"We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sunday, June 8, 2014
|186 Crescent Avenue, Water Mill|
About 1929, Lawrence Halsey (1881-1965) sold the house for $200 to Mr. and Mrs. Hendricks V. Duryea who had it moved down to the end of the not yet created Crescent Avenue and renovated into a Colonial Revival style summer retreat. Hendricks, known as "Drix" was a famous architectural photographer and muralist as well as a descendent of the wealthy starch manufacturing family from Glen Cove. During the renovation, when taking up floor boards in the attic, they discovered a penny from 1804, thus choosing the name "Penny Haven" for the residence. They hired the architectural firm of Goodwillie & Moran to design the renovation, a very well-known firm that also designed "Stone Eagles", a Tudor style mansion in Montclair, New Jersey listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
|Penny Haven in its original location about 1890. Note the original center chimney.|
|Penny Haven in its original location, about 1925. Note the dual internal chimneys and the new bay window.|
|The rear of the home today. This rear/water side was originally the front. The original front door survives.|