Friday, March 19, 2021

HOUSE OF D. C. NORCROSS LOS ANGELES - ROLAND E. COATE, ARCHITECT


HOUSE OF D. C. NORCROSS  LOS ANGELES
  ROLAND E. COATE, ARCHITECT


Commissioned by petroleum executive David C. and Irene Norcross on a prominent hill overlooking the Bel Air Country Club. The house features many Monterey Revival influences, as well as some intricate ironwork on a double-height balcony which references the architectural styles in New Orleans. The landscape plan was designed by A.E. Hanson.


HOUSE OF D. C. NORCROSS  LOS ANGELES
  ROLAND E. COATE, ARCHITECT



HOUSE OF D. C. NORCROSS  LOS ANGELES
  ROLAND E. COATE, ARCHITECT




HOUSE OF D. C. NORCROSS  LOS ANGELES
  ROLAND E. COATE, ARCHITECT


HOUSE OF D. C. NORCROSS  LOS ANGELES
  ROLAND E. COATE, ARCHITECT


HOUSE OF D. C. NORCROSS  LOS ANGELES
  ROLAND E. COATE, ARCHITECT


Site: instead of stepping down the various rooms with the grade, ground was excavated so that the house itself rests practically level.

Roof: rough laid hand-made tile, almost yellow in color.

Walls: covered with Gunite which in turn has been given a hand trowelled coat of stucco, resembling old-fashioned lime plaster in texture and color.

Color scheme: walls are pure white. Some windows are painted antique yellow, others green. Shutters are green; likewise the iron work.


Roots of Style: Colonial Monterey Sets the Stage for Unique Design


The house was torn down during an expansion of the property next door at 671 Siena Way

Thursday, March 11, 2021

AN ITALIAN HOUSE IN CALIFORNIA - THE PAUL PARIS HOUSE - ARMAND MONACO, ARCHITECT

THE RESIDENCE OF MR. AND MRS. PAUL PARIS IN BEL-AIR. LOS ANGELES, CAIJFORNIA. ARMAND R. MONACO, ARCHITECT.

 


SET on a hill overlooking Los Angeles, which stretches away to the south, is a new home which brings an echo of fair Tuscany into California. Many levels make the house fit the hill, for no deep cutting is necessary when a hill house is built on a hill; and much interest is added to the house when its fenestration can be made a delightful, decorative feature. Tile roof, dove cote and chimney, broken lines and overhanging story, all unite to make this house a climax to the hill.


HOME OF PAUL PARIS. BEL-AIR.
ARMAND MONACO. ARCHITECT


The entrance is formal as becomes the dignity of Californian hospitality. The garden is the intimate playground of the master who loves to place his vines and plants where they will be happiest.


THE GARAGES HAVE BEEN PLACED ON THEIR OWN LEVEL NEAR THE ENTRANCE TO THE FORECOURT. THE ROOF IS A DANCE FLOOR.


THE EAST FACADE OF THE PARIS HOUSE.
 ARMAND MONACO, ARCHITECT

On one eastern level is a great oak under which are the tables and chairs of those who live out-of-doors, on the next level below, to the southeast, is a great swimming pool and in the forecourt a beautiful marble wellhead from Italy.


DETAIL OF THE PAUL PARIS HOUSE.
ARMAND MONACO ARCHITECT; MONTI STUDIOS, DECORATIONS BY ALFREDO ORSELLI.


The interior is most interesting because of the keen sympathy between the architect and the client. Opposite the entrance is a wide doorway into the handsome drawing room. Two or three steps lead down to this, the important level of the house. 


THE SOUTH FACADE SHOWING END OF THE UPPER PORCH


Wide windows open out to the glorious view of city and the distant harbor. In the immediate foreground is a half circle of lawn edged by a balustrade and centered in a great statue, the discus thrower. To the right one steps down again into the library, and below it to the west is an open loggia or billiard room. Thus every level is used and made to add to this interesting hill house; no one level could be so charming, no flattened hill top so full of variety and beauty.  


