Thursday, August 16, 2012

'Falaise' Aerial

'Falaise', the Harry F. Guggenheim estate designed by Frederick J. Sterner and Polhemus & Coffin c. 1923 in Sands Point.  Guggenheim was the son of Daniel Guggenheim of 'Hempstead House' and was a co-founder of Newsday.  This aerial is part of SMU's Robert Yarnall Richie collection and was taken between 1932-1934.  Click HERE for more on 'Falaise'.


Kyle Peterson said...

This house has one of my favorite layouts. The different levels, basements and all around sporadic placement of rooms. The idea that one could almost get lost wandering around the halls.

Kellsboro Jack said...

I've been smitten with Falaise for some time. To me it seems hard to disagree with its layout and design, the selection of construction materials, how it is sited and making the most of the dramatic cliff, facade detailing and what seems like a much more intimate residence (and useful) than many others.

Rather than living in a sort of tomb, Guggenheim's choice of the French Normandy was quite refreshing.

Harry's racing operations originally were under the name of "Falaise Stable" but switched to Cain Hoy Stable after acquiring the plantation of the same name in South Carolina. He purchased in 1951 'Dark Star' as a yearling and would go on to win the 1953 Kentucky Derby - news account here:

Dark Star would accomplish little success after but on that first Saturday in May of 1953 he defeated (at long odds) the much beloved Native Dancer of Alfred G. Vanderbilt.

Anonymous said...

Horribly OT - does anyone know what the story is on the 1927 fixer upper Tudor Mansion on 257 Little Neck Rd in Centerport for $3,5m. Seems cheap being oceanfront and all.

Victor P.B.