Located on the grounds of Sagamore Hill is another home, Old Orchard House, built by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in 1938. It is a Georgian Revival or Neo Georgian Style home, that now serves as a Museum to his father’s legacy. I visited this house on July 26, 2008.
Monthly Archives: January 2009
I visited this estate on October 24, 2008. A professional meeting was being held there.
Villa Carola is now known as the “Village Club of Sands Point.” (Private, not open to the public.) It was designed by the architect H. Van Buren Magonigle, the estate was built between 1916 – 1918 for Issac Guggenheim.
I was totally intrigued by the colors of the bricks and the Terra Cotta trim on this building. The architect’s use of color is truly impressive in person, I don’t believe these pictures do them justice.
I thought this was exquisite! Then I found out the motif was continued into the interior as well.
Even though the mansion is Italian in style, it has several art deco accents in it. This is a view of some heating grates in the sun rooms.
One of the more charming features of the house is an elevator that has been converted into a hallway.
Another charming feature of this mansion is the ironwork interior entrance gates.
The Jerusha Dewey Cottage is on the grounds of Clayton, in Roslyn NY. I visited it on October 8, 2008. The cottage is not open to tour. It was the guest house for William Cullen Bryant and it was built in 1862.
There are many paths to walk in the woods at Clayton. The Jerusha Dewey Cottage is located off one of them. Here is a view of the path near the cottage.
On October 8, 2007 I visited this estate.
Clayton was originally built in 1904 by the architect Ogden Codman, Jr for Lloyd Bryce on land that was once owned by William Cullen Bryant. In 1917 the estate was purchased by Henry Clay Frick for his son, Childs Frick and his new wife, Frances. In 1919 the facade of the mansion was redesigned by architect Charles Carrick Allom in the Neo Georgian or Georgian Revival Style. Clayton is now the home of the Nassau County Museum of Art. It is one of my favorite mansions to visit on Long Island.
One of the reasons why I love to visit the grounds of this mansion is the roughly 45 contemporary sculptures that dot the landscape. Here is an example:
Sorry, I do not know the name or artist of the above sculpture. Here is another example:
Another reason why I love the grounds at this mansion is the restored formal garden.
The Boxwood Garden is one of the many rooms that comprise the formal garden.
In the garden is the most wonderful structure: the trellis.
On the grounds of Clayton is another structure: The Jerusha Dewey Cottage.
On October 8, 2007 I visited this estate. It was hosting a Designer Show House. It is part of the Muttontown Preserve of the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation, and Museums. The house itself is an interesting blend of French and Chinese styles. It was built in 1924 by the firm of Delano & Aldrich for Mr & Mrs Benjamin Moore.
Notice the moat in the above picture. It is lined with cobble stones taken from the streets of NYC’s Chelsea section – which is how the mansion got its name. It is said that the Moore children regularly played in the moats.
In the foreground of the above picture you can just make out the cobblestones.
The patio, shown above, is also said to be lined with stones taken from the streets of NYC’s Chelsea section. Apparently the Moores’ first home was located in Chelsea.
The circular garden gate is asian in style. The service wing of the house is on the other side of it.
The above photo is taken looking through the garden gate towards the court yard and moat.
Another architectural gem in the garden is this serpentine wall.
There are some over grown formal gardens. While exploring them I literally stumbled into this large abandoned fountain. It must have been something special when it was functioning.
The fountain was lined every few feet with these carvings.
It had been several years since my last visit. I forgot how long the entrance driveway was. This is just a small part of it.
I am back after an illness that literally had me off my feet. I’ve been catching up on comments and general site maintenance. I visited 3 mansions this past fall, and in the coming days I will be adding them to this site. I will visit more mansions in the spring (when it is warmer out). When I do, I will post them here.