IN THE STATELY DINING ROOM THE WINDOWS OPEN TO THE EAST. DECORATIONS BY MONTI STUDIO, ALFREDO ORSELLI AND R. MONTELBODDI.

The dining room, whose three great window's are enclosed in a balcony railing of wrought iron work, is a room of dignity, and its accompanying breakfast room in the octagon adds its dainty beauty of morning-glory colors as a foil. Above it is the second story porch and each bedroom has its privacy increased by having its own level.


For furnishings M. Paul Paris has imported from his native Italy many beautiful objects of art and, having directed the building of his own home, has succeeded in making its furnishings appropriate to the Italian architecture.


Yet in no way has the architect, himself an Italian trained first in America and then in Italy, been thwarted in his successful effort to make a California house perfectly adapted to our scenery and the contours of the beautiful hill country northwest of the metropolis.


THE CEILING OF THE DRAWING ROOM IS DELIGHTFUL IN THE RESTRAINED BEAUTY OF DECORATIONS. MONTI STUDIO, BY R. MONTELBODDI


From the Monti Studios has come the beautiful decoration of the ceiling. Softly the design has been wrought on the wooden beams and between them. Beautiful in itself is the design, restrained, and yet gratifying the desire for color and clever outline.


THE CEILING OF THE DINING ROOM. MONTI STUDIO, DECORATORS BY ALFREDO ORSELLI. BORDERS BY R. MONTELBODDI


In the Dining Room, which opens to the east, is the beautiful ceiling with the center panel, by Alfredo Orselli, representing the Aurora welcoming the dawn. 




An effort was made to show in this issue the  exquisite color scheme of this ceiling. But it proved impossible to reproduce it. Yet, in black and white the satisfying quality of the composition and its surrounding pattern is manifest. Mr. Alfredo Orselli, responsible for the painting of the Aurora panel and also the great Chevalier in the entrance hall, and Mr. Montelboddi, responsible for the painting of the living room ceiling, the decoration around Mr.Orselli’s dining room ceiling panel and the Pompeiian bath room, have made it possible, in the application of their early Italian training and work at the easel, for California to share this beauty of Italian interiors with its rich Pompeiian red and black and its dignity.


THE POMPEIIAN DECORATIONS OF THE BATH ROOM ON THE SECOND FLOOR TAKE THE HISTORY OF THE VASE AS MOTIF. R. MONTELBODDI DECORATOR. ARMAND MONACO, ARCHITECT. LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA


Altogether this house is a distinct addition to our Californian architecture of the home and forms a relief to the more severe types which have by their square masses failed to express the variety and beauty of California which, as shown below, is like that of Italy.



CALIFORNIA SOUTHLAND COVER - JULY, 1927
A Design by Claude G. Putnam

I've yet to find location or if the home still stands. The only mention I've found for Paul Paris is a Los Angeles Times article from 1921. 

 

September 21, 1921

BRYSON APARTMENTS

"HOTEL MAN BUYS LEASE ON BRYSON

Paul Paris Closes Deal Here Involving Nearly Million Dollars

The size of the furnishings, together with the execution of a new long-term lease, on the "Bryson Apartments", at the corner of Wiltshire Boulevard and Rampart street to Paul Paris, who recently disposed of his interests in the Angelus Hotel, was announced yesterday by Carson-Minster & Co., hotel brokers, who handled the transaction. Through this deal, Mr. Paris has acquired a twelve-year lease on the big building, at a total consideration of almost $1,000,000

Mr. Paris also was formerly identified with some of the leading hotels of Seattle and Portland." 

https://la.curbed.com/2018/4/6/17182172/raymond-chandler-los-angeles-history-bryson

The Monaco Family; Armand Monaco is the gentleman on the upper left with the full head of hair.


Some notable homes designed by Armand Monaco - 


Former beach home of J.J. Haggarty. Current site of The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates.



Residence for Betty Blythe in 1925. 


