Thursday, March 18, 2010
'Munnysunk', the estate of Frank Bailey, a 19th century farmhouse enlarged by Severance & Schumm c. 1912 in Lattingtown. Bailey was the president of the Title Guarantee & Trust Company and the treasurer of Union College (a position he held for 51 years). His obituary calls him the 'Builder of Brooklyn' and he is credited with the development of Brownsville, Bensonhurst, Borough Park and Long Beach. In 1932 Bailey presented the city with a bronze fountain (known as the Bailey Fountain) which sits in Grand Army Plaza and was designed by Eugene Francis Savage. He was also the chairman of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens and was a serious horticulturist. Bailey was also a founder of the Museum of the City of New York. He passed away in 1953 at the age of 88. Today the house is owned by Nassau County and is open to the public as the Bailey Arboretum. Click HERE to see what 'Munnysunk' looks like today and HERE to see where it stands on google earth.