Pepperidge Hall

Pepperidge Hall Oakdale, NY

I grew up in the neighborhood known as Idle Hour in Oakdale, NY. It was called that as the homes were built on the grounds of William K. Vanderbilt’s “Idle Hour” estate. Living in this neighborhood was magical. Just down Montauk Highway, across the street from my parent’s dry cleaning business in Oakdale, there also […]

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Two Thumbs Up for Stratford CT’s Historic Preservation Efforts

Stratford, Connecticut, knows the importance of historic preservation. Unlike my new home state of California, where most everything is knocked down if it is over 50 years old, Connecticut appreciates its historic homes. This is the Cordelia Sterling House, Bruce Price and Rufus W. Bunnell, architects, 1886. John Sterling commissioned this house for his mother […]

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Find the Changes

The H. Victor Newcomb residence of Elberon (Long Branch), NJ; McKim, Mead & White, architects, 1880. In its time it was considered a stunning example of the emerging American shingle style and sat comfortably between an expansive lawn and the ocean. This summer palace was built for about $33,000 and, although several changes were made […]

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