Monday, October 7, 2013

The J. Lewis Luckenbach Estate

 The J. Lewis Luckenbach estate designed by William Lawrence Bottomley c. 1928 in Glen Cove.  Luckenbach was the vice-president of Luckenbach Steamship Co., Inc.  His parents resided at 'Elm Court' in Sands Point.  The estate along with 9 acres is currently listed for sale for $15,500,000, click HERE to see the listing.  Click HERE to see the Luckenbach estate on google earth and HERE on bing.





Listing photos from MLSLI.

12 comments:

Tyngsboro said...

W O W !!!

The Down East Dilettante said...

It's all very fairy tale, isn't it?

lil' gay boy said...

I visited this back when it was a Designers' Showcase -- despite the varied decor, the house itself was magnificent -- and the grounds even more so.

Magnuspetrie said...

DED: The little garden pavillion shown in one of the photos has a fireplace in it. It has always epitomized Hansel and Gretel to me.

Mrs. Luckenback was called Katie Belle (I believe that her christian name was Katherine Isabel). She died in the mid 1970's still living in the house. She had been stricken by Alzheimer's disease for the last decade or so of her life. She had no children,but did have a niece whom I believe she had raised as her ward. One of the maids in the house told me that the niece would come two or three times a year to visit her bedridden aunt. Her visit was always preceeeded a day or two by the arrival of "a man from the Bank", with a silver knive, fork and spoon from the Luckenbach silver collection, by then safely stored in "the Bank's" vaults. He would arrive a day or so after her departure to collect the silver, pending the next visit.

wooded bliss said...

who knows what might have happened if the banker had forgotten that damned silver spoon.

Kellsboro Jack said...

It is perhaps the most extravagant country manor house design that Bottomley was able to design. His other estate houses, in particular those in Virginia, have more restraint although this is by no means unattractive.

Slightly bigger photos at the main Sotheby's website:

http://www.sothebysrealty.com/eng/sales/detail/180-l-944-4484736/estate-glen-cove-ny-11542

The interior furnishings and paint schemes are more than a bit garish but what lies beneath is a true gem of a mansion.

As I seem to recall the property for a time was listed (not that long ago) on the "the location company" website and the current owner's fleet of exotic cars were also available for print ads.

magnus said...

By the way, I believe that the pond on the property is what used to be called Fresh Pond, from which Fresh Pond Road ( now Crescent Beach Road) took its name. The Luckenbach house sits at the southern end of Fresh Pond. It replaced an earlier half timbered house on the property built for Robert Shaw. Contemporary maps indicate that the Shaw house stood on the east side of the pond

Anonymous said...

Quite a time capsule of a beautifully maintained property. Gorgeous landscaped grounds. archibuff

Anonymous said...

WOW indeed! view from house over the pond toward LI Sound is astounding. Who did the landscape design?

Richard D said...

Just exquisite! This place has always been one of my favorites. LGB, can you by any chance provide the floor plans from the Designers' Showcase brochure?

cageman59 said...

think this is the Schein estate, which is resposible for the closing of Crescent Beach or is this Katz' house?

Anonymous said...

cageman: No, this estate borders Crescent Beach Road and never interfered with it. I grew up nearby and spent most summer days on Crescent Beach with all the neighborhood kids. This is my favorite grand home ever seen. We would play on the beach - before that beach house was built, and sneak into the grounds and the lagoon. Paradise. Glad to see it survives, while so many others in Glen Cove have not.