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Fairleigh, East Norwich NY

Fairleigh was designed by the architects Trowbridge and Livingston in 1914 for the George S. Brewster family.  It now serves as The Hoffman Center, a private nature preserve and wildlife sanctuary that is occasionally open to the public.

Front of Fairleigh

Front of Fairleigh

I was visiting Fairleigh for a lecture about horse and automobile racing on Long Island.  The cars in front of the mansion were on exhibit.

Rear Facade of Fairleigh

Rear Facade of Fairleigh

It was raining the day of my visit, so I did not get many exterior photos.  This one shows the rear facade of Fairleigh.

Rear Terrace

Rear Terrace

The terrace, looking towards the terrace room, which was recently added to the estate.

Reflecting Pond

Reflecting Pond

The reflecting  pond was visible from the rear terrace.

Main Entrance Chandelier

Main Entrance Chandelier

I just loved this chandelier, it is spectacular!

Inside the Terrace Room

Inside the Terrace Room

The interior of the terrace room.

Interior of the West Loggia

Interior of the West Loggia

The West Loggia is being restored.

Exterior of West Loggia

Exterior of West Loggia

For more photos of Fairleigh visit my Flickr site.

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Chelsea, East Norwich NY

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.

Chelsea - Front Entrance

Chelsea - Front Entrance

Chelsea - Courtyard view

Chelsea - Courtyard view

A Wing Of Chelsea

A Wing Of Chelsea

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.

Chelsea Moat

Chelsea Moat

In the foreground of the above picture you can just make out the cobblestones.

Center Court Patio

Center Court Patio

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.

Moat and Garden Gate

Moat and Garden Gate

The circular garden gate is asian in style.  The service wing of the house is on the other side of it.

Service Wing

Service Wing

Garden Gate

Garden Gate

The above photo is taken looking through the garden gate towards the court yard and moat.

Serpentine Garden Wall next to pond

Serpentine Garden Wall next to pond

Another architectural gem in the garden is this serpentine wall.

Abandoned Garden Fountain

Abandoned Garden Fountain

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.

Fountain Detail

Fountain Detail

The fountain was lined every few feet with these carvings.

Driveway to stables / garage

Driveway to stables / garage

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.

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