Tuesday, January 5, 2010

'Woodbury House'

'Woodbury House', the estate of James Watson Webb Sr. designed by Cross & Cross c. 1915 in Woodbury. Webb was the chairman of the board of the insurance brokerage firm 'Webb & Lynch' and a well known international polo player. Along with his wife, Electra Havemeyer Webb, the two co-founded the Shelburne Museum. In 1934 Webb was named chairman of the United States Polo Association for "America's all-time, all-star polo team", which included Monty Waterbury, Thomas Hitchcock Jr. (of 'Broad Hollow Farm') and Devereux Milburn (of 'Sunridge Hall'). Webb was living at 740 Park Avenue when he died in 1960. Click HERE to see 'Woodbury House' on google earth.

Click below to see 'Woodbury House' intact with the surrounding area undeveloped in a 1953 aerial shot. Pictures from Architectural Record, 1919.


Anonymous said...

am i to assume that the answer to the question: what the hell is this doing downtown is - EXPRESSWAY!?

Anonymous said...

I know i shouldn't be astounded but the change in 50 years is almost unbelievable. up here in the sticks, the number of houses on my 6 mile long road has increased by a factor of 5 in 50 years and the number of farms has decreased from 16 to 2.

La Petite Gallery said...

I love the room with the stag
mount. It makes me think of the
Biltmore house.