A century-old seaside estate in Quiogue, New York, designed by architect Wilson Eyre, who was known for designing informal county houses and for founding House & Garden magazine, is coming onto the market Tuesday for $13 million, Mansion Global has learned. Eyre (1858-1944) designed the estate around 1904 for industrialist Theodore Conklin and five generations of the Conklin family lived there until 1989, according to Enzo Morabito of Douglas Elliman, who is handling the listing.
“This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of real American history,” Mr. Morabito said. “It’s significant, it’s romantic—the house was built as a valentine by Conklin for his wife —and it’s one of the first great examples, still standing, of inside/out architecture that remains the imprimatur of living the good life in the Hamptons.”
The house’s lighting was all done by Louis Comfort Tiffany, a friend of Conklin, whose business provided metal fabrications in brass and bronze for the famed Tiffany lamps. The house still features the original woodwork, hardware and other touches—including the original 1904-engraved door knocker, double-swing carriage doors, fireplaces and at least 100–year-old rhododendrons, according to the listing.
The 9,000-square-foot house has eight bedrooms and seven-and-a-half bathrooms. Amenities include a brick-ceilinged basement, an oversized swimming pool that overlooks Quantuck Bay; a dock, a wine cellar, a home theater, a billiards room, a gym, a tennis court, staff quarters with a separate entrance, a small cottage and accessory buildings.
Amnon Shiboleth, a lawyer, bought and began restoring the home and its 6.91-acre grounds in 2000, according to the 2005 book “Meadowcroft: A Century of Elegance in the Hamptons” by Michael McKenzie, which traces the heritage of the estate, dubbed Meadowcroft. The estate is also featured in the architectural history book “Houses of the Hamptons: 1880-1930” by Gary Lawrance and Anne Surchin.
Article source: Mansion Global