Dedicated to the preservation of Long Island's 'gold coast' estates and other things old.
All that oak panelling and velour doesn't strike a particularly seaside like note- in a house that was not much more than 100 yards from the crashing surf. I hope that you post photos of Jessie Donahue's revamp-a bit more up to date, but again more Fifth Avenue than "sur la mer".
The entry hall at ‘Lauderdale’ is better looking but the various rooms here are lighter & more attractive (my opinion). Two things in particular caught my attention in these photographs:• Dining room – instead of one large carpet under the table & chairs there are four smaller carpets that go around the outside edge of the table … was this common then?• Billiard room – the two photos show different light fixtures over the pool table & the furniture has been rearranged … I’m surprised ‘Architectural Record’ bothered to publish ‘before’ & ‘after’ pictures.But, as Mansions commented yesterday & Magnus today: in time the new owner, Mrs. Jessie Woolworth Donahue would tear out these interiors & install “over the top opulence” which neither impressed her neighbors nor really fit in a Southampton beach house. But I still wished the house had survived – it did have very good bones.
DFP:Turkish" rugs, scattered about a room were clearly a widely adopted decorating conceit through the1920's. it is astonishing how often you see them.
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