Wednesday, May 9, 2012


 'Applegarth', the Charles W. Wetmore estate designed by Renwick, Aspinwall & Owen c. 1892 on Centre Island.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Applegarth' and HERE to see the brochure from when the estate was for sale.

Renderings from Architecture, 1902.


magnus said...

I'm not so sure that "Old English" with those tiny leaded windows is the style that would have "jumped off the page" at me in that magnificent location with its breathtaking views.

Doug Floor Plan said...

I agree, Magnus; I also wonder why there was only a standard-size wooden door between the entry hall & dining room – it restricts what could have been an excellent view when entering the house & made that dark-paneled hall even darker.

Looking at the interior photographs I know curtains were standard issue to separate rooms like between the living room & library & dining room & library … but I would have put in pocket doors with the library side painted to look like more bookshelves (& put the standard-size wooden door between the library & dining room & opened up the entry hall). Oh well, too late now … it was an enviable property with that location.

The Down East Dilettante said...

I'm ensconced for the day at the Rockefeller Archive Center in Pocantico Hills. It's the big Georgian House designed in 1963 by Mott Schmidt as a dower house for the second Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Jr. It's a big--very big---stone Georgian, with mostly the usual sort of 'correct' neo Georgian rooms. The reason I'm mentioning all this is that it contains a dark English room, all black oak and linenfold paneling, which even the five large windows in the room cannot make bright...dark, sepulchral

The Ancient said...

Off-topic for DougFloorPlan --

Next time you're trying to sort out a floorplan, bear this in mind (from this morning's NYT):

Decorators certainly see a lot — they can’t help it. “Decorators know where the safe is hidden,” said Celerie Kemble, a Harvard-educated designer who grew up in the business (her mother is Mimi McMakin, the Palm Beach decorator) and whose own New York City firm is more than 15 years old. “They know when someone is building a room under their house that might not show up in plans filed with the Department of Buildings. Or the hidden sex room. Think about ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.’ Someone had to design that room. And how many of those ‘wine cellars’ are really wine cellars?” People often choose their decorators for their discretion, she added.

Doug Floor Plan said...

Ancient, that article is indeed insightful & definitely not the first thing that comes to [my] mind when comments are being made about decorators on Zach’s OLI blog; but now you’ve put that tune in my head & I doubt I’ll ever be able shake it out (just a warning for future comments).

I’m also not quite sure why you aimed your comment directly at me – the only two positions I know are “missionary” & everything that isn’t missionary.