Monday, February 27, 2012


'Barberrys', the Nelson Doubleday estate designed by Harrie Lindeberg c. 1916 in Mill Neck, with landscaping by the Olmsted Brothers. Doubleday, son of Frank N. Doubleday, was a publisher and head of Doubleday & Co. The estate and 13 acres is currently for sale for $14,000,000, click HERE to see the listing on Daniel Gale Sotheby's. Click HERE to see the brochure from when 'Barberrys' was for sale decades ago. Click HERE to see 'Barberrys' on google earth and HERE on bing.

MLS listing photos from Daniel Gale Sotheby's.


The Down East Dilettante said...

really lovely---HTL was a fine designer (and it looks the way it 'should'

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archibuff said...

Agreed one of the best preserved and maintained estate properties in Mill Neck and the sweeping view of Oyster Bay Harbor doesnt hurt either

Doug Floor Plan said...

That sweeping view may be what clinches the sale of this house -- let's hope it's to the right buyer. I don't suppose there's any restrictions on the property?

Kellsboro Jack said...

I didn't know this was on the market - thanks Zach. It's been one of the better preserved Lindeberg homes in terms of the setting, facade, approach drive and outbuildings. The Olmstead landscape with all the trimmings just looks divine. Right on the water, looks and history - how could anyone want anything else?

Out of interest - does HTL's work (1921) for Bertrand L. Taylor Jr. in Mill Neck also survive? It was never as grand appeared to be far less overwhelming in size.

Alas Lindeberg's design of "Penguin Hall" (Wenham, MA) for Mrs. R. Boyer Miller continues to inch towards significant housing development:

The Ancient said...

A ten million dollar house in what looks like mint condition with a four million dollar view. So a very fair price.

(I love the model stadium in the tv room -- will they throw that in as well?)

lil' gay boy said...

"Out of interest - does HTL's work (1921) for Bertrand L. Taylor Jr. in Mill Neck also survive?"

Tried to post this before, but Blogger strikes again! and changed the comments section (you now have to go through security just to preview, and the whole window has changed, too ––– thanks a lot, guys...)

BTW, the "captcha" security is a project designed to digitize medieval & obsolete words to they can be incorporated into computerized texts such as The Gutenberg Project, so I'll gladly suffer through it for now.

Anyway Jack, according to Long Island Houses & Their Architects, it was still extant as of publication, but listed as being on Chicken Valley Road in Locust Valley (many sources list HTL's own home in Locust Valley too, although LIH&TA and maps show it is actually in Matinecock.)

Best guess? It's somewhere in the woods south of Coffin Woods (part of the old Portledge and currently assessed @ 81!M) and east of Piping Rock...

As for Barberry, always one of my faves; the worst I could say about it is that I wish the view were westward, not eastward, even if it does overlook Centre Island; I'm a sunset kinda guy, and only face the dawn with screams of "It burns! It burns!"

The Down East Dilettante said...

Kellsboro Jack, Penguin Hall has already long been compromised---the miracle is more that it survives as well as it does currently:

However, if one looks at the proposal, it's even worse---the usual misplaced good intentions---the house swallowed up by 'contextual' wings. Why the F not just build away from, instead of around? stupid, stupid, stupid people(in case you wonder what my opinion is).

Kellsboro Jack said...

TDED - I had no idea those massive appendages had been added on by the Mullen Advertising agency. The property was once ballyhooed for being a model adaptive reuse example for being very sympathetic to the setting and original manor (see William Shopsin's 1994 book 'Preserving American Mansion & Estates') - but obviously things changed.

The pictures of the property (@ 36 Essex St) that have been readily available never hint at anything such as it's become:

(Off of Flickr a picture of one of the Mullen staffers with the manor behind him)

(Another of the Mullen staff during their last days before relocating into Boston)

LGB- thanks for correcting the mystery of the Lindeberg design house that isn't in actually in Mill Neck ;>