Betty Blythe(1893 – 1972) was known for her dramatic roles in exotic silent films such as The Queen of Sheba (1921); she was one of the first actresses to appear in the nude in film during the Roaring 20s. 



Thursday, January 28, 2021

A DAY'S PHEASANT SHOOT AT "CAUMSETT"

 

A DAY'S PHEASANT SHOOT
SHOWING SEVEN DRIVES ON THE MARSHALL FIELD ESTATE - LLOYD NECK, L.I.



IT IS 7:30 o’clock of a late November morning on the 1,200-acre estate of Marshall Field on Lloyd Neck, Long Island. Standing along the right of the long driveway near the house are thirty employees of the estate, the men who keep the woods in order, or make paddocks for the polo ponies, cut the lawns, trim up the rock gardens and woody glades.

"Caumsett" Horse Transport Trailer

It is 7:30 in the morning, and they have two hours to wait for a glass-paneled Buick omnibus to come down the driveway from the mansion followed by two Reo trucks.



In the omnibus are Mr. Field’s ten guests for the day’s pheasant shoot. One of the trucks is full of ammunition and men to put it into the guests’ guns. The other truck is the vehicle which, after each rise of birds, will return with dispatch to the larder, where men are ready to hang up the game that has been killed.


The Pheasant on Long Island 
Courtesy Dr. Edgar Burke
Fortune 1931


The birds are brilliant. They are waiting quietly in the woods which the thirty woodsmen—who this morning are called beaters—will soon enter. They are ringnecked pheasants and—even more dazzling in the shafts of early sun this autumn day—a cross between the ring-neck and the Versicolor, a cross called Melanistic Mutant, which Mr. Field’s Scottish gamekeeper and landscape engineer, Douglas Marshall, evolved to satisfy himself that Melanistic Mutant was not a strange new species but just an accident. 


Gamekeeper Douglas Marshall


Douglas Marshall is a competent and intensely interested person, is ready to take his place in the center of the strung-out line of beaters. He will do this as soon as the shooting guests have been driven down a grass-carpeted clearing in the woods to the meadow where the first stand is made. Three months ago this meadow was belt high with goldenrod. Now it it mowed clear and is the edge of the rising wood.



Strung out up the shorn goldenrod field are stakes with cards wedged in their tops. On each card is a number. The shooters have drawn for places; each takes his place, his loader behind him. No. I standing far up the field and somewhat around its far corner, so that to No. 10 the line of guns makes a shallow arc. The sportsmen take shells from their loaders (No. 5 or 6 shot, three drams of powder), and sniff the morning air, eye the wood. 



They come to sharp attention as a bugle sounds down the hill. That is Gamekeeper Marshall starting the first drive. The gunners begin to hear a sound of sticks tapping against trees.


A group of pheasants is called a bouquet. This term is used for pheasants when they are flushed. When they are flushed, they fly away forming a beautiful colored spectacle that looks like flowers.


The fine, meticulously planned objective of Gamekeeper Marshall’s year long job is to make sure that his pheasants shall fly at each rise high and fast over the line of gunners, and in a steady stream, not a sudden, uncontrolled burst. To this end he captains the line of beaters from the center to keep it steady and even. The birds are fed in this first wood. They are plentiful (perhaps 600 of them) and comparatively tame on this first drive of the day. As the beaters come through, tap-tapping steadily on tree boles, a thickening throng of graceful, running shapes, their rustle increasing as the number grows, moves toward the clearing where the gunners wait. The crest of the hill is reached. A few birds take wing, the hens with a soft rush of wings, the brazen-purple breasted cocks with a cackling cry that is the first loud sound of the morning. The next loud sound follow’s. The sport is on.

All that remains of the buildings in this area are some foundations and fence posts. Two long clearings mark the location of the outdoor part of the pheasant pens.


