|"THE HEDGEGROW" Locust Valley|
|On the Pleasants Pennington estate at Locust Valley, L. I. such a utilitarian feature as a dove cote has been made an architectural garden ornament in keeping with the classic atmosphere of the establishment.|
|Placed in a grove of trees to afford privacy, Hedgerow's gardens included both formal and informal elements. Four life-sized terra-cotta statues of tutelary goddesses Flora. Dora, Cora, and Nora, purchased by Pennington during a European buying trip, stand on a terrace wall facing the house.|
Decorator Dorothy Draper started a company in the 1920's called the Architectural Clearing House which acted as matchmaker between architects and society clients. Draper and her favorite architect, Pleasants Pennington, had acquired thirty-seven acres and planned to divide them into plots of from two to four acres. By using clever architecture and walled-in gardens, they would manage to make the plots look like large country estates. The smallest house would have three bedrooms and two maid's rooms; the largest house would be twice as big. The landscaping was of paramount importance, for both Pennington and Draper believed that enjoyment of the outdoors was the chief reason for going to the country.
|E. Belcher Hyde, Inc. 1927|
NEW YORK EVENING POST, 1927 The ideas of the development is to demonstrate that an ideal country home can grace a small place instead of vast acreage being required.
|Dolph & Stewart 1939|
|March 3, 1927|
They are dividing the land into plots varying from two to four acres, and are planning to build in the near future several types of small houses varying in size from a small house containing three bedrooms and two maids' rooms up to twice this number. The houses will be of distinctive design and will demonstrate how a small piece of land may be planned with walled-in gardens and orchards. Mrs. Draper and Mr. Pennington plan to build such houses for themselves.
"Enter the Saturday Night House A Tiny, Perfect Cottage for Week-ends where One Can Dwell in True comfort and Simplicity Solves a Great Problem." Dorothy Draper
She understood the modern need for overworked and overstimulated upper-class urban dwellers to decompress on the weekends.
Simplest of all is the thatch-roofed, half-timbered cottage with its one large living room occupying practically all of the main space as shown in the plans. It has no cellar, no servants and no real bedrooms. Notwithstanding, it is comfortable and good-looking.
|The kitchen alcove opens directly into the living room. With its copper pots and pans, Delft tiles and peasant china it helps to produce the feeling of Brittany's low-ceilinged old houses.|
|Here is the opposite end of the living room with the berth and fireplace.|
|Simplest of the three is the plan of the thatch-roof cottage. Here are shown the one large room and the garage, bath and little kitchen niche off one end opposite the fireplace.|
|The Bermuda cottage with its four double master bedrooms and service quarters, still retains the simplicity which a Saturday Night House should have. Its ground floor shown is so flexible that almost any desired additions may be made to it.|
|The third house is by far the most sophisticated—as it is, lamentably, the most expensive to build. But it would be so amusing to do that I shall never rest until I have it myself.|
|That cool white facade with sky blue niches, so correct, so perfectly proportioned in its every detail—that beautiful big living room, fourteen feet high: Can't you just see it—with 1830 woodwork throughout, tall mahogany doors with silver knobs, a black marble mantel for the fireplace, Empire or Directoire furniture, glazed English chintz for the windows, English chintz again for the slip cover of the Lawson sofa.|
|This last house, of course, calls for something more ambitious in the way of servants than the Bermuda cottage can do with. At best, one would think of a neat English couple—the man a butler-chauffeur, his wife a competent cook. One might spend as much money as one happened to have. But the staterooms should remain staterooms, for in them and in the big informal living room centers the whole idea of the place—never to be taken seriously or one would find oneself with the regulation country house on one's hands, and life would be just what it has always been, without the fillip of the unexpected.|
Because of the Crash, the ideal home colony in Locust Valley would never be.
Where Valley Road and Crabapple Lane converge you can see the fan-shaped property of Pleassants Pennington's "Hedegrow". Today the property is called "Chanticleer".
|HOUSE & GARDEN JULY COVER 1928|