Brookwood Hall in East Islip, NY is a Neo-Georgian style mansion built in 1902 by the architects Delano and Aldrich.
Brookwood Hall Entrance
When I visited the mansion in late February 2011, the building was undergoing extensive and much needed renovations.
Back of Building
The mansion was built by the Knapp Family, and was also subsequently owned by the Thorne Family.
Brookwood Hall Marker
From 1942-1965 the mansion served as an Orphanage.
Orphan Registry Sign
Today it is the home of the Islip Art Museum and the Islip Arts Council and it sits in Knapp Lake Park.
Allee of Trees
Original Entrance Gate
Breakfast Room Fireplace
The Breakfast Room serves as an exhibit space for local history organizations.
Original Flooring outside Dining Room
Many of the original architectural details of the mansion are hidden behind modifications made to the estate through the years. It was nice to see some of the original flooring.
Detail of Solarium Fireplace
Mansion lore has this fireplace originally coming from the Idle Hour Estate. The French style of the fireplace makes the story plausible. It is not in keeping with the Georgian decorative style of the rest of the house.
The carriage house now serves as a contemporary art space. I hope to visit Brookwood Hall again, when the renovations are complete.
For more photos of Brookwood Hall see my Flickr site.
Caumsett is a New York State Historic Park located on the north shore of Suffolk County.
Caumsett Front Fascade
The entire estate has been preserved and consists of the Mansion…
the Winter Cottage…
Side View of Winter Cottage
the Dairy complex….
Dairy Farm Silo
the Polo Stables…
Interior Polo Stables
Horse at Polo Stables
and the Walled Garden….
Fountain in Walled Garden
Dairy Complex from Walled Garden
The estate was built for Marshall Field III in the early 1920’s by the architect John Russell Pope. I was there to visit the beautiful Designer’s Show House (October 2010) in the Winter Cottage (to benefit the Caumsett Foundation) and to enjoy the grounds.
View of LI Sound From Mansion
To view more pictures of Caumsett, and other historic houses I’ve visited, please visit my Flickr site.
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.
Located on the grounds of Sagamore Hill is another home, Old Orchard House, built by Theodore Roosevelt Jr. in 1938. It is a Georgian Revival or Neo Georgian Style home, that now serves as a Museum to his father’s legacy. I visited this house on July 26, 2008.
Old Orchard House
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
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:
Sorry, I do not know the name or artist of the above sculpture. Here is another example:
Wood Duck Plaque
Another reason why I love the grounds at this mansion is the restored formal 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.
Trellis Detail 1
Trellis Detail 3
Capitols continuing the trellis into the garden
On the grounds of Clayton is another structure: The Jerusha Dewey Cottage.
On June 22, 2008 I also visited the Main House at Old Westbury Gardens.
The front entrance (North Side) to Westbury House.
The back of the house (South Side), facing the gardens.
A sphinx (one of a pair) on the South Terrace.
The South Terrace – just beautiful!
The West side of the house.
Looking Down the South Allee…….
The Silver garden.
The Boxwood Garden.
The Thatched Cottage, a playhouse for the Phipps children.
The Rose Garden path.
The entrance gate to the walled garden.
The next few pictures are from inside the Walled Garden – one of my favorite places to visit.
Looking down the East Allee from the Walled Garden.
On the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens is another estate: Orchard Hill.