On July 19, 2008 I visited the Suffolk County owned Deepwells Farm for the first time. The estate was built in 1845 and was renovated in 1924 as a Greek Revival Style home. The farm is open for special events, on this day a craft fair was going on.
Front Entrance of Deepwells
The house with a view of the water tower. The estate was named for two 125 foot deep wells on the property.
Deepwells with Water Tower
A side view of the house with the servant’s wing clearly visible in the rear of the picture.
Side View of Deepwells with Servant's wing visible in the Rear
The rear entrance and garden.
Back Door and Garden
The house is mostly empty on the inside, very few furnishings, but the rooms are generally in good shape- much restoration work has been done to the house.
Second Floor Hall
Dining Room Fireplace
Dining Room Fireplace
I can’t remember which room this fireplace was in….
Fireplace in Deepwells
The Cupola on top of Deepwells.
I visited this private home turned Designer Show House today, June 12, 2008. It turns out this lovely estate is for sale and many interior pictures are on display.
This Mansion was originally built as a shingle style home in 1860 for William Matheson. Originally, it was closer to the water. Several owners later, in 1914, James Lane bought the house and had it moved to its present location. At one time it was known as “Suffolk House”
Mr. Lane hired Arthur Little, a Boston architect, to transform the house to the Greek Revival style it still is today. At the same time, the Lanes retained Elsie de Wolfe to decorate the interior living spaces.
This view shows the conservatory and sleeping porch as seen from the garden. The conservatory was designed by Elsie de Wolfe. Several pieces of Elsie’s work are still visible in this lovely estate.
An urn in the garden. The show house showcased landscape designers as well as interior designers.
One of several fountains in the garden.
This wall was created when the house was moved in 1914. It is said that is was created with stone excavated from the NYC Subway system. It creates a lovely container for the garden.
The 1914 garden wall as viewed from the veranda.
Information for this page is found in the “2008 Designer Show House – An Elsie de Wolfe Masterpiece” Booklet given with paid admission. p.5