Monday, December 23, 2013

'Groton Farms'

'Groton Farms', the Robert Dudley Winthrop estate designed by McKim, Mead & White between 1897 and 1902 in Old Westbury.  Winthrop was a member of the banking firm of Robert Winthrop & Company, founded by his father Robert Winthrop (click HERE to see his mausoleum at Greenwood Cemetery).  R.D. Winthrop died in 1912 and the estate was inherited by his brother Beekman Winthrop.  In 1932 Winthrop's nephew Robert Winthrop II built his own residence on the estate named 'Groton Place' designed by Henry Renwick Sedgwick.  'Groton Farms' was demolished c. 1948 but 'Groton Place' still stands as one of the last true estates left in Old Westbury.  Click HERE to see 'Groton Place' on google earth and HERE on bing.  For those interested in litigation, click HERE to read a New York Supreme Court decision in a fight between the contractor and owner.


Doug Floor Plan said...

Great looking house; although it makes me think 'Mississippi Plantation' more than 'Long Island Estate.'

'Groton Place' is also good looking; every now & then a gem survivies.

Happy Holidays to all.

Anonymous said...

A shame this gem didn't survive as the country clubs main house. I pass by Groton Place freqently, and still see horses with riders leave the estate. They seem to go to and fro from I think what be a Phipps estate off Store Hill Road.

Anonymous said...

Robert Winthrop II was not the son of R.D. Winthrop. He was the son of R.D.'s brother, Frederic.

Unknown said...

My Mother ran the Winthrop (Robert) estate (Groton Place) for almost 20 years. During that time, Mr. Winthrop sold the front entrance and land to Deepdale Country Club. The estate had (has) many out-buildings including several Gardner's cottages, chauffeur's cottage, two large barns, horse stables and a kennel. The Old Westbury Police had a shooting range on the property as well. I was fortunate to know Mr. Robert and Mrs. Margaret Winthrop personally. Wonderful people who's generosity helped many people.
Craig Marcin