Western Gate House

Building Address: 4 Connetquot Drive (junction of the old Montauk Highway with the Connetquot River)

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Surveyors Names: Cristina Muia/Nancy Solomon

Survey Date: 9/04

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Building Name:  West Gate house

Date of Construction: c. 1889

Architect:Isaac H. Green, Richard Morris Hunt

Building Dimensions:

No. of Floors:2

Decorative Features: Tudor style half timbered.

Siding Material(s):Brick, stucco, half timbered.

Roof Style:Hip and cupola

Roofing Material(s): slate

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Window Style(s):stained glass, historic multi-paned

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Chimneys and Placement:  Brick interior end chimneys.

Condition:  Good

Architectural Integrity:  High

Architectural Style:  English tudor style

Description:
It is a two story English style cottage, built at a cost of $30,000. The first floor is smooth brick while the second floor is half-timber and stucco. All windows are diamond pane casements with oriel windows on the second floor.  This is yet another example of 19th century architecture of the Vanderbilt estate.

History:
The West Gate House marked the western entrance to the estate.  Located near the railroad station, the gate house served as a special train stop for arriving guests. Like the East Gate house, designed by Isaac H. Green, it also had an elaborate entrance gate attached to an iron Vanderbilt fence.  According to an Idle Hour employee list kept by Dowling College, Mrs. Maria Crawford was the West Gate house caretaker until 1897.

It is said that this house served as a refuge for William K. Vanderbilt when he discovered his wife was seeing Oliver Belmont in his absences.  It was nicknamed the “pouting house.”

Sources:
Dowling College. “The Estate and Environs.” http://www.dowling.edu/about/idlehour

Kaufman, Peter.  “A note on the Architect I.H. Green.”  Suffolk County Division of Historic Services, (nd).  Dowling College Archive

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