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Beautiful garden; sad to think how close 'Bayberry Land' came to surviving ... & then didn't.Zach, hope you got some rest this weekend & are feeling much better today.
Bayberry Land and La Ronda, in New Jersey, are just 2 of the most recent, totally senseless and short-sighted demolitions of the past few years. Demolished only due to the foolishness or spite of their owners. Bayberry land could have been a suitable clubhouse and La Ronda had an offer to be preserved, but both ended up in landfills and salvage stores.Bayberry Lands beautiful iron staircase railings are for sale at Urban Archaeology. Tragic that it cant be seen in its original setting.http://www.urbanarchaeology.com/cutsheets/salvage/SamuelYellinStairRail_UA0069-SV.pdf
La Ronda was in Pennsylvania- in the same town as the Barnes Collection.
I could be mistaken (yeah, right), but I do believe that the stair railings at Bayberry Land are, despite Urban Archaeology's wish to the contrary, actually by the Edwin Jackson company, not by Yellin.
And yes, I do remember that I once myself commented in these pages that the stairs were by Samuel Yellin---but since then, in the course of some research, I found a contemporary illustration of the stairs, possibly in an Edwin Jackson advertisement in an early architectural magazine, if not then, credited in an article. I remember thinking at the time, 'well, damn, that's interesting information', and thought I'd bookmarked the picture in question, but when I tried to find it a few minutes ago, came up empty---and google books, in their endless quest for improvement, actually don't return as good search results in this way as they once did.
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