As the birds sail out over the exploding line of the shooters, their number is thinned, and the tumult of the scene is dully punctuated by the thud of dropping birds on the coarse turf. At this first rise, 135 birds or so will be killed. Cripples that streak, hobble, or coast across the open ground into the next cover will be marked by the loaders or by Gamekeeper Marshall and his line of beaters, who now emerge from the brush on the hill’s crest. The dogs are brought on to retrieve—four or five strong, sleek Labradors in black or gold. Pipes and cigarettes are lighted while the field is cleared and the guests assembled at the glassed-in bus.





ON TO STAND NO. II

Careful as any police chief or fight promoter, Gamekeeper Marshall has the next drive half organized already. Three or four of his oldest, most trustworthy men have been posted as “stops” all this while on the next lane to the westward (see map), each with a white flag which he has been waving gently to keep birds from the first rise, or already in the second cover, from running beyond the lane in their fright at the sound of guns. As the guns reach Stand No. II, the stops move to their next station.


"Caumsett" Aerial 1937


Meantime, the order of shooters has changed. No matter what celebrated marksman may be present, he and all the rest move down the line of gunners one number, so that No. 10 is now No. 1. And on this drive there are four walking guns. The four highest numbers walk. They walk through four “rides” (bridle paths) thoughtfully cut for them through the cedar and sumac thicket that constitutes this second cover. They walk just behind the line of beaters, and their instructions are that they may shoot only birds which double back over the beaters’ heads. Shooting at birds forward (or at rabbits) puts one in disgrace or out of the field altogether. But a walking gunner will have little temptation. This second cover is small; the fun soon begins. The line of guns on the lane becomes loudly audible before the walking gunners are anywhere near range. The latter halt when they come to stakes again marked for them. On goes the banging until the last bird has risen and the autumn scene falls quiet again save for the voices of men with dogs, men making alibis or apologizing.


1930 aerial showing the open fields.


Hardest shooting of all in this day’s round at the Field estate is at Rise No. IV. Here Gamekeeper Marshall “drives blank” (without guns at the clearing) a cover 400 yards long, to fill the far corner of the woods with all the  birds that have been missed on the first three drives plus many more not yet started. The line of beaters then splits, reunites at the eastern edge of the wood (by the highway), and starts back.


Remains of Gamekeepers' Cottage 

The guns are placed on ground which slopes sharply toward them, and which is crowned with locusts of a size seldom seen off Long Island. Many of the birds that will now fly have been so thoroughly frightened before this that they will rise late, fast and high before the beaters’ urging. They will be forty to sixty yards in the air going over, the truest test yet of eyes, fingers, and guns which may have been killing well among birds that flapped or coasted over. These birds are corkscrewing for altitude and rocketing for speed. Gamekeeper Marshall knows who can shoot and who can't after Rise No. IV—where everyone eats lunch after the banging is done.


View from 2020 showing Meadow Lane and the homes built in the once open field. Street above Meadow Lane - Ring Neck Ridge pays homage to all the slaughtered birds.

There are three more drives after lunch. Especially fine and sporty is the Berry Rise, over the ruin of a house where lived a man named Berry. The corner of the six-foot fence which again causes the running birds to seek sudden altitude is guarded by a white pine towering even above the giant locusts. Berry Rise is hard shooting, but the cover is an especially rich one. Not less than 150 birds, and perhaps 185, should be taken here by ten guns.



Farther on is Rise No. VI, where a double line of gunners is formed by Gamekeeper Marshall because the cover is narrow and thick. The day’s shoot illustrated by the map is one of four available on this acreage. The whole plan affords a two-day shoot every two weeks from late November through February, with 4,000 to 7,000 birds raised in the breeding pens according to weather and luck with plagues. ***Their descendants can occasionally still be seen roaming in the woods and fields. ***


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RAISING PHEASANTS ON LONG ISLAND
 Advice to the Beginner on Incubation, Rearing and Control of Vermin By DOUGLAS MARSHALL Gamekeeper at Caumsett





COVER - FORTUNE - 1931

Monday, March 2, 2020

"Pelican Farm" Joseph Cornelius Rathborne, Jr., Old Westbury, New York


Two Southerners build a Long Island country home.

Named for the state bird of Louisiana, the Pelican. 

