United States of America, New York, Suffolk County, Islip, Bay Shore
The Admiralty (Bay Shore, New York)
The estate is composed of a series of gardens over 99 acres, ranging from a woodland setting with ponds to formal gardens and marshlands. It incorporates a series of ponds and waterfalls, lawns, and both walled and terraced gardens. There is also a Japanese garden. The original design of the estate, known as Thorneham, was planned by Vitale and Geiffert ca. 1925. Umberto Innocenti of Innocenti & Webel completed the plantings ca. 1930. After the death of Julia Stimpson Thorne in 1974, the estate was turned into a residential community of 159 town homes and one free-standing home from the original estate. The central "core" gardens and landscaping were retained and are extant as of 2007.
Persons and organizations associated with the garden include: Landon K. Thorne and Julia Stimpson Thorne (former owners, 1924-1974); the Jerry Kramer Company (former owner, 1976); the Homeowners Association at The Admiralty (owners, 1977-present); William F. Dominick (architect, 1926); Ferruccio Vitale (landscape architect, 1926-1932); Alfred Geiffert, Jr. (landscape architect, 1926-1932); Umberto Innocenti (landscape architect, 1933-?); and Hermann F. Schulz (landscape architect, 2006).
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Images are also located in the Samuel H. Gottscho Collection, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University; and in the Frances Loeb Library, Harvard University School of Design. Four images from the latter collection are included in the Library of Congress's online American Memory Collection.
The folders include work sheets, copies of contemporary (ca. 2007) aerial photos of the property, correspondence, and other information.
Garden has been featured in R. B. Mackay et al., eds., Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860-1940 (New York: Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities/W.W. Norton & Co., 1997)
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