Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In The Garden of Henry C. Martin, Glen Cove, Long Island

  In the garden of Henry C. Martin at Glen Cove, Long Island, rose-violet cosmos and lavender-blue sage are companioned with plum balsam and cherry-red and maroon petunias. In these richer colors the designer of flower gardens has a range of selection that is indeed inspiring. The Martin garden, of which Harrie T. Lindeberg was the architect and Charles Galanti the gardener, is perhaps one of the most colorful of modern gardens. Not only are dark blue asters planted with such flowers as blue sage and lavender thistles, but there are combinations of yellow and red flowers that would have been considered insufferable in our one-time gardens. Greenish cream and buff zinnias, saffron and salmon dahlias, giant sunflowers are in the same scene with orange marigold, deep golden coreopsis, brilliant yellow calendulas, brownish yellow gaillardias. Injected in this wide gamut of yellows are reds as startling as the scarlet of the Mexican sage. The secret, however, that permits such striking combinations is that of the impressionistic painter; intermingled with the brilliant yellows and scarlets are the brownish red of heleniums, the plum of balsams, the magenta of straw flowers, the maroon of petunias. In such company of many colors the Mexican sage and sunflowers lose their individuality yet retain the brilliancy that gives vitality to the picture and renders it scintillating with light and palpitant with color energy.


GLEN COVE, L. I., Feb. 4. 1923 The New York Times—Rescue of a common house cat by Mrs. Richard L. Davisson, daughter of William H. Porter, member of J. P. Morgan & Co.. marked the burning here today of the $150,000 home of Henry C. Martin, cotton goods broker, of 25 Madison Avenue, New York. 

  Mrs.   Davisson   was   at   the Nassau County Club, which adjoins the Martin estate, when flames were discovered in the roof. She hurried to the burning structure accompanied by several other wealthy club members and residents of the vicinity, who succeeded in saving several pieces of valuable furniture. As the blaze spread to the lower floors and further removal of the furnishings became dangerous, Mrs. Davisson saw a cat at a second-story window, and while those about, unable to restrain her, held their breath, she dashed into the blazing hallway and brought the animal to safety.

  The fire, supposed to have been started by sparks from the chimney, made steady headway, unchecked by a dozen streams of water from Glen Cove and Locust Valley fire engines, rendered ineffective by inadequate pressure. Mr. Martin, who was called from a skating party on Beaver Lake, Oyster Bay, when the fire started, recently sold the devastated residence to Colonel William N. Dykman, President of the New York State Bar Association. Exactly   to   whom   the   property belonged  at  the  time   of  its destruction could  not be learned because it is not known whether the  actual  transfer of the deed had been consummated.

  Smoke and flames  from  the burning building could be seen for miles and brought to the scene virtually the entire population of the fashionable district in which the house is situated, and, in addition to members of the Nassau County Club, members of the exclusive Beaver Dam Winter Sports Club at Mill Neck, Oyster Bay. Members of these clubs received slight burns as they aided in carrying out the antique chairs, inlaid tables and rare books which the slow progress of the fire permitted to be salvaged from the ground floor. As the flames died out, after also consuming a garage adjoining the house in the rear, many of the wealthy impromptu firemen stood guard over the rescued household furnishings until their removal to the home of Mrs. Jackson A. Dykman, daughter-in-law of Colonel Dykman,  on Duck Pond Road.

  Among those who risked a wetting and possible injury in entering the flaming structure to save its contents were Mrs. Stanhope Nixon, a guest of Mrs. Dykman; Reginald D. Whitman, who hurried to the scene from his residence at12 Highland Terrace; Mr. and Mrs. James B. Taylor Jr., who live near by; Mr. and Mrs. L. P. Fairchild of Meadow Springs, Mr. and Mrs. Clarkson Runyon Jr., whose home is on Duck Pond Road and Mr. and Mrs. George F. Bourne. The End.

E. Belcher-Hyde Map - 1914

E. Belcher-Hyde Map - 1927

BELOW - The Nassau Country Club is to the bottom left, St Andrews Lane cuts through the middle with a jog to the west just past Titus Road. Speculations and Possibilities - At the jog or turn to the west you can see landscaping/hedges that could have been the entrance. To the left of this entrance is a smaller shingled structure that is out of character to the neighborhood so perhaps it was a outbuilding of some sort. The area in question matches the above maps. What catches my eye is the double row of trees that can be seen to the west of the country club. Perfect location for "
one of the most colorful of modern gardens."
Historic Aerials - 1966

1 comment:

  1. My great great grandparents were the J.P. Fairchild's, who I am assuming were mistakenly referred to as the L.P. Fairchild's. They lived at Meadow Spring and I believe the home's address is 11 Meadow Spring Lane.