Monthly Archives: June 2008

Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury, NY

On June 22, 2008 I also visited the Main House at Old Westbury Gardens.

Entrance to Old Westbury House

The front entrance (North Side) to Westbury House.

South Facade Old Westbury House

The back of the house (South Side), facing the gardens.

Sphynx on South Terrace

A sphinx (one of a pair) on the South Terrace.

South Terrace

The South Terrace – just beautiful!

Old Westbury House from the Side

The West side of the house.

Looking Down the South Allee

Looking Down the South Allee…….

Silver Garden

The Silver garden.

Boxwood Garden

The Boxwood Garden.

Thatched Cottage

The Thatched Cottage, a playhouse for the Phipps children.

Rose Garden Path

The Rose Garden path.

Walled Garden Gate

The entrance gate to the walled garden.

The next few pictures are from inside the Walled Garden – one of my favorite places to visit.

Looking into the Walled Garden

Pergola and Lily Pond

Pergola in Walled Garden

Fountain in Walled Garden

Looking down Allee from Walled Garden

Looking down the East Allee from the Walled Garden.

On the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens is another estate: Orchard Hill.


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Orchard Hill, Old Westbury, NY

On June 22, 2008 I attended the Orchard Hill Designer Show House at Old Westbury Gardens.

Orchard Hill 6

Front entrance to Orchard Hill.

This house was built in 1860 for John and Caroline Hicks as an “A.J. Downing style country home.” Sometime between 1907 and 1930, John Phipps bought the land and house from the estate of John Hicks and had the house moved to its present location. John Phipps gave the house to his daughter, Peggie Phipps Boegner in 1930, for her wedding present. Peggie lived there for 76 years. She passed away at the age of 99 in 2006.

Orchard Hill 1

Another view of the main entrance.

Orchard Hill Conservatory

A view of the back of the house and conservatory.

Orchard Hill Allee

The view out the back door of Orchard Hill – down the allee.

Garden Walk Orchard Hill

The garden path to the guest cottage.

Cottage at Orchard Hill

The guest cottage – view from the patio. The interior design was charming!

Patio at Orchard Hill

The patio for the guest cottage.

Flowers at Orchard Hill

Flowers in the garden.


Information on this page is from the “The Orchard Hill Designer Showhouse at Old Westbury Gardens” booklet, provided with admission to the show. P. 14, 17, 18.


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Lane Estate, Nissequogue NY

I visited this private home turned Designer Show House today, June 12, 2008. It turns out this lovely estate is for sale and many interior pictures are on display.

Lane Estate

This Mansion was originally built as a shingle style home in 1860 for William Matheson. Originally, it was closer to the water. Several owners later, in 1914, James Lane bought the house and had it moved to its present location. At one time it was known as “Suffolk House”

Lane Estate and gardens

Mr. Lane hired Arthur Little, a Boston architect, to transform the house to the Greek Revival style it still is today. At the same time, the Lanes retained Elsie de Wolfe to decorate the interior living spaces.

Conservatory and Sleeping porch

This view shows the conservatory and sleeping porch as seen from the garden. The conservatory was designed by Elsie de Wolfe. Several pieces of Elsie’s work are still visible in this lovely estate.

Garden Urn

An urn in the garden. The show house showcased landscape designers as well as interior designers.

Garden Fountain 1

One of several fountains in the garden.

Garden Wall

This wall was created when the house was moved in 1914. It is said that is was created with stone excavated from the NYC Subway system. It creates a lovely container for the garden.

Garden Wall From Veranda

The 1914 garden wall as viewed from the veranda.


Information for this page is found in the “2008 Designer Show House – An Elsie de Wolfe Masterpiece” Booklet given with paid admission. p.5

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Sefton (Mill Neck) Manor, Mill Neck NY

Mill Neck Manor

On June 5, 2008 I visited this Mansions and Millionaires Designer Show House. I had been to the grounds of this great estate many times while I was growing up, but somehow I never made it into this fabulous house until this day. I was saddened to learn that this great building has been standing empty, since the School for the Deaf moved to its new buildings adjacent to this mansion.

Mill Neck Manor with servants wing on left

This house was built in 1923, by the architectural firm of Clinton & Russell, Wells, Holton & George. It is a Tudor Revival Manor.  Thirty-seven fabulous rooms were on display on three floors.  The service wing is visible in the above picture, on the left.

Entrance Mill Neck Manor

Over the main entrance, a large stained glass window depicting five of Shakespeare’s most memorable plays, is visible. It was made by Charles Connick of Boston. It dramatically lights the main stairs inside the manor house.

Garden detail

Charles Leavitt was the landscape architect employed by the Dodges. He designed sunken, formal gardens which have not been restored, with three temples and two beautiful gates, which are all still existant. Two of the garden temples look like the one pictured above. They are known as the Temple of the Evening Sun and the Temple of the Morning Star.

Garden Urn Detail

One of many urns that mark where the sunken gardens once were.

Garden Temple

A limestone temple- known as the temple of the Midday Sun.


Information on this page is from the Designers’ Showcase 2008 – Mill Neck Manor booklet, provided with admission to the show. P. 76, 108, 118.


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William Floyd Estate, Mastic NY

Front of William Floyd EstateOn May 29, 2008 I visited this wonderful estate for the first time. I was with a group of librarians from RASD, a division of the Suffolk County Library Association.

RASD Members walking to Floyd Estate

This home was built in 1718 and added onto many times over the years. This is one wing, visible from the back of the house, with many room additions made to it through the years.

Back View - many room add-ons visible

This is another wing, with many room additions visible. This wing is also off the rear of the house.

Back View- another wing of room add-ons

Revolutionary War general and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, William Floyd, was born in this house in 1734. The house remained in the Floyd family until 1976. For more house history see the National Park Service website.

Inside the Tool Shed

Back behind the Floyd Estate there are a number of farm accessory buildings. This is what the inside of the tool shed looks like. And this is the view from the door of the tool shed.

View thru tool shed door

This is what the inside of the ice house looked like.

Inside the Ice House

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