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
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
It was raining the day of my visit, so I did not get many exterior photos. This one shows the rear facade of Fairleigh.
The terrace, looking towards the terrace room, which was recently added to the estate.
The reflecting pond was visible from the rear terrace.
Main Entrance Chandelier
I just loved this chandelier, it is spectacular!
Inside the Terrace Room
The interior of the terrace room.
Interior of the West Loggia
The West Loggia is being restored.
Exterior of West Loggia
For more photos of Fairleigh visit my Flickr site.
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 - Courtyard view
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.
In the foreground of the above picture you can just make out the cobblestones.
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
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.
Serpentine Garden Wall next to pond
Another architectural gem in the garden is this serpentine wall.
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.
The fountain was lined every few feet with these carvings.
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.