|The breakfast room|
Westbrook was designed by architect Charles C. Haight and was completed in 1886. An annex, built in 1890, contains a billiard room, an organ, a gentleman's smoking lounge and some guest rooms. According to our wonderful tour guide Anna, it was closed off after Bayard Cutting's death in 1912 by his wife, Olivia Bayard Cutting. It was opened every once in a while to be aired out and cleaned. It is still closed off to this day.
|The dining room|
|Fireplace in the entrance way|
William Bayard Cutting was born in 1850 and was brought up by his maternal grandparents after his mother died giving birth to his brother Robert Fulton Cutting. His father was living in France. William graduated from college in 1869, received his Master's Degree and was admitted to the bar in 1872. He married Olivia Peyton Murray five years later and they had four children, two sons and two daughters, the two sons born with tuberculosis. Their oldest daughter, Justine, lived well up until her 90's. The younger daughter cared for her mother, Olivia, until her death in 1949.
|Their son's room, Bronson Bayard Cutting|
The Bayard Cuttings were well acquainted with Louis Tiffany and his windows adorn almost every room in this Tudor style country manor home. According to our guide Anna, the dining room Tiffany window is the first to capture the morning light. I will post the windows at the bottom of this blog.
|Entrance to Westbrook|
|Rear of Westbrook|
In 1973, Westbrook was placed on the list of the National Register of Historic Places. Special thanks to our tour guide, Anna, who did so much for us today. We really enjoyed her tour today and she really took command of the large crowd that we had.
Here are the Tiffany windows I promised. A lamp is included.
|Dining room window|
|Tiffany lamp in Mr. Bayard Cutting's bedroom|
As usual, below are some links to several sites on the arboretum:
Wikipedia article on William Bayard Cutting. Click on the reference links inside article to learn more.
Wikipedia article on Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Below is East Islip's historical page on the Westbrook estate. Click on Oral 1, 2 and 3 for a complete history.
This is the official website of the Bayard Cutting Arboretum
Here is Westbrook and the Arboretum on Wikimapia. It is outlined in red.
More Tiffany windows and fireplaces at Westbrook
One last picture to leave you with. This is the beautiful rear view of the Connetquot River that the Bayard Cutting family could enjoy from every room in the house.