Sunday, June 13, 2010

'Broad Hollow House' Cupola

The cupola at the top of the stable at 'Broad Hollow House', the F. Ambrose Clark estate designed by Rogers & Zogbaum c. 1912 in Old Westbury. Click HERE for more on 'Broad Hollow House'.


Karena said...

Zach, how amazing! The cupola is so wonderful and that weathervane.

Art by Karena

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

University owned, university maintained? Are the stables/grounds safe/protected from development? Who owns Longfields and is that protected?

Zach said...

I believe it is owned by the university and leased to people who stable polo ponies there. Even though it looks like it is falling apart every stall is occupied by a horse.

I don't imagine SUNY OW is trying to sell part of their campus, but I obviously don't know their financial situation.

The university also owns the property that comprises Longfields, Clark had bought that estate when it was for sale and tore the house down. When BHH became SUNY OW so did that land. For a while it was used as a dumping ground by the school.

The Down East Dilettante said...

oh my, that cupola needs immediate attention, or it will be past saving....what the bloody F is wrong with people?

Turner Pack Rats said...

was this occupied at the time of the fire or another abandonment fire caused by vandals?
looks like a grand and together place altho the B&W photos must have been taken shortly after completion as landscaping appears to be nonexistent. kind of chilly looking if this was its final state. are there any interiors?
ah - academia, always ahead of the curve. i bet they were polluting before corporations even thought of it.
i thought the weathervane was an artistic statement. it looks like a guy sitting on the cupola holding a stick with the vane on top of it (spelcheck doesn't know the word weathervane btw or the word spelcheck or btw btw)

security word def - "estfu" - oriental food eaten on the all to infrequent breaks of a popular 70's seminar (you were too young zach)

Turner Pack Rats said...

ps -places like this and Longfields really drive home the case for historic preservation. Longfields was such a combination of all the things that made these estates great. just an incredibly synergistic well designed whole. sure, i know that a lot of the money was ill gotten gain crushing the masses etc. etc. but still to sweep them away thoughtlessly - its just too much.

security word def - "hypelee" - rumors surrounding the flower of the confederacy (i thought these words were generated randomly but zach and DED have the best ones)

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

Mansion burned during renovations to turn house into university use c. 1968. Link below has a overhead of place burning.

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

GL - great newly discovered{for me} site!

Gary Lawrance, AIA said...

Thank you HPHS, just put up some Fifth Avenue Mansion pictures.

Glimmerglass said...

Ambrose's Italianate manor house in Cooperstown, NY was razed by the family in the early 1980's after the passing of his second wife in 1981.

Aside from the manor, all of the structures that still remain from that estate (Iroquois Farm) such as the greenhouses and stables are in excellent condition as they're still owned by the Clark family today.

I was under the impression that some fund raising efforts had been done in the last decade to restore the stables there at Broad Hollow.

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

GL - Did I get this one right?

Gary Lawrance, AIA said...

Yes, that is the site of the William Henry Vanderbilt house and later Grace Vanderbilt, the truly last great "Queen" of New York Society.
George Vanderbilt lived there for a while and Henry Frick also, while building his great house, later to become the Frick Collection. The other site to the north were houses for William Henry's daughters. These houses were the famous Vanderbilt twins. 666, is the site of the famous Alva Vanderbilt chateau, designed by Richard Morris Hunt.