Belvedere, located on Long Island’s Gatsby Coast—the Gold Coast—within the town of Huntington, New York, is a 1933 mansard roofed residence designed by the École des Beaux-Arts graduate Auguste L. Noel, best known as the architect of the Whitney Museum of American Art original building on Manhattan’s West 8th Street, generously set within a six acre estate with views over the surrounding Nassau Suffolk Greenbelt Trail and into Cold Spring Harbor beyond. I first learned of this house many moons ago, from a large book titled Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860—1940, which details the architectural life of the island. The book, now a worn, torn, well-loved, tome, still has a home on my bookshelf as I am ever returning to it for inspiration, clarification, or just to spend time with an old friend. Belvedere, though a short passage within the book, still manages to inspire with its thick brick walls, mansard roof, elongated dormers, and balustraded parapet create a more fanciful, dream-like interpretation of French Provincial architecture and design.
The modern-day interiors a rather restrained and subdued in comparison with the lively exterior and generous grounds. My favorite room of the existing interiors in the marvelously greyed blue dining room—the combination of textures, colors, layers, and décor create a truly unique and inspired space. I would venture to bring this sense of assured style into the other rooms of the house through the use of color and from the perspective of a collector: rooms, no matter how hard we may try, take months and years to layer, hone, refine, and reinvigorate, yet once you have a proper foundation within a room, such as a beautiful 1960s canary yellow Danish sofa, you can easily keep adding or subtracting elements until you find your correct balance.
The rear façade, a stately symmetrical affair, is tempered by the whimsical qualities imbued by the stunning, intricate latticework and effervescent flourishes of wisteria vines, anchoring the massive home into its gently sloping, wooded landscape, stretching out to the harbor views beyond. This is a true country estate as it located down a private half mile drive, which may as well be a portal between the world and the estate—you’re invisible from the street, totally secluded, a truly private life, the real luxury you are able to share with your loved ones.
469 Woodbury Road is a 9 bedroom, 8.5 bathroom home located on just over 6 acres and is listed by Kathryn Maxwell Pournaras of Daniel Gale Assoc Inc for $4,700,000.
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