In 1926, Percy Pyne – the grandson of Moses Taylor, the director and president of City Bank of New York — bought the last large tract of farmland still available in Roslyn Harbor. There he developed a 90-acre estate that some 80 years later is back on the market for $5.8 million.
Pyne, whose mother was a direct descendant of Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence, commissioned the New York architectural firm of Cross & Cross to design a large Georgian Revival main residence, gatehouse, poolhouse, and gazebo, which were completed at 65 Dogwood Avenue in Roslyn Harbor around 1930. Cross & Cross are known for their work on the General Electric Building, Tiffany & Co Building, Yale School of Music, The Barclay Hotel and 20 Exchange Place.
Pyne also employed noted landscape architect Beatrix Farrand – who designed the East Colonial Garden and the West Garden by Mrs. Woodrow Wilson, the Dumbarton Oaks Estate and the JP Morgan Library — to design the extensive landscaping of his property.
The finished product was 15,000 square feet with eight bedrooms, 11 full baths and two half baths.
The home also has a large staff wing, soaring ceilings, two built in safes, his and her living rooms and a ballroom.
In 1945, the Percy Pyne Estate was subdivided for suburban development and today the restored estate sits on approximately six acres of property at the end of a long private driveway.
“It’s literally right out of the movies,” listing broker Jason Friedman of the Friedman Team at Coldwell Banker.