Thursday, August 18, 2011


'Erchless', the Howard Phipps estate designed by Adams & Prentice c. 1935 in Old Westbury. Click HERE for more on 'Erchless'.


Doug Floor Plan said...

If only 20 or 30 of our favorite Long Island estates could have survived as beautifully as this one has … I’d be a trespasser on every single one.

The Devoted Classicist said...

It is a real beauty. I find the grass, instead of paved, terrace interesting. The brick and stone detailing is very well done. I especially like the sundial plaque over the garden door. It contributes to my feelings of an underlying French influence despite the English/American features. With a 1935 construction date, it would be interesting to know if there is a French paneled room or two inside.

Kellsboro Jack said...

Zach, you never fail in putting up a good picture of this estate. Wonderful.

As an aside - this date in history: Walter Percy Chrysler died (Aug 18th) in 1940 at his estate in Great Neck, New York, after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 65 years old.

The sprawling Virginia estate of his son (W.P. Jr) in fox hunt country recently returned to the market for $22.95M ; despite this being 2011 that property remains a reflection of what the North Shore once was in its heyday.

Charles said...

Thanks for the link to the Chrysler Jr. house for sale in Virginia. Wow! It is gorgeous! Why would anyone ever need to leave? Compared to L.I., the taxes are very reasonable, too.

Kellsboro Jack said...

Charles, North Wales (in Warrenton VA) has always been of interest to me. A rather sorted if not fascinating number of stories behind the estate's use and owners. WPC Jr. sold the estate (after pouring in a massive fortune into it upon buying in 1941) in 1957 after Virginia would not pass pari-mutual wagering for racing.

The current owner, a developer from Dallas, dabbled in horse breeding and racing but considering how sensational the stable complex is that was small time. Frankly that property's designed for a Sheik Mo level of horse racing and entertaining.

It last sold (1996) for around $9M with over 3,000 acres - so about 1/2 of the land's since been developed and sold off - the owner stands to recoup a tidy profit even after the funds invested into restoring it.

I don't believe that Jr. ever took control of his father's "Forker House" (King's Point, Great Neck) as it was already bought by the Government a couple years prior to his father's death.

Did Walter P. Chrysler Jr have a property on the North Shore?

Anonymous said...

I love this home, but it still bothers me that the concrete balustrade atop & along the symmetrical curved steps leading down to the pool has been replaced by much lighter looking wrought iron, and that the small fountain & pool that were inside the symmetrical curved steps have been removed … the biggest loss being of the carved face mounted in the wall.