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Groton Place, 1937; 2000-2007

Former owners:
Hicks, Jacob
Titus, John
Winthrop, Robert W
Winthrop, Beekman
Winthrop, R. D
Sedgwick, Henry Renwick
Winthrop, Grenville Lindall 1864-1943
Deed holder:
Willis, William
Provenance:
North Country Garden Club of Long Island
Landscape architects:
Innocenti & Webel
Architects:
McKim, Mead & White
Physical description:
2 folders 14 35mm. slides (photographs)
Type:
Mixed archival materials
Place:
United States of America, New York, Nassau, Old Westbury
New York
Old Westbury
Groton Place (Old Westbury, New York)
Date:
1937
1937-2007
1937 2000-2007
Notes:
The landscaping for Groton Place was designed in the 1930s by Umberto Innocenti and Richard K. Webel, featuring uninterrupted axial passages with stopping places but no feeling of enclosure. Since then the trees on the property have matured, the serpentine yew hedge has filled in, and the original oval rose garden has been converted to flowering shrubs. A ha-ha separates the house and the ornamental gardens from horse pastures. A pinetum shades the rectangular swimming pool, and woodlands on the property are filled with native trees and shrubs. A mature cedar alleĢe leads to the stables, the one example of a passage that ends in a structure. Architects McKim, Mead & White designed a house and outbuildings at Groton Place in 1912, but that house was razed in 1948 and another Georgian house on the property built in the 1930s is the residence of the current owners.
In 1968 a parcel of 250 acres of land was sold to a golf club, and the remaining 108 acres of Groton Place were placed in a conservation easement for protection.
Persons associated with the garden include William Willis (deed holder, 1700s); members of the John Titus and Jacob Hicks families (former owners, 1700s-circa 1895); Robert Dudley Winthrop (former owner, 1895); Beekman Winthrop (former owner, 1912); Grenville L. Winthrop (former owner, 1940); Robert W. Winthrop (former owner, 1943-1997); Henry Renwick Sedgwick (architect, 1932); McKim, Meade & White (architects of former house and stables, circa 1912); Umberto Innocenti (d. 1968) & Richard K.Webel (d. 2000)(landscape architects, 1930s).
Summary:
The folder includes worksheets, photocopies of articles and other information.
Publications:
This property is featured in North Shore Long Island: Country Houses 1890-1950 by Paul Mateyunas, Acanthus Press; Making a Landscape of Continuity: The Practice of Innocenti & Webel by Gary R. Hildebrand, Editor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Great American Stables by Richard V.N. Gambril and James C. Mackensie, The Derrydale Press; "Country Life" publication in 1934
Topic:
Gardens
Local number:
NY447000
Data Source:
Archives of American Gardens

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