A HUNTING LODGE AT AIKEN, S. C.
RECONSTRUCTED AND ENLARGED BY CARRERE & HASTINGS, ARCHITECTS FOR THE LATE WILLIAM C. WHITNEY ***Many names are attached to this property - Stanford White, George A. Freeman, Carrere & Hastings***
|The northwest wing, originally similar in plan to the southwest wing, was remodeled by Mrs. Flora Whitney; a ballroom, open to the gabled roof, now occupies almost all of this wing. Cast iron braces help support the ballroom roof.|
The southwest wing, which is connected to the main house by a glassed-in colonnade, features a longitudinal hall, running the length of the wing. A library and a studio are integral to this building. The southeast wing has a sky-lit hall on the ground floor; eight rooms on two stories are accessible from this hall. ***The studio was built for Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney***
From either corner of the house extend colonnades giving access to the new one-storey wings, two in number, and containing living and guest rooms. These wings are so placed at each end of the old house, and at right angles with it, as to entirely enclose the garden. This is entirely new and is laid out in rather broad parterres and is crossed by two wide paved paths, meeting at a cemented tank in the center. The minor paths are of gravel, which contrasts piquantly with the arbor-vine, planted freely in those beds which form a structural part of the design thus preserving the architectural spirit of the garden throughout the year. Spanish bayonets and other southern shrubs carry the mass of garden foliage up against the veranda, while in the distance a background for the garden is being obtained by means of young trees—gingkos, cedars and others—which have been planted outside the terra-cotta balustrade. This wild space can be surveyed from the outer walk of the garden and also from the porticoes at the ends of the new wings.
|THE MAIN AXIS OF THE GARDEN|
|A VIEW FROM THE CENTRE OF THE GARDEN. |
Showing the colonnade connecting the old building with the new.
|VIEW FROM THE PORCH OF THE OLD HOUSE|
|ONE OF THE NEW WINGS|
*Note the stables in the background on the left*
The spirit of a southern latitude is present in the entire scheme, and the free extension of the buildings over a considerable area gives the openness and consequent circulation of air so necessary in the warm and genial climate of Aiken. In such a locality the Colonial type of country dwelling has long seemed so especially appropriate that it would probably have been selected for these additions even had not the original building pointed the way in that direction.
|The interior of the central block of "Joye Cottage" reflects the Georgian Revival style of the exterior. The first floor has an entry hall, central salon, billiard room, den, and three bedrooms.|
|The dining room is dominated by a large delft-tiled fireplace.|
|The southeast, or kitchen wing is two stories with a gable roof and irregular fenestration, extends from the billiard room of the central block A butler's pantry features original cabinets with diamond-paned glass doors. Eight staff bedrooms are located above the kitchen area. Source of interior photos|
The property was thus developed by the late William C. Whitney, whose purpose was to have a kind of bungalow or hunting lodge for the resort of himself and friends when outdoor life should become disagreeable in the North. The End.
|The south elevation of the central block features a three-sided bay window. The south gable end projects beyond the plane of the first floor elevation. The east elevation has a recessed porch extending along its northern aspect. The southeast wing of the building is attached to the southern aspect of this elevation.|
|A Squash Court on the Late William C. Whitney's Estate Aiken, S. C. |
Designed by Warren & Wetmore, Architects - H&G - I also see text attributing this structure to Carrere & Hastings
|THE AMUSEMENTS OF THE SOUTHERN WINTER COLONIES - WILLIAM C. WHITNEY SQUASH COURT AT AIKEN.|
|Harry Payne Whitney was the son of W. C. and the executor of his fathers will.|
|The Squash Court at its best!|
The Whitney Squash Court originally had squash courts in its north and south arms. The north is intact, although the south court has been divided into four rooms on two levels. Club rooms are central on the first and second floors, providing space for observing the games. The original shower stalls in the east arm of the building have been removed, to provide for a new entrance hall. A kitchen and dining room was built in the enclosed porte-cochere.
|South elevation - Squash Court for "Joye Cottage", it has been adapted to a private residence.|
The Whitney Stable is a one and one-half story frame building, sheathed with weathered cedar shingles on the exterior walls and with composition shingles on the roof. Two wings, containing twelve stalls, extend from the central body of the stable, creating a forecourt. The bell-cast hip roof is crowned by a small louvered cupola. The main entrance is articulated by a bell-cast canopy and a small gable with a diamond-paned Palladian window. The slope of the property allows a basement level in the main section.
National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form.
|"Joye Cottage" - Stables - Currently For-Sale|
This, they thought, was the happy-ever-after ending of their story They had acquired the home of their dreams and, three years earlier, had even cheated death. In 1986. Greg Smith was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and given only three months to live. How the two coped with that diagnosis—and their quest to find a cure—is the subject of yet another engrossing autobiographical volume Making Miracles Happen. The book's title says it all; Naifeh and Smith somehow found a way to prove the doctors wrong, and Greg Smith miraculously bounced back.
Click HERE to read more about the influence Whitney had in the Aiken area.
A romantic read in a special supplement to the New York Times titled "Mr. Whitney's Southern Home" was published on January 16, 1898.
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Altogether, William C. Whitney owned ten residences, totaling some 56,000 acres of estates in five states(one time largest land holder in New York). Two New York City homes - 2 West 57th Street and 871 Fifth Avenue. In addition to a "shooting box" in England, Whitney oversaw the breeding and training of a stable of thorough-breds - "La Belle Farm", a Blue Grass region farm near Lexington, Kentucky, another - "Stony Ford Farm", at Goshen, New York. There were two houses on Long Island - "The Manse" in Old Westbury and a renovated 150-year-old mansion used as a racing lodge near the Sheepshead Bay Ractetrack. In the Berkshire Mountains his land holdings formed Massachusetts largest state forest - October Mountain State Forest. At the same time renovations were being done at "Joye Cottage" Whitney's builder George Freeman was building a mountain-top cottage "The Antlers' with Olmsted landscaping and a honeymoon cabin for son Harry and new bride Gertrude Vanderbilt. In the Adirondacks his holdings have been turned into the William C. Whitney Wilderness Area. Supposedly he also had a home in Florida.
"Le Belle Farm" and "Stony Ford Farm" seem to be more of an arrangement between his breeders and trainers - not a regular home. "Le Belle House", built on the property in the 30s for George W. Headley III is currently for-sale in a effort to save the Headley-Whitney Museum. The manor house at "Stony Ford Farm" is also for-sale. Click HERE for more on the Whitney racing history at Sheepshead including the feud between himself and Fox Keene of "Rosemary Hall". Little Gloria for more.