Saturday, January 22, 2011

Putting a Face to an Estate 12

Paul D. Cravath and daughter Vera. Below, 'Veraton', the first of three houses he would build that would bear Vera's name. The original was designed by Babb, Cook & Willard c. 1905 in Lattingtown and burned to the ground in 1908. Click HERE for more on the first 'Veraton'. Click HERE for more on the second 'Veraton', built c. 1911.


Anonymous said...

I'm going to think of Belmont Park or Saratoga Springs, NY when this was taken.
Yes, furs were worn & displayed back on a hot summer day, but this cloudy photo could only mean one thing: Breakfast & tea @ Saratoga. Or, it could be at the fall meeting at Belmont Park which opened in 1905. I'm going to go with Saratoga because of the outer railings & look inward you will notice the white rails on a dirt surface.Saratoga is the oldest racetrack in America to conduct a meet during the American Civil War, however, Keeneland has the oldest stakes race ever run...the Alcibiades.

Laura from RI

Turner Pack Rats said...

looking at the site of the house on Bing, it appears he must have built on some piece of ground held sacred by the local Indian tribe as grass doesn't even seem to grow well there. i guess he pissed some ancient shaman off in good shape.
i like the II better than the I as that seems a direct copy of many LI piles but too bad in both cases for the loss of all that beautiful interior work. probably a moot point as it would have been demolished by now anyway.

security word def - "beers" - name of a much reviled sports team - de Beers - you might say - a diamond in the rough (it seems like even a spam computer could have come up with this word)

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

The stables survive next door to a Walker & Gillette designed clubhouse.