Monday, February 23, 2015

"JERICHO HOUSE" RESIDENCE OF MR. GEORGE EDWARD KENT, Sr., JERICHO, L. I.


RES. OF GEO. E. KENT, JERICHO, L. I. 
HOUSE FROM SOUTH WEST
HOUSE FROM SOUTH WEST
HOUSE FROM SOUTH
HOUSE FROM SOUTH

HOUSE FROM EAST
HOUSE FROM EAST
HOUSE FROM EAST TERRACE
HOUSE FROM EAST TERRACE
HOUSE FROM EAST TERRACE
HOUSE FROM EAST TERRACE
SOUTH SIDE LAWN LOOKING AT THE EAST SIDE PERGOLA
EAST TERRACE FROM CORNER OF HOUSE

EAST TERRACE FROM CORNER OF HOUSE
INSIDE PERGOLA

LOOKING WEST FROM HOUSE INTO SUNKEN GARDEN
SUNKEN GARDEN ON WEST SIDE OF HOUSE
SUNKEN GARDEN ON WEST SIDE OF HOUSE
SUNKEN GARDEN ON WEST SIDE OF HOUSE

PERGOLA ON WEST SIDE OF HOUSE
FROM WEST SHOWING PERGOLA AND POOL
FROM WEST
FROM SUNKEN GARDEN LOOKING EAST TOWARDS HOUSE
HORNBEAM WALK LOOKING FROM SOUTH SIDE OF SUNKEN GARDEN

FROM WEST SHOWING WALK


NORTH-WEST SIDE LOOKING TOWARDS HOUSE
 ON THE OTHER SIDE OF PERGOLA IS THE SUNKEN GARDEN
LOOKING WEST FROM HOUSE
SKETCH OF PROPOSED RESIDENCE FOR GEORGE E. KENT BY WILSON EYRE, 1906

   Per SPLIA "The Kent house, as built, did not reflect Eyre's hand..... and is now demolished." 

   In 1913 Architect William Welles Bosworth solicited bids in The American Contractor for the construction of Mr Kent's house  - "Architect will take bids until March 26th. Hollow tile & stucco & cast concrete stone, tar & gravel roofing. Barrett roofing felt, oak, hazelwood, whitewood & cypress trim, oak & tile floors, marble, tile, mantels, gas & electric fixtures, Atlas or Lehigh cement."

   Attorney George Edward Kent, Sr. and his wife Lillias Grace Kent were to build in the Long Island hamlet of Jericho in the town of Oyster Bay, New York.  It was going to be an expensive house: about $80,000 for construction.  (That's about $1.5 million today(2005) using the consumer price index, but $24 million using relative share of GDP.)  

Another example of the English type of house.   The airplane view shows very clearlv how, although there are other houses in the comparatively near neighborhood, the place has been so cleverly planned for seclusion that it has the effect of being part of a big estate. Country Homes of Today


Nassau County 1939 Long Island
Dolph & Stewart
Historic Aerials 1966

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