Long Island in Town: Once an Olympus: The Rise and Fall of Lenox Hill, 1870-1941

A Country House Lecture by Derek E. Ostergard
Sunday, January 4 at 3:00PM

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s Grace Auditorium
One Bungtown Road (off Rt. 25A), Laurel Hollow
$20 Members and Young Preservationists; $25 Non-members

After the Civil War, the East Side farm of James Lenox quickly evolved from a private, near-rural enclosure to what became unquestionably the wealthiest district on the planet – and the site of some of the most impressive residences built in any city in the early twentieth century. Lenox Hill was the “in town” home of (among others) many distinguished Long Island families including the Pratts, Fields, Clarks, and Tiffanys, and the varied architectural responses to their needs and desires made the district unsurpassed for the lavishness of the houses that were erected.

This talk explores the rapidly changing face of Manhattan’s Lenox Hill neighborhood, while focusing on the many buildings, owners, and architects who made the area an Olympus of American success.

Derek E. Ostergard is a specialist in the history of the decorative arts and architecture. The former Associate Director and Founding Dean of the Bard Graduate Center, he is a curator, an advisor to both corporate and museum collectors, and has published extensively on furniture, architecture,