Wednesday, February 6, 2013

'Northwood' Farm Group

The Alfred Hopkins designed farm group to 'Northwood', the Mortimer L. Schiff estate designed by C.P.H. Gilbert c. 1905 in Oyster Bay.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Northwood'.  Click HERE to see the farm group on google earth and HERE on bing.

Photos from Architectural Forum, 1919.

13 comments:

The Down East Dilettante said...

really terrific looking group

Kellsboro Jack said...

Northwood owner Peter G. Schiff's nom de course was Fox Ridge Farm.

I've always wondered if he kept any of his notable race horses such as "Naughty New Yorker" (voted 2007 New York-bred Horse of the Year) or his multiple Grade 1 mare Riskaverse there at the stable group.

ChipSF said...

Hopkins was a versatile guy!

chipon1 said...

hopefully not a silly question, but how has this estate remained intact, buildings looking great when so many others have either faded or vanished altogether

Zach said...

^

That depends on your definition of "intact"...as the original Northwood was demolished.

Kellsboro Jack said...

Alfred Hopkins was indeed interesting and talented - who knew he was a composer, too? From the NYT obit headline:

"Alfred Hopkins, 71, An Architect Here, Designer of Federal Prisons at Lursburg, Pa., and Terre Haute, Ind., is Dead, also Planned Estates, Wrote Book on Specialties -- Was musician, Composer and Student of Bookbinding." New York Times, May 6, 1941.

I've always liked this gate lodge he did for W.T. Hyde in Upstate NY. It's now owned (and restored) by the grand-niece of F. Ambrose Clark. It was even featured in ads he ran promoting his book "Modern Farm Building" for $4.20 directly from the author - Hopkins himself at 101 Park Ave North NY, NY

http://www.flickr.com/photos/27332539@N07/7831022488/sizes/l/in/photostream/

The Down East Dilettante said...

Though the current house ain't no slouch either.

A great deal of the Northwood land is now conservation land. The farm group and house and stable groups are separately owned.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Kellsboro, I have to agree about Hopkins---interesting he chose farm groups as his specialty. Would love to have seen more of what he could do with a house.

This farm group at Northwood just gets better every time I look at the pictures.

chipon1 said...

understood about the loss of the first house, but the replacement is as D.E.D. says it is not a slouch. i asked earlier as the Google map shows an outline of a very large area that is seemingly undeveloped. is most of that area/ acreage conservation land?

Anonymous said...

I believe I read at one time that the house was owned by the well-known publisher of a very famous rock and roll magazine.

Also, are there two Northwood farm groups? What is the other grouping nearer to the house?

The Down East Dilettante said...

the grouping nearer the house is the garage and stable group---and a recreation complex/indoor tennis court near that.

Anonymous said...

This was owned, since the '80's , by Frank and Nancy Richardson. Decorated by Henri Samuel at enormous expense. Mr. Richardson got it in the divorce and tried to sell it for many years. The original house had a fire, as I recall, and was replaced with the smaller current house by Dolly Schiff, who was the daughter of George and Edith Baker of Viking's Cove.

Anonymous said...

Sorry! Edith Baker Schiff, not Dolly! I don't know what I was thinking.