Wednesday, November 21, 2012

'Burrwood'

'Burrwood', the Walter Jennings estate designed by Carrere & Hastings c. 1899 in Cold Spring Harbor. Jennings was vice-president, secretary and a director of Standard Oil.  Click HERE, HERE and HERE for more on 'Burrwood'.  Click HERE for the section on 'Burrwood' in the 1992 AIA Guide to Nassau & Suffolk Counties.  'Burrwood' was demolished a couple of years later.  The house that replaced 'Burrwood' is currently for sale for $14,750,000, click HERE to see the listing via Daniel Gale Sotheby's.



Photos from The Brickbuilder, 1900.

8 comments:

The Down East Dilettante said...

From the AIA guide: "...remains remarkably intact and in command of its site". Oh what a difference a couple of years makes.

The AIA guide refers to it as Georgian, based on houses Jennings saw on a trip to England, but the entrance facade certainly speaks with a French accent, nevertheless

Kellsboro Jack said...

Zach, has the tea house since been lost? In prior photos from you visiting it the small structure already looked significantly at risk.

What exists there today on the Burrwood site?

Zach said...

The things in those older photos I imagine are all still there unless nature has destroyed them. That section of the property remains undeveloped and overgrown. I don't believe anything is planned for it for the time being.

I have added a link to what replaced Burrwood as it is currently on the market.

archibuff said...

Another Kean development success story! Unfortunately Burrwood, in remarkably very good condition, was razed after initial promises to restore it were reneged upon by the developer. It is bitterly ironic that the very large replacement house which sits squarely on the same footprint and has retained a great deal of the remaining garden features and is also commanding a very hefty price could easily have not been built and Burrwood could have and should have survived intact and functioned well as a viable residence today and Kean could still have made a handsome profit. Lloyd Harbor also is another village not exactly at the forefront of preservation on Long Island.

Zach said...

This aerial was taken earlier this year and shows the tea house to be extant.

http://wikimapia.org/#lat=40.8827304&lon=-73.4703049&z=19&l=0&m=b

The Down East Dilettante said...

What sadly isn't intact is Oliver Jennings' 'Dark Hollow', on the shore north of 'Burrwood', designed by Mott Schmidt and Mogens Tvede. It was one of the most interesting and original houses on the North Shore, and of relatively manageable size, and was demolished by neglect and a couple of fast buck dentist investors---a real loss.

http://thedowneastdilettante.blogspot.com/2011_01_01_archive.html

Kellsboro Jack said...

Zach, thanks for the additional links/info! I'm surprised the tea house wasn't razed but then again who knows what impact Sandy may have just wrought on it as well.

Best wishes to all for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for posting these photos. I grew up in a newer home built on the north end of the original Jennings Estate and have great memories riding my bike through the wide meadows and gardens of the estate. I volunteered at the Burrwood Home for the Blind, finding it sad that such a beautiful building with gorgeous views of Cold Spring Harbor could not be fully enjoyed by its residents.
Zack, as a graduate of the Pratt Institute, you might find it interesting that Richardson Pratt, former president of the Institute, lived in a home on the northwest end of the property. His great-grandfather was a partner in Standard Oil.