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I still don't understand why the family tore this down.
HPHS also has a very nice post from May 28th 2012 on Peacock Point
I still don't understand why the family tore this down.A) Taxes.B) Maintenance costs.C) The desire of family members to keep the land itself, where they have other, smaller, more affordable houses.D) Not so much money as once upon a time, or simply no family member wishing to live in so grand a house.
Walker and Gillette were very careful, versatile designers---fine sense of materials, form, and texture.
More links --http://vimeo.com/12333106(Peacock Point: The Movie. A Davison family memoir.)http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F60816FE3B5F13738DDDAA0894DC405B838DF1D3(An account of the 1913 fire.)http://www.gwpda.org/wwi-www/Hurley/images/bridge10.jpg(Red Cross War Council, 1918. Woodrow Wilson, ex-president Taft, Robert de Forest, Henry P. Davison, Col. Grayson, M.P. Murphy, Charles D. Norton, and Edward N. Hurley)http://books.google.com/books?id=mNsxAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA2-PA39&lpg=RA2-PA39&dq=%22Peacock+Point%22+and+%22Davison%22&source=bl&ots=eES4aEmYy6&sig=5xTXHKTc4S3KV_YdPpSwOCoVg3o&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nSLNT5-JJOnY0QGxwrSmAQ&ved=0CF0Q6AEwBTgK#v=onepage&q=%22Peacock%20Point%22%20and%20%22Davison%22&f=true(A 1918 Country Life article describing Peacock Point during World War One.)http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=F20614F93E551A738DDDAB0994DD405B828EF1D3(Henry P. Davison's will.)http://books.google.com/books?id=sgNUEqkgctEC&pg=PT316&lpg=PT316&dq=%22Peacock+Point%22+and+%22Davison%22&source=bl&ots=JUjvc-3VMG&sig=YoGsYp1yoRNNxKfbv8onC0DLnAg&hl=en&sa=X&ei=-h_NT7yTFOL00gH5upDPAQ&ved=0CGgQ6AEwCA#v=onepage&q=%22Peacock%20Point%22%20and%20%22Davison%22&f=true(From The House of Morgan by Ron Chernow.)http://www.millionairesunit.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=23&Itemid=36(Trubee Davidson -- Founder, First Yale Unit)http://books.google.com/books?id=HNc3_xaNUe4C&pg=PA240&lpg=PA240&dq=%22Peacock+Point%22+and+%22Davison%22&source=bl&ots=BQ2Ol0ENrO&sig=tzexpKH8PSQucVElAqanNK8k8xU&hl=en&sa=X&ei=nSLNT5-JJOnY0QGxwrSmAQ&ved=0CFgQ6AEwAzgK#v=onepage&q=%22Peacock%20Point%22%20and%20%22Davison%22&f=false(When H. P. Davison died, his place at Morgan was taken by Tom Lamont, who writes about him here ...)http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/obituaries/articles/2010/08/29/daniel_davison_at_85_revived_us_trust_by_catering_to_the_rich/(Obituary of HPD's grandson Daniel, who established the banking industry's well-known "poodle walk cut-off line.")
Seeing that family video more than anything makes me think the "big house" should never have been demolished. It seemed such a loving home....the family should have kept it....so,so sad.
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