John D Rockefeller, Jr. initiated a planned community on the property he bought from his father, John Davison Rockefeller, the Standard Oil magnate. The original "Homestead", the Rockefellers' summer mansion, burned down in 1917. Parts of the land were donated for hospitals, schools and parks. In the 1920s, Rockefeller Jr. engaged New York architect Andrew J. Thomas (1875-1965) to plan an upscale residential and commercial development. For visual continuity, Thomas designed all of the homes in French Norman style featuring steeply pitched slate or terracotta tile roofs, copper gutters and downspouts, wavy-edged red cedar siding, Ohio sandstone, and brick kilned in a color pallet specially created for the development.
At the corner of Mayfield Road and Lee Boulevard stands the Heights Rockefeller Building:
On the next corner of Lee and Monticello Boulevards is the "Blue Cottage:"
Sandstone block sidewalks:
Because the development was not a commercial success (in the era of the Great Depression), building did not continue on the original plan that envisioned 600 homes.
Let's start on Brewster Road with No. 16385, a 4/3-1/2 built in 1931:
16273 Brewster Road, a 4/3-1/2 built in 1930:
2025 Mount Vernon, a 4/3-1/2 built in 1929:
Aww, a dead mouse:
16101 Cleviden Road, a 4/3-1/2 built in 1930:
Here is the back yard:
Around the corner on Northvale Boulevard, No. 16461, a 5/3 and 2 1/2 baths built in 1928:
16491 Northvale Boulevard, a 5/3 and 2 1/2 baths built in 1928:
16400 Glynn Road, a 5/3-1/2 built in 1931:
15970 Henley Road, a 5/3-1/2 built in 1930:
16038 Henley Road, a 4/3-1/2 built in 1930:
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