THE most intangible and lovable quality about a country place is atmosphere, that air of charm and accrued memories which cannot be bought or built. It is usually the fruition of the years, an amalgam of nature and art and time. All along the shores of Long Island are coming into being great houses
beautiful grounds which a century hence may have
achieved atmosphere, but which today proclaim only the affluence and taste of their owners. The earth has not welded them to herself, they rest lightly on the ground, suns and storms have not mellowed their color, and birth, and death, and living have not yet made of them homes. The man who desires a mansion can secure one by the combination of a big architect and a big purse; but the man who desires to put into outward expression his ideal of home and hospitality must put himself into the job of home making from its inception to the end of his life.
The architect and the landscape artist have to be wary to keep man and his abode from being an intrusion on the landscape, and the larger the house the greater is the skill needed to weld the sophistication of our growing elegance with the gracious simplicities of nature. When a man marries himself to the land, he needs to feel a touch of the same glamour with which he marries his wife, and that will make the growth of a comely home a romance.
|***"Rosemary Farm" Roland Conklin Estate - Huntington, NY - Circa 1924***|
|***Open-Air Theatre - "Rosemary Farm" Roland Conklin Estate***|
Brooding over the amphitheatre is a balustraded terrace, and beyond that the water front of the house, mellow with soft bricks and huge, adzed oak timbers. Numerous sleeping porches cling to its sides, without destroying the vigorous simplicity of its lines. The garden front has a more intimate overhanging quality, the great roof line in the center sweeping down to the mezzanine floor supported by carved caryatides. Vines have climbed to the gable tops, and the hedges are now man high.
|WHITE MARBLE DOORWAY BROUGHT OVER FROM ITALY SETS THE TONE FOR THE LUXURIANCE OF THE INSIDE OF THE HOUSE: WROUGHT IRON GATES AND CARVING OVER THE DOORWAY ARE UNUSUALLY FINE.|
|THE HALL AT ROSEMARY FARM WITH THE ORGAN IN THE DISTANCE: THE SPACE MADE BEAUTIFUL WITH RARE SPANISH ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND RICH POLYCHROME LIGHTING FIXTURES.|
|A CLOSE VIEW OF THE ORGAN IN ONE END OF THE LIBRARYAT ROSEMARY FARM.|
There is an Hispano-Moresque Cabinet of walnut, ivory and gold, chairs from an old Venetian palace, Russian brass, and other lares from far lands, which nevertheless blend so unobtrusively and quietly that they do not call the eye until after a full realization of the comfort and welcome of the room.
|A LIBRARY IN THE CONKLIN HOME ON LONG ISLAND N. Y. - DESIGNED AND EXECUTED UNDER THE HOGGSON BUILDING METHOD.|
|ROOM OF THE ROLAND CONKLIN HOUSE, REMODELLED BY HOGGSON BROTHERS. FURNISHED WITH SPANISH LEATHER CHEST, CARVED CABINETS AND QUEEN ANNE CHAIRS.|
|THE FIREPLACE IN THE DINING ROOM AT ROSEMARY FARM.|
The circular dining table has a magic quality of growth, for the number of diners at this elastic board is generally an unknown quantity, since motorists dropping in for a five minute call have a way of still being there the following morning for breakfast. All the impediments you have left at home appear waiting for you in your room, and so friendly is this stately house that you conclude it matters little what you wear. If you are fortunate you may happen upon a Rosemary dinner, which means a meal provided entirely by the host, if we conscientiously exclude the salt. Oysters and clams grow on his shores, bread comes from his fields, fish from the bay, meat and game from his flocks, mushrooms, vegetables and fruits from his farm, sugar from his Cuban plantation, cream from his herds, and wine and liquors from his vineyards. There is even a Rosemary cocktail containing a sprig of Rosemary, and of a secret brew we none of us know, and lastly nut trees in a sheltered ravine, coaxed and sheltered to feel themselves near the tropics.
|A FLEMISH BED IN MASTER'S BEDROOM WITH RARE LACE COUNTERPANE BROUGHT FROM THE OLD WORLD AND A LANTERN BROUGIIT OVER FROM AN OLD WORLD CASTLE.|
There is much still to be done at Rosemary, its owner has great dreams and plans for coaxing it to develop further allurements, but it has already achieved that entrancing quality - atmosphere. This is a place you do not forget, a haven well named, "Rosemary, that's for remembrance."
Vacant for many years house burned on December 27, 1990. Click HERE to see remains of "Rosemary Farm" at wikimapia. Follow additional links to Bing Maps and Historic Aerials from 1953 showing house still standing.
Learn more about Roland Conklin and "Rosemary Farm" by visiting oldlonisland.com. Find-A-Grave site for Roland Ray Conklin.
The Hoggson Building Method.