Tuesday, March 13, 2012

'Matinecock Point' Aerial

A 1934 aerial of 'Matinecock Point', the J.P. Morgan Jr. estate designed by Christopher Grant LaFarge c. 1913 on East Island in Glen Cove. Click HERE for more on 'Matinecock Point'.

10 comments:

Doug Floor Plan said...

Here is roughly that same angle today on Bing: http://binged.it/y4x25Y

Where once few lived in splendor now many live in comfort -- there, that's about as philosophical as I can get with only one cup of coffee in me.

The Down East Dilettante said...

How beautiful it all once was---and how much more beautiful it must have been before the Morgans---just wild scrub and field and beaches.

Amazing and sad how the developer just ploughed it all under and imposed a grid on the site. On the other hand, it was not an era in which people were building 'luxury estates', so probsbly it at least spare the land the excess architecture and landscaping...

Anonymous said...

The estate planner was eco-friendly long before his time. What the Morgans had left in its natural state; sand dunes, scrub and sea grasses both east of the service buildings and west of the boathouse/tennis court, is now entirely paved over with roads and houses. A beautiful aerial view of a beautiful estate.

The Ancient said...

I look at that long, straight drive and I'm not thinking "eco-friendly" at all. I'm wondering how fast the car will go before I have to slow it down again.

Had I been Jack Morgan, not very fast:

http://www.wallpapers-free.co.uk/background/transport/cars/1926-Rolls-Royce-Phantom-I-Limousine-with-Body-by-Brewster-Black-fsvr-H-Ford-Museum-N/

(A 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I with a Brewster body and a 108-hp 468-cubic-inch six-cylinder engine. Pretty pokey. His father would have insisted on something zippier.)

HalfPuddingHalfSauce said...

Blogger still emails followup on past posts - new comment
http://www.oldlongisland.com/2011/09/matinecock-point-aerial.html

Unfortunately under the new changes at Blogger that feature has been eliminated.

Doug Floor Plan said...

Ancient, what do you mean "slow it down again"? With an arrangement like 'Matinecock' you can hold the gas pedal to the floor as you're making the curve & then, just as you enter the courtyard hit the brakes & turn slightly to the left, sliding sideways across the pea gravel (great sound effect)right up to the first step; then you look over at your passenger & say, "There you go, Nana, safely home."

Mansions of the Gilded Age, Gary Lawrance, AIA said...

Just love this photo!

Long Island Photography said...

This looks like a great place to check out. Is it open to the public currently?

Zach said...

Only in memory. It was demolished over 30 years ago.

The Ancient said...

http://www.glencoveheritage.com/morganshooting.pdf

(The Day Morgan Was Shot)