Great Architects of New York: Henry J. Hardenbergh
Samuel E. Brown House
Location
Sunnyside Island
Alexandria, N.Y.
Built
1901-1902
Style
Colonial, Rustic
Use
Originally, summer residence

This was built as a summer home for Samuel E. Brown, a wealthy manufacturer from Cleveland and Brooklyn. It is located in a unique and idyllic setting, a small island just south of the Canadian border in the Thousand Islands region.

Hardenbergh designed quite a few houses. We know about those in Mamaroneck and Babylon, N.Y., Orange, N.J., and two iterations of his own house, "Renemede," in Bernardsville, N.J. (the first one burned down). Surely there were others. This is the only one I've been able to locate so far. Thanks to Alexander Reford, who read this website and e-mailed with information, alerting me to the existence of the house.

This house, which survives unaltered, and its blueprints are described in detail by Lauren Tissot in Ah Wilderness! Resort Architecture in the Thousand Islands (Agnes Etherington Art Centre, 2004), a book published in conjunction with an exhibition on the subject.

A special thanks to John E. Hammond Jr. for taking the photos and his son Jonathan Hammond for driving the boat.


Western facade. (All photos on this page by John E. Hammond Jr.)


Southern facade.


A portion of the eastern facade.


The house is at the southwest end of Sunnyside Island, next to Idlewild Island. (Google maps)