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In early autumn, while on my way to view a home at 45 Clock Tower Lane in Old Westbury, I drive through one of the many lovely, tree-engulfed back roads of Long Islands exquisite North Shore, and I drink in the beauty of the journey. My glimpse of the magnificent homes secluded away from the road and enveloped in the lush, vibrant greenery of manicured lawns, reminds me of the wealth and richness of our Long Island Gold Coast communities. I arrive at my destination and I am impressed. 45 Clock Tower Lane in Old Westbury is a beautiful property featuring English gardens, rock walls, a wrap-around terrace made of bluestone, and a putting green on the back lawn. As I stroll the impeccably landscaped 1.5 acres, I admire the lovely in-ground Gunite saltwater swimming pool that is encased in a brick country club deck, and I learn that the pool is heated with green energy and filtrated with a saline system.
45 Clock Tower Lane in Old Westbury is a residence drenched in history, yet refined and re-designed with all the modern conveniences for luxurious living. This property is known as Wheatley Hill, an area once occupied entirely by the expansive E.D. Morgan estate. E.D. Morgan was the 21st Governor of New York from 1859 through 1862, and he headed the military department as major general of volunteers in 1861 during the Civil War. E.D.
Morgan also served as chairman of the Republican National Committee, from 1856 to 1864, and then again from 1872 to 1876. Truly, E.D. Morgan was a rock star in his time.
This beautiful residence on Clock Tower Lane is built around the original chapel that Mr. Morgan built so he could have private church services on his estate. The chapel is an architectural design by the historically famous Stanford White, and the house still has the chapels original steeple, white limestone floors, and the original, antique stained glass windows created by the renowned fine artist, John LaFarge. The stained glass windows create a beautiful aura of amber afternoon light in the chapel room. In 1998, architect Alan Cooper designed this home with modern amenities, while keeping the historical integrity. The home has 5 bedrooms, 4 baths and the chapel is the centerpiece of the house.
The chapel currently serves as the living room with high cathedral ceilings and a hand-carved marble fireplace. The choir loft in the chapel above the living room is used as a fabulous media room. The large center entry-hall features dark wood floors that continue through most of the first floor of this home. French doors open to a wrap-around terrace, and an attached artists studio, overlooking the swimming pool. I imagine the studio could also serve as a cabana.
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By Carla Hall DAmbra The chefs kitchen is truly impressive with state-of-the-art appliances, a wonderful butcher block island with seating, windowed cabinets, and a pantry with a wine refrigerator. There is a lovely sun porch just off the kitchen that overlooks the putting green and the kitchen has a wonderful window over the sink that provides beautiful light in this culinary space that intrinsically flows. I can feel the comfort of this kitchen for laughter and conversation in communal gatherings. I can envision the ease of movement in preparation of a feast.
On the second floor, the center hall elegantly overlooks the first floor foyer, creating space and breath for natural light. The cozy master suite has a vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers and a tile fireplace with a wood mantle. Double doors open onto a private balcony with winter water views. There is also a wall of windows for garden viewing and natural light exposure.
The house sits on the original underground tunnels that were used to pass from building to building on the expansive historic Morgan estate, and today, in the basement tunnel, there is a 1200 bottle climate-controlled brick wine cellar with a terracotta floor and a gorgeous wood door, along with an acoustically engineered music room, as well as a workout room.
Another point worth noting about 45 Clock Tower Lane is that the detached two car garage has power lines to charge two electric cars. This modern
amenity was constructed by using a portion of one of the remaining walls from the original Clock Tower, which once housed the estates water supply till it was destroyed by the 1938 hurricane. Its a beautiful touch of re-purposing the history and moving forward in contemporary, modern living.
This artisan home is rich in so many ways. The culture of preserved history coupled with modern amenities for luxurious comforts, and a respect for the environment, all nestled in the privacy of Long Islands Old Westbury is everything one could wish for in living a beautiful life.
For more information on this beautiful home, contact Daniel Gale Sothebys International RealtyFran CovelloAssociate Real Estate BrokerGold Circle of Excellence516-922-9155516-359-7779
Marie DeVivoReal Estate Salesperson516-660-8371