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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.

Click Here to see many more of my photos from Inisfada.

 

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Longwood Estate, Middle Island NY

Longwood Estate

Longwood Estate

This property was once the most northern part of the Manor of St. George.  Today it is parkland preserved by the Town of Brookhaven.  The Estate consists of farm buildings, a one room school house, a caretaker’s cottage, etc.  The house itself has been added onto multiple times and is representative of vernacular architecture of its place and time.

Click here to see more of my photos of the Longwood Estate.

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The Braes, Glen Cove NY

I visited this house on January 29, 2012.

Approaching the Braes

Approaching the Braes

 

This Jacobean-styled house was built in 1912 for Herbert Pratt and his wife.  It is the second house to sit on this site.  (The first house, a Georgian revival styled house, was also built for Pratt in 1902.  The Pratt’s tore it down when they decided on the Jacobean style suited them better.)  Both houses were designed by the architectural firm of Brite & Bacon.

The Braes

The Front of the Braes

 

Today, this magnificent structure is home to the Webb Institute for Naval Architecture.

The Sound side of the Braes

The Sound side of the Braes

 

This house is situated on 3 magnificent terraces above the Long Island Sound.

The view of the LI Sound from the Reception Room

The view of the LI Sound from the Reception Room

 

Each terrace features several architectural and artistic details.  Here are a few examples:

View of the House from the lowest terrace

View of the House from the lowest terrace

 

The ramp up to the next terrace

The ramp up to the next terrace

 

Statue on 2nd Terrace

Statue on 2nd Terrace

 

Niche on 2nd Terrace

Niche on 2nd Terrace

 

Sculpture on 3rd Terrace

Sculpture on 3rd Terrace

The house itself has wonderful lines.

The roof line and chimneys

The roof line and chimneys

Lion out front

Lion out front

 

For more photos of the Braes, including some interior shots, see my Braes Flickr site.

 

 

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Falaise, Sands Point NY

I visited this house on October 7, 2011.  It was built by Harry Guggenheim on land that was part of his father’s estate.  Today it is part of the Sands Point Preserve.

Courtyard View of Falaise

Courtyard View of Falaise

The pool area

The pool area

Main Entrance

Main Entrance

Wonderful detail was paid to all aspects of this house’s architecture.

One of the many carvings around the front door

One of the many carvings around the front door

Detail of columns on terrace

Detail of columns on terrace

Terrace Turret

Terrace Turret

Charles Lindbergh was a frequent guest at this home.  It is said that he wrote “We” while siting at this second floor window, seen below.

Dining Room and Guest Suite from Terrace

Dining Room and Guest Suite from Terrace

The house is built on a cliff overlooking Hempstead Harbor.

Hempstead Harbor from the terrace

Hempstead Harbor from the terrace

This is one of my favorite North Shore mansions.

For more photos see my Sands Point Preserve Flickr page.

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Castle Gould, Sands Point NY

I visited this structure on October 7, 2011.  It is part of the Sands Point Preserve.

Castle Gould

Castle Gould

 

Castle Gould was the name of this whole estate when it was built by Howard Gould.  This building was used as the stables for the estate. It was originally built to replicate Ireland’s Kilkenny Castle.  In 1917, Gould sold his estate to Daniel Guggenheim who kept the name Castle Gould for these stables and renamed the main house Hempstead House.

Main Turret

Main Turret

 

Castle Gould Wall

Castle Gould Wall

 

It really is a magnificent structure that at one time held a museum, but now appears to be empty.

For more photos see my Sands Point Preserve Flickr page.

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Hempstead House, Sands Point NY

Hempstead House

Hempstead House

I visited this structure on October 7, 2011.  It is part of the Sands Point Preserve.

Castle Gould was the name of this whole estate when it was built by Howard Gould.   In 1917, Gould sold his estate to Daniel Guggenheim who kept the name Castle Gould for the stables and renamed this main house Hempstead House.

Detail - Main entrance

Detail - Main entrance

 

Rear facsade of Hempstead House

Rear facade of Hempstead House

 

another view, facing the harbor

another view, facing the harbor

 

Ballastrade detail

Balustrade detail

For more photos see my Sands Point Preserve Flickr page.

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Normandy Manor, Centerport NY

I visited this house on September 30, 2011.  Normandy Manor is part of the William K. Vanderbilt II Estate known as Eagle’s Nest.  The Manor was Mr. Vanderbilts’ caretaker cottage and was designed by the Architectural firm of Warren & Wetmore.  For years it was privately owned, and then the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum bought the property a few years ago.  When I visited this house it was hosting a designer show house.

Front of Normandy Manor

Front of Normandy Manor

Side View of Normandy Manor

Side View of Normandy Manor

Rear view of Normandy Manor

Rear view of Normandy Manor

The other side of Normandy Manor

The other side of Normandy Manor

The View from the front porch, towards the circular driveway

The View from the front porch, towards the circular driveway

The View from the circular drive towards the entrance gate of Eagle's Nest

The View from the circular drive towards the entrance gate of Eagle's Nest

For more photos of Normandy Manor and its wonderful gardens see my Normandy Manor and Eagle’s Nest Flickr page.

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