Wednesday, January 8, 2014

'Harbor Hill'

'Harbor Hill', the Clarence Mackay estate designed by McKim, Mead & White between 1899-1905 in Roslyn.  Click HERE and HERE for more on 'Harbor Hill'.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great period photo. One of the first major losses of a substantial and notable Gold Coast property on Long Island and still one of the most painful.

From Harbor Hill to Inisfada, we sure haven't learned very much. Archibuff

Anonymous said...

It's great to see Harbor Hill intact on the SUNY website http://amar.hsclib.sunysb.edu/cdm/search/collection/aerial which has aerial photos from 1938. If you haven't seen the site, feel the images are clearer, and taken earlier, than the images on Historic Aerials. There's a lot to see. Loved seeing Old Westbury before the LIE.

The Down East Dilettante said...

I find myself thinking about Mrs. MacKay, barely out of her teens, showing MMW with great certainty how she wanted her house to look, how she wanted it arranged, down to the minutest details. Then just a few years later, poof, she left, apparently without a backward glance.

Anonymous said...

I wish there was a better way to identify Nassau County from those photos. Some sort of captions or hints of what the hell I'm looking at would be helpful for any researchers.

Petronius said...

The nonplussed Anonymous 8:28 may have been referring to Stony Brook University Libraries Digital Collections which Anonymous 10:59 kindly provided the link to. A sizeable portion of the map group too numerous to count are referred to as 'Aerial Photos of the Long Island Region'. Other than 'NC' for Nassau County reveal only sequence numbers for ID's, but could otherwise be Timbuktu. But I can't explain why anyone taking issue with University Libraries website desires it to be resolved in a complaint post on 'Old Long Island', What caused the puddingheaded state also remains a mystery. Amalgam fillings? Chem-trails?

Zach L. said...

^ I've identified a number of estates on the '38 aerials and will begin to post the clippings this week.