Monday, May 10, 2010

'Box Hill'

'Box Hill', the Stanford White estate designed by himself (with the help of McKim & Mead) between 1884-1906 in St. James. White had married Bessie Smith of Smithtown in 1884 and purchased a small house in neighboring St. James. White apparently later regretted not tearing the house down to begin with and starting fresh but would go on build numerous additions over twenty years. One of his plans called for the use of two-story tall Corinthian columns White had bought in Connecticut that he was going to float across the Sound but his wife rejected the idea. The columns were used as a driveway entrance instead. The house is extant and still owned by the White family. Click HERE to see 'Box Hill' on google earth and HERE on bing.










Click below to see 'Box Hill' in a 1954 aerial shot. Pictures from House & Garden, 1903.

7 comments:

magnus said...

Foe those of you interested in Stanford White or Box Hill, I highly recommend the book "Architect of Desire" by White's great-grandaughter, Sazannah Lessard who was raised on the property. Beautifully written and a great read.

Zach said...

And Stanford White, Architect by another great grandchild, Sam White:

http://www.amazon.com/Stanford-White-Architect-Samuel-G/dp/0847830799/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1273494125&sr=8-1

The Down East Dilettante said...

Loved the Lessard book, and photos are great in White's book

And the pictures here are just wonderful---architect's own homes are always the most interesting. Wonderful as it is that the property remains in the family, and relatively not broken up, condition is not great...

An Aesthete's Lament said...

I would love to see the interiors of this house, now and then. It has fascinated me for so very long.

Zach said...

Well hopefully that will become a possibility sooner than later.

Anonymous said...

In the Samuel White book "The Houses of McKim, Mead & White; Box Hill is given almost eleven pages with great color pictures of The Whites' splendid home and one B&W of the original farmhouse. You can see how 'weathered' it's become (as of 1998) but still a gem. The famous White 'Pebbledash' is still there after all these years. That's one tour I hope to catch someday.

Turner Pack Rats said...

what a rambler. as much as i like it, he may have been right about tearing it down and starting fresh. and re dilletantes comment about condition - it's too bad that the gardens on most of these houses go to pot. this garden and many others are a wreck. what a shame as the gardens are the thing that made the houses what they were. let one link go and the rest of the chain doesn't look as good anymore. use some of the millions you spent on the house to hire a gardener for pete's sake.

security word def - "apherstu" - soup made famous by sam gamgee's grandfather