Wednesday, June 16, 2010


'Woodside', the James Abercrombie Burden estate designed by Delano & Aldrich c. 1916 in Muttontown. Burden was president of Burden Iron Works. The house won the Medal of Honor at the 1920 Architectural League Exhibition in New York. Click HERE to see the brochure from when 'Woodside' was for sale and HERE for additional pictures. Click HERE to see where 'Woodside' stands on google earth. The estate was recently sold at auction for $19 million with plans for a subdivision which have been put on hold.

Pictures from American Architect & Architecture.


Turner Pack Rats said...

maybe i missed something but i have to assume that the 19 mill included the golf course (?) cause they ain't putting no subdivision in the footprint of the house. i'm also assuming that means they're demolishing the house. wouldn't that be a surprise.

security word def - "iciande" - well, who doesn't know what this one means eg laurelton hall

The Down East Dilettante said...

As beautiful as I find this house, the one detail that always drives me mad is the window over the front door, with that split for bathroom partitions in the middle.

They wouldn't allow one of the most famous houses of its day be torn down, would they?


Zach said...

Yes the $19 million included the 110 acres and house. I do not believe the intention is to tear down the main house, that wouldn't make much sense...but I suppose that remains to be seen. In cases like these the main house usually becomes a club house for the development. Plus I have been told by numerous people that the main house is in very good condition.

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

Another new book -

Anonymous said...

if you travel down Muttontown Rd. and try to imagine what it looked like back in the day, it must have been so impressive.You can still get a feel of it today.cant imagine that property developed.The out buildings are so wonderful, those will go for sure.

The Ancient said...


I know what you mean about that window -- really, I promise, I do -- but there's this big part of me that thinks that many American architects are poisoned by what I think of as the Palladian Disease.

This isn't the place to hash this out, but in a nutshell: It's a preference for external symmetry over internal functionality. Monticello -- beautiful from the outside, nearly dysfunctional inside -- being the original virus.

Anonymous said...

Hoping everyone who loves this beautiful property is overjoyed to learn that it is not being torn down, nor split into parcels and developed! The intention is to bring the buildings back to their former splendor and bring the golf course to its pristine elegance!