|Residence of S.F. Morris*, Hewlett|
Among the celebrated architects creating these magnificent country homes, was William Adams (1870-1956), a resident of Lawrence.
Adams was the grandson of the Rev. William Adams, pastor of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church and a founder of Union Theological Seminary. The younger Adams attended Yale University and later studied at Columbia University's School of Architecture. According to the Michigan Society of Architects Monthly 30 (April, 1956), p. 11,
"The earliest recorded work by William Adams is the remodelling [sic] of his own house, a handsome Greek Revival residence at No. 23 West 10th Street, in 1893. The following year, he formed a practice, which lasted until at least 1911, with Charles P. Warren and, in association, Professor A.D.F. Hamlin, former head of the School of Architecture at Columbia University."On New Years Day of 1894, Adams married Boston socialite Alice Cameron Greenleaf. Their wedding in the Berkshires was a high point of the New York and Boston society calendars. Their family soon grew to include three sons: William (b.1894), Lewis Greenleaf (1897-1977), and John Thatcher (b.1908). By 1900, the couple had left Manhattan for Lawrence.
|William Adams house at 80 Causeway|
|Adams' house - Living Room|
Adams designed and built his home at 80 Causeway, not far from real estate magnates Samuel P. Hinckley and Robert Burton, financiers James R. Keene, J. Henry Work, Talbot J. Taylor and Albert Francke. Francke, a classmate at Yale, was an usher at Adams' wedding. He was also a client. The home which Adams designed for Francke, built around 1899, is featured in the January 17, 1912 issue of American Architect and Building News.
William Adams showed a great sensitivity for designing his houses to complement their location, and for the location to enhance the house's design.
"[H]is plans capitalized on their sites, [he was admired] for the straightforward arrangement and good proportion of his rooms, and for the appropriateness of his designs to the Long Island landscape. " -- MacKay, p. 38
Most of the houses are designed in the Georgian or Federal Revival styles.
According to MacKay (p.38):
Houses by Adams have many features in common. In each, the main public rooms (entry hall, living room, dining room, and den or library) occupy the ground floor of the main block, with sun rooms in one wing and kitchen and service rooms in another wing on the opposite side of the main block.
In addition to the house designed for Albert Francke, Adams designed several other houses in the area:
- with Charles Peck Warren, Federal Revival shingled house with a gambrel roof for Mrs. S.P. Sampson, Lawrence, c.1900
- for Howard Summers Kniffin, Sr. (1870-1929), financier and partner in Kniffin and Caffrey (a hemp and jute brokerage firm) at 515 Ocean Avenue, Lawrence. The house, Restleigh was a Georgian Revival home, built in 1911. The home was later owned by Robert Morrow.
- for realty broker John F. Scott (d.1934), a brick Federal Revival-style house in Hewlett Bay Park.
|House of John F. Scott, Hewlett Bay Park|
Adams also designed the 1913 Lawrence High School building, the 1914 Woodmere Academy and the No. 4 School in Inwood, which opened in 1911 and is still in use.
|Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 17, 1911, p. 6|
A practicing architect for forty years, Adams retired in 1932. He was a member emeritus of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the University Club of New York and the Rockaway Hunting Club. William Adams died in 1956 and is buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.
Further information (some links may require H-WPL library card number)
- "Gay Times in Berkshire". (1892, Sep 25). New York Times (1857-1922) Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/94955377?accountid=11387
- "Greenleaf-Adams Wedding". (1898, Oct 26). Boston Daily Globe (1872-1922) Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/498944841?accountid=11387
- Mackay, Robert B, et. al. Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860-1940. New York : W.W. Norton, 1997.
- "Summer News from Long Island Resorts," Brooklyn Daily Eagle, July 16, 1899, p. 32.
- Warren, Charles P. "Examples of the Country house work of William Adams," Architectural Record, vol. XLIII no. VI (June, 1918) p. 505-525.
- "$150,000 Schoolhouse dedicated at Inwood," The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, June 17, 1911, p. 6.
- "William Adams, 86, was Architect." The New York Tribune/Herald Tribune, March 11, 1956, p. 66.
- William Adams family tree at Our Family Tree.
- "Norton Perkins, Lawyer and Clubman, Dies at 50," The New York Herald/New York Tribune, July 16, 1925, p. 7.
- "S.F. Morris Jr., Broker, Kin to Van Buren, Dies." The New York Herald/New York Tribune, April 10, 1925, p. 17.
- "John F. Scott: a Founder of Rockaway Hunting Club of Cedarhurst," The New York Times, January 4, 1934, p. 19.
- "H.S. Kniffen Services: Funeral for Jute Importer to Be Held in Cedarhurst Today," New York Herald Tribune, November 28, 1929, p. 23.
- "Albert Francke, on Stock Exchange," The New York Times, March 16, 1945, p. 15.
- Morris, Joel J. "Hewlett Bay Park: The Hunting Club Connection," The Nassau County Historical Society Journal, volume XLIX (1994), pp.15-26.
- "Woman Lays Cornerstone: Woodmere's New Academy will Accommodate 150 People," The New York Times, May 24, 1914, p. 33.
|House of C.Lawrence Perkins, Hewlett|