Sunday, October 18, 2015

Exterior, Lillian Sefton Dodge Estate, Mill Neck, New York

Lillian Sefton Dodge Estate, also known as Sefton Manor and Mill Neck Manor Lutheran School (since 1949) for the Deaf, was designed in 1923 by the noted architectural firm Clinton Russell Wells Holton & George in 1923 for cosmetics executive Lillian Sefton Dodge.   It was owned by Robert Leftwich Dodge, advertising executive, who helped her build the firm.   The manor house is a Tudor Revival style dwelling.  Charles Leavitt designed the exterior landscape.

In 1905, Miss Sefton married an entrepreneur named Vincent Thomas who, at her urging, bought the rights to cosmetician Harriet Hubbard Ayer's name. In 1907 the two of them used it to found their own cosmetics firm. Thomas died in 1918, after which his wife built the company into one of the largest cosmetic firms in the world. In 1938 she was the highest paid female executive in America. Harriet Hubbard Ayer Inc. marketed 27 different perfumes (Mes Fleurs, Prince Charming, Brin d'Amour, Golden Note, Darling, etc., etc.), products that skin-care-only Harriet Ayer herself never would have dreamed of selling.

sunken garden

solid oak doors, 400-500 yrs old

17th century gate

Great Lawn

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