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Inisfada, Manhasset NY

Inisfada (Gaelic, meaning Long Island) was built for Nicholas and Genevieve Brady in 1919 by the architect John Torrey Windrim.

Part of the Front Facade

Part of the Front Facade

It is an excellent example of the Tudor Revival Style.

Front Entrance

Front Entrance

The facade of the house is decorated with scenes from Fairy Tales.

The Hare from the

The Hare from the “Tortoise and the Hare”

Billy Goats Gruff

Billy Goats Gruff

The Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood

The Wolf from Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

In addition to the fables, the facade is beautifully decorated with nature.  Here, the top of each capitol is decorated with a different flower.

Flowers on Capitol 1

Flowers on Capitol 2

Flowers on Capitol 2

Also, each chimney on the house is decorated differently.

Examples of some of the many different Chimney decorations.

Examples of some of the many different Chimney decorations.

The interior of the house has many of its original furnishings.

1st floor hall way through the scroll work of an iron door.

1st floor hall way through the scroll work of an iron door.

Stained Glass Window inside the St. Genevieve chapel on the second floor

Stained Glass Window inside the St. Genevieve chapel on the second floor

On the grounds there are several beautiful memorials.

The estate tea house and the gardens surrounding it are a memorial.

The estate tea house and the gardens surrounding it are a memorial.

Statue in the pond

Statue in the pond is a memorial a place to reflect

Inisfada front facade

Inisfada front facade

The house is presently serving as the St. Ignatius Jesuit Retreat House, which is unfortunately, slated to close on June 1, 2013.  This Manhasset, NY house is currently up for sale at $49 million.  After visiting this beautiful house, I personally would hate to see it demolished.  I believe that the Jesuits are being short sighted in their desire to divest themselves of this property. There is a need for a place like this in today’s society – this perhaps has never been more true than now – after the wrath of Hurricane Sandy and in the wake of the Newtown (CT)  shootings.

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Wave Hill, The Bronx NY

The Pergola

The Pergola

Wave Hill is a public garden that is owned by the City of New York.  It is comprised of two adjacent estates – Wave Hill House and Glyndor House.

Glyndor House

Glyndor House

Glyndor House is used as an art gallery.

Wave Hill House

Wave Hill House

When I visited, Wave Hill House was undergoing extensive renovations.   Both houses are on a hill, above the Hudson River and overlooking the Palisades.

Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades

Sweeping views of the Hudson River and the Palisades

Both houses have had quite a history with many prominent owners and visitors.  See http://www.wavehill.org/about/history/  for a full history of the site.   This garden is well worth the visit – the grounds are just glorious!

The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse

A Garden View

A Garden View

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Griswold House / Newport Art Museum, RI

Griswold House - Front

Griswold House – Front

This house is Richard Morris Hunt’s first major commission in Newport.

Central Stairway

Central Stairway

Hunt was hired in 1861 by the Griswold family to create this home, which was completed in 1863.

Dining Room

Dining Room

The woodwork inside the house is fantastic – just look at it here in the Dining Room and in the Parlor.

Parlor

Parlor

Parlor Shutters

Parlor Shutters

Today the house is part of the Newport Art Museum and they have been slowly restoring the property.

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Vernon Court, Newport RI

Vernon Court

Vernon Court

Built in 1898 by Carrere and Hastings.  Its design is based on Chateau Haroue near Nancy, France.  Today it is home to the National Museum of American Illustration.

Another view of Vernon Court

Another view of Vernon Court

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The Hennery, Salve Regina University, Newport RI

The Hennery, Street facade

The Hennery, Street facade

The Hennery was designed by the architects Peabody and Stearns in 1883 as a farm building for Vinland.

The Hennery, Rear facade

The Hennery, Rear facade

I have seen it refered to as a shingled fantasy.  Salve Regina has restored the structure and is using it.

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Ochre Court, Salve Regina University, Newport RI

Ochre Court, Street Facade

Ochre Court, Street Facade

Ogden Goelet, a New York real estate developer, hired Richard Morris Hunt to design Ochre Court between 1888-1892.

Ochre Court, Ocean Facade

Ochre Court, Ocean Facade

Inspired by the French chateau of the Loire Valley, it was the first of Hunt’s summer cottages to seek French inspiration.

Main entry under stairs, Ocean vista visible

Main entry under stairs, Ocean vista visible

Many of the interiors retain their gilded age characteristics.

Main hall, 2nd and 3rd floors

Main hall, 2nd and 3rd floors

Main Hall (viewed from 2nd floor)

Main Hall (viewed from 2nd floor)

Stained glass window on 2nd floor stair landing

Stained glass window on 2nd floor stair landing

Ochre Court Dining Room

Ochre Court Dining Room

Ochre Court Ballroom

Ochre Court Ballroom

Ochre Court Salon - detail of wood work

Ochre Court Salon – detail of wood work

Administration building from street

Administration building from street

Today it serves as the administration building of Salve Regina University.

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William Watts Sherman House, Newport RI

William Watts Sherman House

William Watts Sherman House

An 1874 Shingle Style house designed by architect H.H. Richardson after the Queen Anne designs of Richard Norman Shaw.  It is currently being used as a dormitory at Salve Regina University.

Not bad for dormitory living

Not bad for dormitory living

The house’s decor is by Stanford White.  Including the Library, whose mill work is still fantastic- it is painted peacock green with gold trim and embodies a wide variety of styles- Moroccan, Chinese,  English, etc.

Magnificent Library Millwork

Magnificent Library Milwork

Milwork Detail

Milwork Detail

The upstairs window seat is lined with beautiful yellow – flowered motif stained glass, creating a beautiful window seat.

WIndow seat

WIndow seat

Detail, Stained Glass in Window Seat

Detail, Stained Glass in Window Seat

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