TO build a house is easy. Any one with sufficient money can do it. The other necessities are few—land, an architect, an interior decorator, a builder. The combination of these will result in a fine, solid structure, calculated to keep out the weather for years to come and to provide storage space for the owner’s belongings.

To build a house that, in mass and detail, expresses the background, tastes and interests of its occupants is another matter. It calls for years of planning, the determination to fulfill wishes, and the imagination to carry them through to full fruition. All of which is by way of introduction to the still incompleted Long Island home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Cornelius Rathborne.

The Rathbornes knew what they wanted, and went methodically about the job of getting it. Together, they spent more than a year going over plans. They wanted a house that would be large enough, comfortable, adapted to its site, and of an architecture familiar to them. Both are Southerners, Mrs. Rathborne from Maryland, Cornelius Rathborne from Louisiana. From Maryland spring the modified southern Georgian lines of the house, while Louisiana supplies its name.



Master bedroom wing overlooking pond.
In the rear the house forms a deep, three sided court with a semi-circular patio, flagstoned, and fenced in lacy white-painted wrought iron. Below and in full view are a paddock, exercise field and track. As this is written a stable is being built. 


 J. C. "Cokey" Rathborne
Rathborne captained his own team THE PELICANS, a 12-goal team.

A polo player of note, Rathborne has followed the galloping game in this country, in the Argentine and in India and England; both he and Mrs. Rathborne are enthusiastic riders to hounds.

A swamp was drained to make a swimming pool above the pond which is shown in the photograph above, and into which the pool drains. The sporting equipment of Pelican Farm is completed by a regulation squash court in the cellar of the house.



Approached along a gravelled lane running through a young orchard, the house already appears to belong to its surroundings.

The approach to the house is delightful. Turning off the surfaced road, the visitor enters a gravelled lane which runs through a thrifty young orchard. A right angle turn then brings him face to face with the entrance court. It is at this point that, knowing the ample proportions of the house, the near-genius of its design is first apparent. The charming home hugs the ground, and seems to flow with the gentle contours of the land.

Front Entrance.
To have a house of the desired proportions on the site selected, and yet have it appear intimate and unpretentious, was a problem which W. Lawrence Bottomley, the Rathbornes’ architect, solved in ingenious fashion. Beautifully mellowed hand-made Virginia brick, one-quarter oversize, was used in the construction. The doors and windows are also oversize, and this enlargement of detail has the seemingly contradictory effect of reducing the appearance of size. A large cobblestone court, surrounded by a brick wall, in which stand a number of fine trees, further contributes to the illusion on the approach side of the house.


Light, lots of it, distinguishes the whole house; the high-ceilinged living room is particularly bright.

Again, in the interior, is seen the intenseinterest of the Rathbornes in the construction of a dwelling that was to be a reflection of themselves. Mrs. Rathborne worked hand-in-hand with the McMillan Studios in the work of decoration, and her taste is everywhere evident in the delicate pastel colors and the originality of the decorative detail.



Looking from the living room to dining room; lion, tiger and panther skins in middle-ground.

Between the living and dining rooms, and opening on to the turf and flag-stone terrace, is a generous space, half hall and half reception room, the floor of which is at present covered with splendid lion skins and with those of other big game animals which have fallen to the marksmanship of the Rathbornes. It is Mrs. Rathbornes intention to convert this into a likeness of the Irish paddock room in the painting by James Reynolds, and she has already started to collect the necessary furniture and trappings.


Arresting indeed are the spirited murals in the dining room; they depict British sports in India in the early I800's and are rendered from old engravings.

Nor did the interest of Cornelius Rathborne confine itself to the grounds and to the exterior. Perhaps the most striking room in the house is the dining room, and its decoration was his conception. During the course of a sporting visit to India he came across a copy of a book, “British Sports of the East,” by Capt. Thomas Williams, published in 1807, containing 40 magnificent colored engravings by Samuel Howett, depicting tiger shooting, pig sticking and other active diversions of the day and place.


