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Ah, Coe Hall, one of my all-time favorites. Zach, are you ever going to publish a floor plan?
If I had one in my possession I would post it. Haven't come across one yet though.
Doug, floor plans in this 30 page article in Architectural Digest---you're gonna need to zoom
Oh, helps if I remember to paste in the link: http://books.google.com/books?id=uolMAAAAYAAJ&dq=coe%20walker%20and%20gillette&pg=PA195#v=onepage&q=coe%20walker%20and%20gillette&f=false
How on earth did I miss that one? Thanks as always DED.
Perhaps Marianne Howard, the Collections Manager, could be persuaded to post the plans on the foundation's website.Architectural Study TeamBox #1Source Book: Volume I, 10/4/78 ContentsFolder #1 Pages 1-14:Forward by Charles PetersonSection I:“Portrait of William Robertson Coe”Photo, “Portrait of William Robertson Coe”“An Appreciation: William Robertson Coe (1869-1955)” by Charles Peterson“Who’s Who in America, 1954-55”“New York Social Register, 1955”New York Times, 3/16/55, WRC ObituaryThe Cody Enterprise, 10/1/66, Part of HHRC death notice.“Coe Family” Immediate family tree, contributed by Paul Brenner, Esq.Section II:“Estate Buildings and Mansion Rooms Renumbered”A. Buildings on Estate“List of Buildings on Planting Fields Estate”Map: “Planting Fields Estate: The Buildings Numbered, Mapexcerpted from New York Department of Public Works,Drawing 57/101, Dated 3/29/57, Revised 5/3/62, 9/78T.R.H.B. “Rooms in Mansion”Floor plan: “The W. R. Coe Residence: First Floor RoomsNumbered” 9/78 T.R.H.Floor plan: “The W. R. Coe Residence: Second Floor RoomsNumbered” 9/78 T.R.H.
Thanks DED, I did indeed zoom ... & sent what I was able to capture to Zach for him to either use or not (it's a little blurry because I enlarged it so much). The second story floor plan seems off because it shows bedrooms where there is open space in the two-story high gallery.
Doug, the plans are correct; if you've ever taken the house tour, you'd be able to see that those bedrooms are off a gallery one has to step up to; it runs along the main hall on that floor.As this was close to my apartment, I remained a regular member and considered it my back yard during most of the year ––– as well as during the holidays.
I remember reading that during the Depression, the Coes were so rattled by a burglar who broke into one of the master bedrooms that they moved to the nursery rooms- as if the burglary was not an isolated incident but an omen of things to come. One reads a great deal about conditions during the Depression, but this more than almost anything speaks to the fear that many of the very rich felt at the time- that they were a class under siege, not only from "That Man in the White House" who was taxing them to what they felt was oblivion, but from the vast, unwashed masses.
magnus --My older relatives always pointed to the Lindbergh kidnapping as the reason for the sudden rush to bars on the nursery windows and a broader ramp-up in security.(And "That Dreadful Man in The White House" did tax many of them to oblivion, or close enough.)
Well...now that "That Dreadful Man in The White House" is taxing all of us into oblivion...it's not a fate of only the rich anymore....soon there will be no middle-class left....
Anon 7:07 --One of my older relations suffered from polio, as did FDR, who knew the boy's father well. When he surmounted his affliction sufficiently to win a scholastic sports event, Roosevelt sent his father a telegram: "This country needs more [Name]." His father, who had known FDR since college, and who was completely devoid of any sense of humor, telegraphed back, "Franklin, if there were more [Name], you wouldn't be where you are today."I have copies of both telegrams in the downstairs guest bathroom in the country. They occasionally provoke riots.
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