Friday, June 1, 2012


'Eastover', the Colgate Hoyt estate designed by Renwick, Aspinwall & Owen c. 1891 on Centre Island.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Eastover'.


The Ancient said...

From Prominent Families of New York:


IN the first and second American generations, the ancestors of Mr. Colgate Hoyt were Simon
Hoyte, who came to Massachusetts in 1628 and settled in Windsor, Conn., in 1639, and
his son, Walter Hoyt, 1618-1698, one of the first settlers of Norwalk. John Hoyt, who
stands at the head of that branch of the family to which Mr. Colgate Hoyt belongs, was a son of
Walter Hoyt and was born in Windsor in 1644. He was one of the original settlers of Danbury in
168s, and died in that place in 171 1. His wife was Mary Lindall. His son, John Hoyt, 1669-1746,
married Hannah Drake, daughter of John Drake, of Simsbury, Conn., and their son, Drake Hoyt,
of Danbury, 1717-1805, married Hannah Knapp. In the next generation came Noah Hoyt, 1741-
1810, who represented Danbury in the Legislature and was otherwise a leader in town affairs. He
was three times married; first to Abigail Curtis, then to Sarah Comstock and lastly to Ellen Purdy.
His son, David P. Hoyt, who was born in 1778 and died in 1828, removed from Danbury to Utica,
N. Y., and was a successful merchant in the hide and leather business. He was a member of the
New York Assembly in 1820. He married Mary Barnum, daughter of Gabriel Barnum, in 1802.

James Madison Hoyt, father of Mr. Colgate Hoyt, was the son of David P. Hoyt. He
was born in Utica in 181 5 and was graduated from Hamilton College in 1834. Studying law, he
removed to Cleveland, O., and engaged in practice there for nearly twenty years, after which he
became interested in the real estate business. For twenty-six years he was superintendent of the
Sunday School of the First Baptist Church in Cleveland, in 1854 was licensed to preach, for many
years was president of the Ohio Baptist State Convention and, 1866-70, was president of the
American Baptist Home Missionary Society. His eldest son was the distinguished Reverend Dr.
Wayland Hoyt, who was born in Cleveland in 1838, graduated from Brown University in i860 and
was for many years pastor of the Strong Place Church, in Brooklyn.

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The Ancient said...

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Mr. Colgate Hoyt was born in Cleveland, O., March 2d, 1849. He was educated in the
public schools of Cleveland and then was sent to the celebrated Phillips Academy in Andover,
Mass., to prepare for college. Ill health compelled him to forego his plans of study, and he
returned to Cleveland to enter upon a business career. He went into his father's law office and
finally into the real estate business, and in 1881 removed to New York, becoming a member of
the banking and bullion firm of J. B. Colgate & Co. In 1882, he was appointed by President
Arthur one of the Government directors of the Union Pacific Railroad Company, and during his
entire term of service was chairman of the board. He became a trustee of the Wisconsin Central
Railroad in 1884, his co-trustees being Charles L. Colby and Edwin H. Abbott, and through their
labors that road was rehabilitated and the Chicago & Northern Pacific terminal in Chicago
developed. He was also a director of the Union Pacific Railroad.

Mr. Hoyt was a director of the Oregon Railway & Navigation Company, the Northern
Pacific Railroad and the Oregon & Transcontinental Company, and in 1890 reorganized the latter
company under the name of the North American Company. His master hand was also seen in
work for the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, to meet the urgent needs of which he formed the
Northwest Equipment Company and raised $3,000,000. In 1889, he was called to undertake the
reorganization of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad, in which work he was associated with
Frederic P. Olcott, president of the Central Trust Company. He has been connected with many
important business enterprises aside from railroads, among them the Spanish-American Iron
Company, a corporation that he organized to develop the Lola iron mines in Cuba. In 1888, he
organized the American Steel Barge Company, that built the first whaleback steamship.

In 1873, Mr. Hoyt married Lida W. Sherman, daughter of Judge Charles T. Sherman
and niece of General W. T. Sherman. He has a family of four children. He is a popular club-
man, among his clubs being the Metropolitan, Union League, Lawyers', Riding, Seawanhaka-
Corinthian Yacht, and the Ohio Society. He is a trustee of Brown University. He lives in Park
Avenue and his country home is Eastover Farm, Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Kellsboro Jack said...

From Utica, NY origins to rail and barge holdings and then living in Oyster Bay, NY .. quite an interesting progression with the Hoyt family.

Off topic (my apologies) but note the John Russel Pope designed (1916) manor house in Middletown NJ for Andrew V. Stout being auctioned June 12th.

It certainly would have fit in with an OW setting ...

The Ancient said...

Or, if you're looking for something more Eastover-like --

The Down East Dilettante said...

Oh dear. The Stout house is a good example of what happens when the Barbarians come through the gate. The place has not survived entirely unscathed...

Anonymous said...

Snooki could be happy there.

The Ancient said...

Money Should Be Fun ...

The June 2012 edition of AD has a twelve-page spread on a Dutchess County farmhouse Gil Shafer has designed for a Wall Street couple. It's the fifth project he's undertaken for them in the past seven years. Predictably, the house is spectacular. Is there a living architect who designs more perfect houses? I don't think so.

But what really caught my eye was this passage:

"We now grow 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes and other organic produce," the husband says, adding that Schafer is overseeing the development of a four-acre plantation of oak and hazelnut trees on the farm, for the cultivation of Burgundian truffles.

The Ancient said...

P.S. I now see the AD article is somewhat misleading:

Anonymous said...

i have always found that AD is a promotional sales gimmick for home owners almost every house featured is on the market after the articles say how much the occupants love their home and built it to retire in yada yada yada