One of the best kept secrets
One of the best kept secrets in New York! Planting Fields is a magnificent Gold Coast estate from the 1920s, which survives today as a statement about art, architecture, and landscape. Located in Oyster Bay, New York and originally landscaped by the Olmsted Brothers, the grounds feature 409 acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths and outstanding plant collections. Planting Fields is one of only a few surviving estates on Long Island with its original acreage intact, as well as its buildings, including Coe Hall, a 65-room Tudor Revival mansion designed by architects Alexander Walker and Leon Gillette. It was created beginning in 1913 by William Robertson Coe and his second wife, Mai Rogers Coe, heiress and daughter of Standard Oil partner Henry Huttleston Rogers. Born in England into modest circumstances, W.R. Coe made his fortune in the U.S. as chairman of a large marine insurance company. The interior of the house is a showcase of artistry and craftsmanship and features a distinctly American aesthetic through original ironwork commissions by Samuel Yellin and murals painted by artists Robert Winthrop Chanler and Everett Shinn. Nearly a thousand such estates were built after the Civil War through about 1940, making this area the largest concentration of large estates anywhere in the U.S. Just under 60% of them survive today; about 400 are in residential use, most on reduced size lots. Planting Fields was one of the last of these estates to be created.