Location: Glen Cove
Built for: Herbert L Pratt
Architect: James Brite
Guided Tours: No
The estate known as The Braes in Glen Cove is not the orignal house. The first one was a modest Georgian Rvival. The Braes version 2.0 is a massive Jacobean. Completed in 1914 for Herbert L. Prattt and part of The Pratt Oval it is an impressive structure. From the front entrance gates, it is a straight run to the house. It is unlike most other estates in this regard. With most other estates, the main house can not be seen from the road and have winding entrance approaches through trees and landscapes to build suspense. Not The Braes. Here, the entrance gates from the road frame the mansion and say, "Here I am. Check me out!"
I wasn't permitted inside since it is now The Webb Institute for Naval Architecture, but it looked pretty good from what I saw peaking in the windows. There are other buildings on the site now that were built for the school's purposes and much of the estate grounds were developed for other uses. The remaining indications of the original estate are the main entrance court and a side garden court. This garden court features the biggest wishing well I have ever seen. You could lose a small family in it. The rear or Long Island Sound side features three descending terraces. Must have been a very imposing site from the water.
This was one of several Pratt residences contained in what was known as the Pratt Oval. The other estates were: Welwyn, Killenworth, Poplar Hill and the Manor House. The oval also contained farm buildings and an administration building. Interestingly, the administration building was all torn down except for the main entrance with the clock tower. It is now oddly incorporated into a new housing development.
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