Sunday, May 16, 2010

The Palm Garden at 'Pembroke'

A Lord & Burnham Co. advertisement for the glass enclosed palm garden at 'Pembroke', the Joseph R. DeLamar estate designed by C.P.H. Gilbert c. 1916 in Glen Cove. Click HERE for more on 'Pembroke'.


Anonymous said...

What a fantasy, what a loss!

Willow Ware???

The Down East Dilettante said...

Just plain over-the-top, isn't it?

magnus said...

After Captain Delamar's death, Pembroke was purchased by Marcus Loew of theatre chain/MGM fame. His son, Arthur inherited the house and lived there until his death in the 1970's or early '80's. He was a family friend, and I worked at Pembroke as a gardener one summer when I was in college. By that time, the main house had been torn down: Arthur's third wife told me that he had moved out of the house during acrimonious divorce proceedings involving his second wife who was of the "show girl" variety: She refused to vacate, so he left and had the water and electricity turned off. Shortly thereafter, he had it boarded up. Arthur Loew built a very modest "developement" type ranch house for himself on the property. It was depressingly banal, save for some of the amazing things salvaged from the big house: all of the outdoor lights had Tiffany glass shades and there was an outdoor porch overlooking the Long Island Sound, its ceiling made entirely of Tiffany glass. The Chinese-esque pavillion in the center of the indoor swimming pool in the Lord and Burhham ad had been moved next to a small outdoor pool. It was made of iron and copper and although somewhat decayed,was still breathtaking. I often wonder what became of all of it.