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Guest House & Garden: 1945

Guest House & Garden: 1945

Oct. 13, 1945. "Childs Frick residence, 'Clayton,' Roslyn, Long Island. South facade." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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Frederick S. Copley

Was he related to artist John Singleton Copley?

My backyard

The museum grounds served as such when I lived in a nearby apartment for many years (free access to the grounds on weekdays); at the time, the cottage was in a sad state of repairs, completely overgrown & near collapse.

It was gratifying to see it restored when funds became available; the sleeping porch was not restored as it was a later addition to the original construction. What saved it was probably the sturdiness of the first floor brick nog walls, a construction technique in which bricks are used to fill the vacancies in a wooden frame.

I'm happy that the house still exists but it sure doesn't look as "cozy" as it did. Looks downright industrial. If I'm not mistaken, the room in the original picture that is upstairs and to the right was a sleeping porch. They were certainly necessary in the days before air conditioning. Wonderful nights with breezes blowing and crickets making their contribution. Scarce as hen's teeth these days, seems all renovators feel the need to remove them.

[That's a glassed-in sunroom full of potted plants. - Dave]

Built by poet William Cullen Bryant

Designed by artist Frederick S. Copley, the house was built in 1860 by William Cullen Bryant as a guest cottage. Poet Jerusha Dewey, a close friend of Bryant's, occupied it for several years. The larger Frick mansion now houses the Nassau County Museum of Art. Bryant's guest cottage is still there.

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