A Glen Cove home listed for $1.249 million is believed to have been designed by Charles A. Rich, the same architect who worked on nearby Sagamore Hill, where President Theodore Roosevelt lived for 34 years until his death in 1919, the sellers say.
Richard and Carol Landry bought the house in the mid-1980s, seeing potential in the three-story, now-4,252-square-foot Victorian, says Richard Landry. An architectural historian visited the 1893 home when the couple began making renovations and noted striking resemblances in its overall appearance and interior details, including an exact match in bathroom designs, to Sagamore Hill, says daughter Jenna Landry.
In the 1920s, when the property was known as Cole Farm, it was purchased by the late Carl S. Voelcker, an inventor, horseman and past president of the Nassau Country Club, who renamed it Quaker Lane, Richard Landry says. Voelcker bred German shepherds and raised and trained horses for the U.S. Army, he adds, and many of his business dealings are documented in paperwork the couple found in the home. Photos from the era, when the house sat on 15 acres, show a quarter-mile horse track near the back of the property.
“Before he sold that off and they developed it, Voelcker trained horses for the military parades at West Point,” Richard Landry says. “This home is only 225 yards from the train station, so it was and is an excellent location, and the road goes all the way up into Oyster Bay — which was the county seat at the time — and, if you keep going, to Sagamore Hill.”
The property now has 1.5 acres and a pool and is peppered with 100-plus-year-old trees of oak and other species. The house has four bedrooms and 3½ bathrooms, including a second-floor master suite. A first-floor addition that includes a sunroom and kitchen is fully updated — except for one detail: the home’s original, enormous, cast-iron stove remains in place. The stove and a restored claw foot tub are exact matches for those found at “Teddy’s house,” as Richard Landry describes it. He says both homes are examples of an approach to construction that belongs to a bygone era.
“It’s a balloon-frame house, meaning the ventilation goes straight up, and it has a six-foot-thick stone foundation,” he says. “They built these homes to stand forever.”
The property is listed with Violetta “Vee” Masterson of Douglas Elliman Real Estate.