Wednesday, January 30, 2013

'Oheka' Farm Group

The farm group to 'Oheka', the Otto Hermann Kahn estate designed by Delano & Aldrich c. 1916 in Cold Spring Harbor.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Oheka'.  Click HERE to see the extant stable building on google earth and HERE on bing.

Photos from Architectural Forum, 1919.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

for delano fans here is a link to my personal pics of Oak Knoll
click on the small pic # 26 and download u can blow up up see detail layout
pics were taken in 1980 and then in 1995
enjoy
http://imagineitframed.zenfolio.com/trevorlowres

BT

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:38

Thank you so much of those amazing photos of Oak Knoll. It's good to see that the estate still is well maintained.

Do you know what film Fairbanks was filming there?

Anonymous said...

regarding fairbanks
believe it was in the '70s..shot a commercial
Godfather III was shot here..used only the scene under the grape arbor after 3 days of shooting
also as I have mentioned elsewhere The Sentinel was shot there..available on netflix..scroll to around 8 minutes and there are some scenes of the place
happy to inform if any other ?s
BT

The Down East Dilettante said...

Good old Delano & Aldrich. Absolutely flawless sense of proportion and fitness---they knew when to take it up a notch, and when to take down, as with these barns--rustic with style. Now I'm off to see the Oak Knoll pictures.

Anonymous said...

I thought I read here that Oak Knoll was up for sale or going to be subdivided or some such....I am so happy to see that that is not the case. Such a beautiful home and garden. I hope it stays that way for a long, long time.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Marvelous photos. Is that Mrs. Post I spy in 'family100', wearing one of her famous sheared pink minks?

But more seriously: I was admiring the garage building in the aerial photograph, with its clocktower, and remembered out of the blue that there was once a wonderful Ralph Lauren spread, shot by Bruce Weber, I think, all taken at Oak Knoll, with shots in front of garage--marvelous building.

Anonymous said...

BT, Do you know what happened to the original entrance gates? They were quite large, beautifully designed and were intact up through the 1980's but were removed at some point when the lower entrance courtyard was renovated. There now is a samll electronic security gate/intercom installed within the lower courtyard at the base of the driveway.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Anonymous 10:48---I recognize many of these photos as ones used when the house was published for sale in a lavish coffee table real estate book some years back--not current, in other words (BT emphasizes they are from 80 and 95).

I've heard, in the forum here, I think, there there is something--for sale, foreclosure, something--going on.

If one were to pick the ten country houses of its era that should be preserved for perpetuity, this is high on the list.

Anonymous said...

DED
you win a copy of drawing labeled portcochere001
email me at btrevorjr@gmail.com and I will send u a copy
Mrs.Post owned Topridge on upper saint regis lake where I was born and spent my summers
as far as what happened to the gates, which my father had installed do not know.
When we visited my grandparents in the late 50's&60's I was always curious as to why there were no gates to secure
the entrance.
DED..you are correct Ralph Lauren loved this estate
the color corrected pics where for the sales brochure in 95
have assorted pics which are being scanned to be added to site..these are of advertisements
BT
if anyone would like a copy of a print can be arranged for cost+mailing

Zach said...

I'm somewhat late to this party but BT...wonderful photos. The aerials are really killer. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I've always loved Oak Knoll. I always pass by on my way to my cousins house. Would love to see a photo of the gates that were spoken off.

Kind of off-topic; But was Shore Road always there, or did that come much later on? It seems that some estates would have gone down right to the water, but then there are other estates that Shore Road seems to be the entrance point...any clue?

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for access to the Oak Knoll photos. What a wonderful place! In the aerial photo is the circular shape a swimming pool?

Anonymous said...

to the best of my knowledge Shore Road predated the building of Oak Knoll
the circular pool was only a few feet deep..only once can I recall that it was filled with water
so the grandchildren played in it
if you go to the rendering pic and scroll cursor over upper left hand corner u can download and then enlarge
with good detail
I have several copies of The Saturday Evening Post, april 5,1958 (25cents btw) in which William Delano talks
about Oak Knoll ...will post copy (if legal)
on a technical note the tower of the garage contained the water tan for the estate
BT

Zach said...

BT...I hope you've had an opportunity to check out all my previous postings on the Winthrop D&A commissions in Muttontown.

CedarSwampThing said...

As I understand it West Shore road does indeed predate the building of Oak Knoll. It's long been the artery connecting Oyster Bay with Centre Island/ Bayville. Before automobiles it was trafficked by local farmers and wagons from the Centre Island brick works.