The Hog At Bay
Oriental Field Sports
 Samuel Howett

Death Of The Bear
 Oriental Field Sports
 Samuel Howett
Being an enthusiastic big-game shot, as well as a horseman and fisherman, Rathborne was greatly interested in the book and its illustrations and, when the time came, commissioned the mural painter, D. C. Sindona, to decorate the walls of the dining room with ceiling-high reproductions of the spirited and brilliantly colored engravings. Details of the striking results are shown in an accompanying photograph.

Panelled in pecky cypress the library is intimate and comfortable.

Another room which displays great originality as well as adherence to the dominating scheme—the Rathbornes’ own tastes and interests—is the library. This charming and intimate room is paneled in Louisiana pecky cypress. Whitewashed and rubbed down with wax, this ancient wood takes on a luminous, modern look. 


An example of Louisiana pecky cypress,

The rug is a wonder. It was hand-woven, according to a design supplied them, by Nova Scotia fisherwomen, during long winter months. It has a greyish-green background on which are sizeable, oyster-white medallions in which are worked the likenesses of game birds and graceful representations of leaves, grasses and rushes.

Another room on the first floor which is still in the process of furnishing is a Victorian bed room. Just now it contains only a magnificent canopied, mahogany four-poster bed, the gift of Mrs. Rathborne, Senior. When completed it should present a startling yet charming contrast to the bright simplicity of the rest of the house.


Master bedroom is done in white, with yellow notes in the rug and spread.

The second floor is given over largely to the quarters of the two Rathborne children. Three large, sunny bed rooms, the one in the center occupied by the nurse, and a long vaulted play room, running the full depth of the house, permit of all varieties of indoor juvenile activity and obviate any necessity for admonitions to quiet.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Cornelius Rathborne watch the running of the Maryland Hunt Cup.


Despite its newness—the Rathbornes moved in only three years ago—it has already an air of belonging to its surroundings and with its owners’ evident goal of permanence and stability, it should, in a few more years, take on that mellowness usually associated with far greater age.


E. Belcher-Hyde Map Nassau County 1939 Long Island 
 The country surrounding Pelican Farm is one to delight the eye and warm the heart of any one of rural tastes. Although only 25 miles from New York, the winding Long Island roads retain the picturesque quiet of their bucolic origin. It is primarily a horseman's country, this around Old Westbury, and one may drive for a long time without seeing any wire.


One could ride for hours across the endless wooded trails and fields of Muttontown, Westbury, and the Brookvilles. Trails stretched across the North Shore for 50 miles, and one could ride from Locust Valley through the Brookvilles and as far south as the Phippses in Westbury. 
AERIAL SOURCE
Paddocks and pastures fenced with post and rail, open fields and woods succeed one another in a way which it would be surprising to find near any large city, but which is as astonishing as it is refreshing to come upon, less than an hour’s distance from the greatest metropolis in the world.





WILLIAM LAWRENCE BOTTOMLEY
"Pelican Farm" was the last home designed on Long Island by the architect.

INTRODUCTION
"Modern highways built by Robert Moses also changed the landscape. Delayed at first, Old Westbury estate owners successfully campaigned to divert the Northern State Parkway away from the village and their large properties. The solution became known as Objectors’ Bend, which is the sudden, almost 90-degree turn south on the parkway as one approaches Old Westbury from the west. The path of the Long Island Expressway was their second battle and caused much debate, as Robert Moses’s plans called for the expressway to cut through the middle of places like the village of Old Westbury. The estate owners were not victorious, and the expressway divided villages and estates in half. Places like J. Cornelius Rathborne’s Pelican Farm were razed, and William P. Thompson’s and F. Skiddy von Stade’s driveways from Jericho Turnpike were divided in half, with several picturesque allees of trees starting on one side of the expressway and ending on the other."

Feb 25, 1937—Plans have been completed by the Long Island State Park Commission and the State Department of Public Works for construction of a nine-and-one-half-mile Parkway connecting the easterly terminus of Northern State Parkway and Wantagh State Parkway at its junction with the Southern state parkway.

