Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The E.E. Bartlett Residence

The E.E. Bartlett residence designed by William Lawrence Bottomley c. 1915 in Amagansett. Click HERE and HERE for more on the Bartlett residence. Click HERE to see the house on google earth and HERE on bing.

Photos from The American Architect, 1916.


The Ancient said...

If this were my house, the first thing I'd do is restore the 1916 landscaping plan.

P.S. It's Tradesmen's Day on Bing. (Much better than a house we looked at a few days ago, where there were three ambulances parked out front.)

The Ancient said...

Re William Lawrence Bottomley:


In 1915, Mr. Bottomley designed a house for Edward E. Bartlett Jr., a partner in Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Beane, which was the complete antithesis of Town Hall. The Amagansett residence, really a French chateau by the sea, presented a linear structure divided into asymmetrical wings of varying heights, all coated in a cream stucco finish over hollow tile.

Irregular blue slates connect the roofs and a system of collector heads and leader pipes were used decoratively to define the entrance. The interior details are both simple and exquisite with plaster medallion ceilings and an ingenious use of glazing in the living room. Mr. Bottomley cased mirrors that were identical in size to the windows so that the view out would be reflected throughout the room. One of the mirrored openings was actually disguised as a hidden door to the garden.

Meanwhile, the Canoe Place Inn seems to have survived:


The Ancient said...

More Bottomley:


(Now I want to see those pictures of his garden in Old Brookville. Anyone have that 1947 issue of House & Garden?)

The Down East Dilettante said...

Sigh. Ancient, Years ago, I owned a complete run of House & Garden from 1926 to 1952 I pored through them often as a kid at my grandmother's, and when a young man, moving around a lot, found it practical/necessary to sell them. I knew the day would come that someone would need one :-)

As to the Bartlett house: One would tend to disagree with the writer of the article who calls it 'really a French chateau'. One would rather say 'really a French Manoir', n'est-ce pas?

But whatever one calls it, call it lovely. Does Jann Wenner still own it or has the stone rolled on?

The Down East Dilettante said...

PS, Ancient so right---the garden is pretty great

The Devoted Classicist said...

I have been in only a few homes designed by Bottomley, but all had remarkable concealed doors.