Tuesday, November 25, 2014


'Applegreen', built for William C. Whitney as a wedding present to his son Harry Payne Whitney and his wife Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney by McKim, Mead & White c. 1902 in Old Westbury.  After W.C. Whitney's death in 1904 the couple moved into his residence 'The Manse', also by McKim, Mead & White and gave 'Applegreen' to his sister Dorothy and her husband Willard D. Straight who hired Delano & Aldrich to design alterations c. 1912.  Click HERE, HERE and HERE for more on 'Applegreen' which has been partially demolished.  Click HERE to see the residence on bing.


Doug Floor Plan said...

From what I can tell looking at the Bing views: everything to the left of the gambrel roof (basically the service wing) has been removed, plus the third story under the gambrel roof. That still leaves the owners with a sizeable house that appears well maintained & nicely preserved.

Doug Floor Plan said...

One more observation: the place in the lawn where the men are working ... is now occupied by the neighbor's driveway. To me, that's the greater loss.

The Down East Dilettante said...

Archaeology Department:

Speaking of the greater loss, if one scrolls south in the Bing View, one can discern the various areas of the extensive formal gardens by Beatrix Farrand, despite the houses plopped in to them (with the usual bewildering disregard for the possibilities) Link to Farrand's designs for the gardens (be sure to click the larger viewer images for full screen) http://content.cdlib.org/ark:/28722/bk0009s8g6h/?order=7&brand=calisphere

Doug Floor Plan said...

I agree DED (dare I disagree?). True, the one house incorporated the reflecting pool into its layout, turning it into a swimming pool. But none of the three houses seem to have incorporated the former, formal walled garden into a landscape design. It's even difficult to figure out where are the property lines. Still, I'm sure the children of the owners enjoy it for smoking pot.

Happy Thanksgiving.