Kragsyde

Early incarnation of Kragsyde

From Wikipedia:

The original Kragsyde was commissioned by George Nixon Black, Jr. (1842–1928), heir to a Boston real estate fortune, who had been a Harvard classmate of architect Robert Swain Peabody. In 1882, Black paid $10,000 ($0.25 million today) for the 6 acre (2.4 ha) oceanfront plot on a peninsula called Smith’s Point, overlooking Lobster Bay. Local contractor Roberts & Hoare built the house, 1883-85, for approximately $60,000 ($1.60 million today). Dramatically set upon a high rock outcropping, the rambling house was famous in its day and was published both in America and Europe. Black and his sister occupied it every summer from May to October until the end of their lives.

Architectural historian Vincent Scully described Kragsyde as “a masterpiece,” and stated that “Peabody & Stearns never again, to my knowledge, created a house of such quality.”

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