the house the look of a musical comedy. And I mean that in the best way.

Anonymous said...

My heart hangs a bit heavy when I read that these lovely houses were demolished, especially when one sees the larger houses built in the last twenty or thirty years, which are ghastly.
As always, AesthetesLament has a great point, and this time it's striped awnings! Indoors as well, striped canvas garden rooms anyone?
Happy New Year! - robert

James said...

hey zach,do you have the pic i sent you of the garden,with the stone face/head on the wall? would make a nice addition to the "what remains" group..Jim

Zach said...

I do, I'll make it a post this week. Thanks for reminding me.

La Petite Gallery said...

Zack,
Thank you so much. I have been reading so much about all that went on. He was shot 1909.
Yvonne
I love your Blog.
Thank you again.

Zach said...

You're welcome, but I would recheck whatever you're reading because he was most definitely shot in 1906, not 1909.

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?_r=1&res=9D0DE7DA1E3EE733A25755C2A9609C946797D6CF

Anonymous said...

was meudon expanded? it must have been because it is much larger in every other picture i have seen of it including the ones on your sit, it has an entirely new addition to the west wing. do u have any info on the expansion? thank you

magnus said...

Zach:

Anonymous is right: Sometime between these photos and the 1920's, large extensions were added on to each side of the house- making an already large house almost jaw droppingly enormous- and there were only three members of the Guthrie family- Mr. and Mrs. and her daughter, Ella Fuller Maullin whom Guthrie adopted. It's odd to think that not more than 15 years after this huge alteration, the house had already begun to decay. Do you know anything about these additions and the architect involved?

graham said...

anonymous again, no but i would imagine it was gilbert, customers who live in his works had a history of sticking with him for all their architectural needs. also this is a potentially annoying question but do u think with the extensions (remembering that meudon was 3 stories even know in most of these pictures the third story is not very noticeable) meudon was the biggest gold coast mansion other than oheka?

Anonymous said...

no, harbor hill would have been bigger as well, but don't be ashamed to ask questions :)

Paul Rum said...

Was there another mansion or perhaps one of the original buildings that looked like a mansion on the Meudon estate that was used as a private school in the late 70's? I went there when I was around 10, and cannot find any history of that whatsoever. I am sure it was on those grounds next to the golf course and Dosoris pond. I even remember the parallel driveway to the house on the right along Longmeadow Lane. But old aerials of the site look different than what I remember, and the main mansion looks too big and slightly different. Also, I read somewhere that it was demolished in the late 50's. However... I am 100% sure it was that estate! Some of the outbuildings on the property between the house and the water were used as classrooms. Any info on this would be greatly appreciated.