Wednesday, July 27, 2011


'Waldene', the Walter G. Oakman estate designed by Grosvenor Atterbury c. 1900 in Roslyn. Click HERE to see the brochure from when 'Waldene' was for sale. Picture from Trees for Long Island, 1908.


Doug Floor Plan said...

This is one of my favorite houses from Zach’s web-site. Grosvenor Atterbury seems to have gotten everything right here, especially the scale; I wish there were more surviving photographs (but if this house had survived I doubt it would have fared well in this location). & to me the interiors look nearly contemporary for today – not many circa 1900 houses you can say that about.

From the plat map in the sales brochure the estate appears to have been here: , atop a hill & close enough to the sea to enjoy its advantages in those days before refrigerated air. Almost everything from the estate appears to be gone, but in the bottom left (grey building with grey roof) & top right (red brick building with white roof) of this Bing view there could be two former outbuildings now converted to … something else: . Thanks Zach.

Kirk said...

Love this place. Wish it was still there. It looks as if the Dairymans cottage survived possibly. Look at with Bing using the map on the brouchure.

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

DFP - from the brochure sketch, structures labeled as carriage house and cottages stood/stand here at Pine and Short. The two structures were once joined. Check the MyNas property card. Has the outline that matches and is labeled as Guest House.

Right side -

Left side -

Dairy Barn and other outbuildings -

Which one specifically is the Dairyman's House?

Doug Floor Plan said...

Thanks for the links HPHS (I don't know how to use MyNas property cards). I agree it appears some of the outbuildings have survived (good). I wish I could tell what is where but it's beyond my skill to match them up from what I can see.

From what I can tell of the terrain it appears one couldn't even see most of the outbuildings from the main house -- nice effect if you don't have to walk it on a hot (or really cold) day.

Anonymous said...

As much as I love these old homes and am disgraced that many of them have been raized, I noticed in the "for sale" brochure that they stated the roof tiles were made of asbestos....I wonder how many of these great homes were filled with a very toxic substance.

The Ancient said...

I wonder how many of these great homes were filled with a very toxic substance.

Some of them, to be sure. But there was certainly less asbestos in these great houses in aggregate than there was (and still is) in tens of thousands of lesser dwellings. (Insulation, shingles, etc.)

In many parts of the country today, the asbestos disposal drill is pretty simple: Everyone vacates the site while a special crew comes in. The asbestos is removed. And then the asbestos is disposed of in some benighted county with few if any environmental laws. (In some states the drill is more environmentally-friendly. But not all.)