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The Admiralty 1967-2007

Landscape architect:
Geiffert, Alfred 1890-1957
Vitale, Ferrucio 1875-1933
Innocenti, Umberto
Schulz, Hermann Fred
Former owner:
Thorne, Landon K.
Thorne, Julia Stimpson
Architect:
Dominick, William F.
Landscape architects:
Innocenti & Webel
Physical description:
2 folders+ 20 35 mm. slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New York, Suffolk County, Islip, Bay Shore
New York
Bay Shore
The Admiralty (Bay Shore, New York)
Date:
1967
1967-2007
Notes:
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).
Summary:
The folders include work sheets, copies of contemporary (ca. 2007) aerial photos of the property, correspondence, and other information.
Publications:
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)
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NY872000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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