Clayton, Roslyn NY

East Facade of Clayton

East Facade of Clayton

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.

West Facade of Clayton

West Facade of Clayton

North Facade of Clayton (with sculptures visible)

North Facade of Clayton (with sculptures visible)

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:

Contemporary Sculpture

Contemporary Sculpture

Sorry, I do not know the name or artist of the above sculpture.  Here is another example:

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

Wood Duck Plaque

Wood Duck Plaque

Another reason why I love the grounds at this mansion is the restored formal garden.

Garden Plaque

Garden Plaque

Boxwood Garden

Boxwood 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.

Garden Trellis

Garden Trellis

Trellis Plaque

Trellis Plaque

Trellis Detail 1

Trellis Detail 1

Trellis Detail 3

Trellis Detail 3

Capitols continuing the trellis into the garden

Capitols continuing the trellis into the garden

On the grounds of Clayton is another structure: The Jerusha Dewey Cottage.

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2 responses to “Clayton, Roslyn NY

  1. Pingback: Jerusha Dewey Cottage, Roslyn NY « Historic Houses

  2. sculpturesteph

    Hello,
    the name of the artist for the beautiful coloured contemporary sculpture is ‘Niki de St Phalle’

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