Tuesday, September 2, 2014


'Tenacre', the Joseph Palmer Knapp estate designed by John Russell Pope c. 1920 in Southampton.  Knapp was a publisher, financier and philanthropist.  He was president of P.F. Collier & Sons, owner of Collier's Weekly, president of Knapp Securities Corp. and invented the six-cylinder printing press among other things.  Click HERE to see 'Tenacre' on bing and HERE for more.

Photos from American Architect, 1922.


Tyngsboro said...

This place exudes charm and comfort and reflects my mood today ~ but, don't get me wrong, tomorrow I might crave a marble palace yet again !

Tyngsboro said...

Something about this place jogged my memory ~ it was a previous posting on Old Long Island featuring the 1940s Previews real estate brochure for "Claverack" estate at Southampton. In the upper-left corner of the cover page one can plainly see "TenAcres" !

Doug Floor Plan said...

Wow, Tyngsboro -- good eye & memory! I have a good memory too, but not that good. I'm guessing you're either a master bridge player or a card counter in Vegas ... or both?

The Ancient said...

A couple links --



The last link provides some interesting information regarding the rising and falling value of the property.

If there's a flower on the property I can't see it.

Doug Floor Plan said...

Ancient, thanks for the links. I always appreciate seeing interiors; but these have raised a question.

A two-story, five-sided addition has replaced the porch off the dining & living rooms. The kitchen & entire service wing has been reworked, probably expanded slightly, although the service porch does not appear to have been enclosed. Looking at the pictures the original dining room is now a sitting room with two white chairs & a white ottoman.

So where is the new dining room? In the photograph it almost looks like it's in the living room -- but that makes no sense & a cabinet is covering up the fireplace. Plus this room opens to where the photographer is standing & beyond; again, not the living room. There's not enough room for it in the service wing with that big, country kitchen in there now.

Anyone know?

Tyngsboro said...

re: Doug Floor Plan - Sept. 3rd, 8:29 a.m. My good memory is hereditary. I have good genes; my ancestors all were horse thieves and dance hall gals ! "Four gals for a dollar, hear 'em hollar ~ ask for Ethyl if you want something spethyl."
On the other hand it could be all that good Merrimack River water in my veins !

Doug Floor Plan said...

Tyngsboro, I appreciate your humor, although you may also be telling the truth.

My ancestors on my father's side came to the United States before the Civil War to escape debtor's prison. There is some documentation that, after they got here, they may have stolen a horse, or two.

But I have made up for it today by paying my taxes, paying my bills, tipping generously, & I have never stolen a horse ... yet.

Tyngsboro said...

Doug Floor Plan, 11:01 a.m. - A bit of explanation for all you young 'whipper-snappers' out there . . . Back in the 1930s and 40s ( just before my time ) young guys, who manned the pumps at gas stations, used that rhyme, "Four gals ( gallons ) for a dollar, etc." to hype the prices. And yes, there was none of this .9 cents baloney back then; prices were even, so I've been told. The "Ethyl" I referred to was ethyl alcohol used as an additive for extra power. "Ask for Ethyl if you want something spethyl." ;-) When I was young premium gas was referred to as "Hightest." I can remember back around 1960 that gas was selling for 20 cents a gallon; there was a "gas war" back then and competition was fierce between rival stations!
As far as horse thieves go . . . even I've been tempted on occasion ~ but had no means to get the critter home alas !

The Ancient said...

On planting annuals --


Forty gardeners???