Friday, December 10, 2010

'The Creeks'

The rear of 'The Creeks', the Albert Herter estate designed by Grosvenor Atterbury c. 1899 in East Hampton. Click HERE for more on 'The Creeks'. Picture from the Library of Congress.


HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

Weekend questions and thoughts.

First NO hperlinks until lil' gay boy returns. :)

Historic Aerials has updated its site - little faster, maybe better quality images, larger viewing area -

My question relates to H. Pleasants Pennington's house "Hedgegrow" and the connection with Dorothy Draper and the "well-planned grouping of chic weekend country lodges on modest parcels..." written about in the North Shore book -

Unfortunately you can't read the specific writeup on the house at the link above, however if you don't have this book you get a fine overview of it.
The only info I have is from this book. Does anyone have further insight into this planned community? Built in the late 1920's on the belief the era of huge estates and the expensive upkeep required was coming to a end. The development failed because of the stock market crash with only a few houses built. Hedgegrow being one of them -

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

All the links for Historic Aerials need to be reset because of the update - here and at wikimapia.

The North Shore link from above - "Easton" from yesterdays post page 300.

The Down East Dilettante said...

I remember distinctly years ago seeing a very old house beautiful or house and garden article about the Pleasants Pennington design---illustrated with renderings, including a wonderful one in color of the salon. I don't remember when, and no longer have access to those early issues, but that's the most I can contribute to the Pennington pot.

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

"early issues" DED?
I'm not a Draper expert to know her life story and how important this collaboration was to her. Being a failure could explain lack of stories. I did add a link to mynas for photos at wikimapia -

zorfnog said...

The French author and aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupéry once said, "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

The Down East Dilettante said...

I wish I could be more specific, HPHS, but it was YEARS ago that I saw the article, which really stuck with me, but I'd guess the issue was within a few years of 1930 plus or minus. I'd also guess that it was likelier House & Garden.