Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Long Island Residence of Ward Cheney at Peacock Point


    The Long Island residence of Ward Cheney at Peacock Point commands the open Sound—a distinctive modern plan of cinder blocks and railings painted gray and white.



   Above is shown the direct view of the principal bay and entrance from the garden. The walls are tinted a fresh pale blue-gray—trim and cast iron railings are in pure white. Striking in simplicity, the building is an original combination of the classical and modern styles.    

   Below, the furniture plan of the beige living room. Furniture by George Stacey. In the plan of the room, dining and lounging spaces have been successfully arranged for. A charming vista of the garden is seen through the doorway.


MONOTONE SCHEME IN BEIGE OVERLOOKING WATER AND GARDEN


OCTAGON LIVING ROOM ON DIRECT AXIS OF GARDEN AND WATER VIEW.
SPARKING REGENCY CRYSTAL WITH NEUTRAL WALLS AND FURNITURE. 

TAYLOR AND LOW, DECORATORS
   
WHITE, CRYSTAL AND SILVER, PAINTED FLOOR
   
The bedroom shown above makes delightful use of baroque details. There are silver commodes and Venetian mirrors in formal placement. Here white predominates. The floor is painted in gray with rococo borders in off-whites. Sharp accents in shrimp pink appear on the white antique satin upholstery. 


THE LONG ISLAND RESIDENCE OF WARD CHENEY AT PEACOCK POINT

THE LONG ISLAND RESIDENCE OF WARD CHENEY AT PEACOCK POINT
  
   THE drawings above show the unusual floor plans. The main rooms give immediate access to the water side. The isolated master bedroom, having the visibility of a lighthouse and roof terraces for sun bathing is of particular interest. The children's and service quarters are as far as possible separate entities. The site is the H. P. Davison estate, facing on the one side Mrs. Davison's beautiful garden to which approach was given on axis of the entrance, and on the opposite side Long Island Sound. The house takes full advantage of the splendid setting in its wide view of open water.

THE LONG ISLAND RESIDENCE OF WARD CHENEY AT PEACOCK POINT

THE LONG ISLAND RESIDENCE OF WARD CHENEY AT PEACOCK POINT

    Ward Cheney's family was prominent in the silk business. He married Frances Davison, daughter of banker Henry P. Davison.



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5 comments:

  1. Cant imagine those art deco interiors survived nor the highly unusual almost awkward floor plan has survived either. Any info on the interiors?

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    1. Its been in the Cheney/Davison family since its construction as far as I know. Until it comes on the market I could only guess what the interior looks like today. I would hope it hasn't change much? For a single or couple with no children the floor plan seems to work for entertaining. I think the blue-gray tone of the paint would work better then this shade of beige.

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  2. I visited the house when at a family party in the late 70s. It was Danny and Katusha Davison's home then. As a young woman, I was completely taken with it and its natural elegance. It somehow didn't seem very big, it was livable, and its symmetry wasn't stilted. I distinctly remember two elephant tusks framing one of the doorways that led out of the center octagon/living room, and what was an elephant's foot as a wastebasket. Something that would ordinarily have horrified me seemed just part of it all when one of my friends told me their granny or great-granny had shot the poor beast in the 20s or 30s when on an elephant hunt on behalf of the NY Museum of Natural History. Everywhere in the house there were reminders of generations of the family, in a natural, slightly mussed, penultimately old-WASP way. The house was fabulous, and I have never forgotten either it or the sensation of entering that cool, spacious, soaring interior of the central octagon for the first time on what was a very hot summer's day.

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  3. More photos of the interiors can be seen in Maureen Footer's book GEORGE STACEY AND THE CREATION OF AMERICAN CHIC.

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