Dedicated to the preservation of Long Island's 'gold coast' estates and other things old.
Monday, August 2, 2010
'The Orchard', the James Lawrence Breese estate designed by McKim, Mead & White between 1898-1907 in Southampton. Breese was a member of the brokerage firm of Breese & Smith and was well known in Southampton as one who constructed and operated race cars which he entered in various races held out East. His obituary also credits him with introducing "the hobby of amateur color photography" which he practiced at his studio on West 16th Street in Manhattan. The core of 'The Orchards' was an 18th century farm house that was moved to the site. He was friends with both Stanford White and Charles McKim and had a hand in the design of his house. According to SPLIA, McKim handled the exteriors while White was responsible for the interiors, including the remodeling of the music room. Two other office assistants lent a hand as well, Frederick J. Adams and Harrie Lindeberg. Breese died in the home on Christmas of 1934 at the age of 80. The estate was later owned by Charles Merrill and has since been converted into condominiums. Click HERE to see 'The Orchard' on google earth and HERE on bing.