Opening of the entire system to traffic is scheduled for the Spring of 1939, in time for the World’s Fair.



Daily News(New York, New York) 04 Aug 1957 
The LISPC has proposed that the Wantagh Parkway be extended north through part of Westbury to join up with Jericho Turnpike and eventually with the Long Island Expressway.


Plans "have advanced to the point where they have already condemned 19 plots of land." 

In the late 1950's, New York State Department of Public Works acquired the right-of-way for an extension of the Wantagh State Parkway north to the Long Island Expressway (I-495), where it would meet between EXIT 39 and EXIT 40 in Old Westbury. According to the 1959 Nassau County Master Plan, the Wantagh Parkway extension was to include a full "diamond" interchange at NY 25 (Jericho Turnpike) in Westbury.

Citizens protested and were "unalterably opposed to an extension that would go through any part of the Village of Westbury."


You can clearly see the green gap between devolpment where the path of the connector was to be routed. 

Now the sight of Bethel United Pentecostal Church. wikimapia location.


In its 1970 master transportation plan, the Nassau-Suffolk Regional Planning Board recommended the northward extension of the Wantagh State Parkway to Old Brookville, near the intersection of NY 25A and NY 107.

An early view showing the first estates to come to the area. Property that became "Pelican Farm" belonged to George Powell, now remember in the road Powell's Lane. The area north known as Broad Hollow Woods inspired the estate name of for F. Ambrose Clark, "Broad Hollow".
E. Belcher-Hyde Map Nassau County 1906 Long Islan

Architect Julian Peabody of Peabody, Wilson & Brown builds his home on the Powell property and the rest is now owned by Thomas LeBoutellier.  Tyler Morse takes over the Sydney Smith property and builds "Morse Lodge" .
E. Belcher-Hyde Map Nassau County 1914 Long Island 


Gustave Maurice Heckscher, an aviator and polo player, purchased property and renamed the estate "Upland House". From there  Rathborne acquires a portion to build "Pelican Farm".
E. Belcher-Hyde Map Nassau County 1927 Long Island
 

Check the area for some of the pictured names and their Long Island Gold Coast estates.


Rathborne bought Beneventum Plantation after learning about the quality of hunting in the Georgetown, S. C. area from friend and Yale classmate James P. Mills, whose parents owned Windsor Plantation. Nancy was friends with Alice du Pont who married Mills.



The Monroe News-Star • 22 Jul 1954
Orleans Business 

Leader Dies in
Boston Hospital

NEW ORLEANS UP — Joseph Cornelius Rathborne, 45-year-old Harvey business leader and a director of the Times-Picayune Publishing Company, died in Boston late last night.


Oyster Harbors

He left Harvey last month to vacation with his family at their home at Oyster Harbors, near Osterville, Mass. He entered the Massachusetts General Hospital at Boston on Saturday.

Cause of his death was not disclosed.

He had been president of the Joseph Rathborne Land Company at Harvey since 1938. He also was a director of the National Bank of Commerce here the Oil Royalties Association, and the Jefferson Parish Homestead Association. He had served as a director of the Fair Grounds Corporation.

Rathborne attended St. Paul’s School, Concord, N. H., and was graduated from Yale in 1931. He captained the Yale polo team in his senior year. That year he headed an expedition from Yale’s Peabody Museum to Kenya, East Africa.

He was connected with the New York Trust Company from 1933 to 1937 and was a partner in the banking form of H. E. Talbott and Company from 1937 to 1940.

He served with the Eighth Fighter Command in Europe during World War II and was discharged with the rank of major.

Rathborne was a member of the United States polo team which played England in 1930 and he played in the open championship matches at Meadowbrook, L. I., as a member of the Hurricane team. He has played with such top-ranking mallet stars as the Bostwicks and the Guests.


