Friday, March 4, 2011

'Claverack'

'Claverack', the Thomas H. Barber estate designed by Robert Henderson Robertson c. 1892 in Southampton. Click HERE to see the brochure from when 'Claverack' was for sale and click HERE for more on when the house was recently for sale through Sotheby's.



13 comments:

Mansions of the Gilded Age said...

This is one house that fortunately is very much the same as it was, even on a little less land than the original. Just recently sold, but was completely renovated a few years ago in keeping with the original details.

Doug Floor Plan said...

A beautiful house & grounds; & Mansions' book 'Houses of the Hamptons' includes the ground floor plan to this house.

From what I can tell the reduced acreage is mostly 10 acres that was planted in potatoes. Zach previously reported that Claverack sold last year at auction for $19 million, so I guess the loss of cropland was not a deal breaker.

The Ancient said...

There's someone out there who thinks Lenoir is worth $30 million more than this.

(They probably get to vote and own firearms, too. What a world.)

The Devoted Classicist said...

I love these 1890s Georgian/Colonial Revival shingled houses, such a great example of the style interpreted for Southampton.

lil' gay boy said...

The still largely intact Claverack on Bing ––– lovely.

Security word - rogersup: I'll leave this one to your own filthy minds...

Anonymous said...

Claverack's inspiration:

http://images.nypl.org/index.php?id=418441&t=w

Turner Pack Rats said...

i was going to say it looks like the farm bought the farm. the new owners will be buying their potatos and apples at the Safeway.
But what a handsome house. who, even and anti-neo-col wouldn't love those broken pediments over all the interior doors. now thats spelled m-o-n-e-y. but still they built a huge house that looks livable. wait- wheres my 110 foot lily pond. that cuts it - i don't want it.

security word def - "wansputh" - your complexion after picking 10 acres of potatos.

Anonymous said...

The seller of this house was the granddaughter of President Eisenhower.

Zach said...

DFP,

I believe 'Claverack' sold for something like $35 million last year.

The Ancient said...

That makes a lot more sense.

(Insofar as $35 million weekend houses make any sense at all.)

Mansions of the Gilded Age said...

While at the same time, there isnt enough money to restore " Lands End" at Sands Point. Newsday has a story today about it's demolition. I just posted a link on Mansions of the Gilded Age with a link to a video of it.

Doug Floor Plan said...

My apologies for my error. In Zach's October 15, 2010 post on Claverack (when it was for sale) someone asked about 'Woodside' in Muttontown & Zach responded 'Woodside' sold at auction for $19 million. That's what I get for trying to speed read.

Ancient, I agree with you about $35 million weekend houses. I also read the Wall Street Journal real estate section on-line & have noted how many times the seller's motivation is just the desire/need to downsize. What's that expression about one's eyes being bigger than their stomach?

The Ancient said...

DFP --

I think a lot of younger people just don't get how burdensome it can be, when you're old, to maintain large properties. There's the expense, of course, but even when that's not an issue, there's the time, trouble and sheer annoyance of being forced to deal with one damn thing after another. My mother used to say that once the children were out of the house, she intended to move into a hotel. And I know any number of people who sold townhouses on the UES and moved into co-ops in the Fifties and Sixties because they didn't want to worry about their roof, their plumbing, or burglars, which back then were more of a problem than they are today.

A great-aunt once spent two years living at the Hassler in Rome. I'd take that over two years at Claverack in a heartbeat.

Gary --

Looking at that video, I stand by my earlier estimate of what restoration would cost -- far more than the property could possibly be worth in that neighborhood.