Dedicated to the preservation of Long Island's 'gold coast' estates and other things old.
Wonderful photos of a house that was clearly as ponderous and lugubrious within as without. Imagine sitting in that "Living Hall" on a late June day- with the temperature hovering in the mid 80's and the humidity not far behind.
with the tapestry smelling all damp and musty, and the velvet and plush upholsteries all hot and fuzzy?So magnificent, so superbly built, and so unrelated to the outdoors....even the gardens are enclosed...no terraces leading to the lawns, no outdoor sitting area...
Lugubrious indeed, Magnus! Imagine having to live among all that ostentatious clutter. It would be almost impossible to live up to it. If any home would be an incubator for depression, this is it.
and here's a decorative note for you- look at the end of the Living Hall, opposite the fireplace and organ pipes. It appears that a tapestry has been split down the center and hung over the door a la portieres. And just imagine that organ wheezing away in the heat (according to the wonderful Dowling College website, there were actually two organs- a manual model and a "player" model). One can never have too much organ music, I guess.
I've seen interiors of this house before, and everytime I see them again, there seems to be more and more... stuff. Not all critical here, folks. I think the main stair is pretty spectacular in craftsmanship. Also, I think the Library was the most successful room in the house. It is one of the smaller rooms, so it is a little more focused, but that's just me.PS. Lugubrious is an awesome word. High five for extending my vocabulary.
Mind you all there are about 7 or 8 more interiors to come tomorrow.
Keep 'em coming!
this 'building' is so Vanderbilt. Too much money too quickly
Same organ often had a player built into the console and also many had remote cabinets,desks,etc with a separate system to play the rolls also
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