"Refuge Plantation" Harvey Louisiana
HARVEY The Houston of Louisiana
Still standing and owned by the Rathborne family.
100 Pailet Dr, Harvey, LA 70058

After leaving the New York Trust Company, Mr. Rathborne returned to New Orleans, where his family had formerly made their home, and he became head of the Joseph Rathborne Land Company.



MRS. NANCY HUIDEKOPER RATHBORNE
She was married to Rathborne Nov. 23, 1935. An alumnus of Bryn Mawr, she made her bow to the 400 at the Bachelors Cotillon in Baltimore in 1933.


The wedding was held at "Long Branch", ancestral home of her grandmother Mrs. Hugh Mortimer Nelson, near Millwood, Va.


Mr. and Mrs. J. Cornelius Rathborne of Westbury. N. Y., are shown grinning in their parachute seat 125 feet above the ground four and a half hours after a cable had jammed. In an attempt to free the chute wires were cut causing their seat to sway wildly and almost dumped them into a net firemen had spread below. They were rescued 45 minutes after this picture was taken by Jerome Zerbe, a close friend, who was hoisted up on a neighboring cable to cheer them up.

On July 11, 1939, Mr. Rathborne and his first wife the former Nancy Nelson Huidekoper, attracted wide attention when they were stranded for more than five hours on the parachute jump at the New York World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows. From 11:30 p.m. that night until 4:35 the next morning the couple dangled in a canvas chair at a 30-degree' angle 110 feet in the air, the lines of a pulley having been fouled during the ascent to the top of the parachute tower. A crowd estimated at 30,000 gathered to watch rescue attempts.


On the evening following their mishap in the company of Mayor LaGaurdia, they made a successful jump from the tower. She put her foot down hard when newsreel cameramen, dissatisfied with the pictures they had obtained of the ride, suggested that the young couple take still another trip.


 MRS. J. CORNELIUS RATHBORNE
ABOARD AIRLINER THAT CRASHED INTO GULF

His first wife died Feb. 14, 1953 when an airliner crashed in the Gulf of Mexico en route to New Orleans from Miami, Fla., killing the 46 passengers and the crew.


CRASH SITE—Map locates area in Gulf of Mexico, southeast of Mobile, Ala., where wreckage of downed National Airlines - FLIGHT 70 - DC-6 was spotted.

She was with a party returning to New Orleans after a two-week cruise aboard the Rathborne’s yacht, Milihini, in the Caribbean. Her husband reportedly remained in Miami, Fla., where the yacht was docked.




Mr. & Mrs.(Beatrice Trostel) J. Cornelius Rathborne, Jr. at Trader Vics San Francisco.

Survivors include his second wife, the former Beatrice Trostel of Milwaukee who he married five months ago and four children by a previous marriage, J. C. Rathborne III, Prescott H Rathborne, Nancy Winship Rathborne and Ernestine Rathborne.



Mrs. Beatrice Trostel Rathborne attended Rosemary hall, Greenwich, Conn.; was graduated from the Spence School in New York and studied also at Wesllesley College. She married Rathborne February 21, 1954.



Valley Morning Star (Harlingen, Texas) • 15 Jun 1955
Mrs. Rathborne Hangs Her Self

MILWAUKEE. Wis , June 14 — UP Mrs. Beatrice Trostel Rathborne, 42, socially — prominent widow of a Louisiana newspaper executive and businessman, hanged herself Tuesday in the recreation room of her brother’s home here.

She was the widow of Joseph Cornelius Rathborne, Harvey, La., and the daughter of a prominent Milwaukee family.

Rathborne, who died last July at the age of 45, had been a director of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, board chairman of the Joseph Rathborne Land Co. of Harvey and a director of the National Bank of Commerce of New Orleans.

Mrs. Rathborne's family operates the Albert O. Trostel & Sons Co., one of the nation’s largest tanners.

A family spokesman said she had been despondent since the death of Rathborne and of her divorced first husband. Fred Weicker Jr., this March.


Mrs. Rathborne made her home in Harvey, near New Orleans, and came here to visit her mother after undergoing treatment at a Louisiana clinic and at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.


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