Monday, October 10, 2011

'Wheatly' Clock Tower

The clock tower that sat opposite the front door to 'Wheatly', the E.D. Morgan III estate designed by McKim, Mead & White between 1890-1900 in Old Westbury. Click HERE for more on 'Wheatly'. Photo from the Elizabeth Morgan Jay Etnier Hollins archives.

10 comments:

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

Lovely. The landscaping is SOO crisp! Freshly cut and not a blade of grass out of place.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Ever amazed by the dream vistas McK/M/W created for this place. Morgan must have been an interesting client.

The Ancient said...

Crass cynic that I am, I wonder what the per hour cost to Morgan was of his time at Wheatly.

(Over at Dilettante's, Toby Worthington asks why no one builds such grand places anymore. Part of the answer has to be that even the very rich are now more inclined to view their houses as semi-liquid assets. Overbuilding, as Morgan plainly did, and as a couple of my neighbors have done, means you can never get that money back. So it's consumption. If you're Martha Stewart, maybe that makes sense -- Skylands is a part of her business model. I'm less sure about Ira Rennert, who seems possessed by the ghost of Herod at Caesarea, and poor Patricia Kluge -- as she now is -- provides a cautionary tale for the ages.)

sec word: gyreaden: What the pole dancer did.

Doug Floor Plan said...

I am amazed at how much is going on in just this one photograph of a relatively small area:
1) The clock tower that looks like a sphere set in an oblisk.
2)The round clock & round pool with a round fountain.
3) All those shrubs clipped into perfect balls, casting perfectly round shadows along the walk.
This must have been a place where after you've looked at something you should look again ... because there's more.

Anonymous said...

Is it safe to assume that this once stood on or near Clock Tower Road? Or am I way off once again?

Zach said...

No you're correct. Clock Tower Road dead ends at the entrance court to what was Wheatly, hence the name.

Anonymous said...

Off subject...any info on "Sunnyside" on Bayville Road, Lattingtown?

Laura from RI said...

Off subject....Ethan Allen TV commercial...Old Westbury Gardens...correct me if I'm mistaken, but it sure looks like it from a distance.

Zach said...

Regarding Sunnyside...what info are you looking for? I don't have any pictures which is why you don't find it on here.

chapeti2 said...

Does anyone know what happened to the clock tower? I have an old clock face that came from Long Island some years ago. This photo has the closest resemblance I have come across.