Reflecting Friday's snow and tomorrow's Long Island blizzard forecast, here was a snowy Mystery Foto of a Motor Parkway lodge.
Mystery Foto questions:
- Identify the lodge. Provide a rationale.
The Great Neck Lodge, located in Lake Success off Lakeville Road. Rationale: The center chimney and matching porte-cochere.
- Who was the architect for the lodge?
John Russell Pope who designed the first six Motor Parkway lodges.
- What is the approximate date of the photo? Provide a rationale.
Circa 1940. Rationale: The parked 1930s/1940s car in the porte-cochere indicated the photo was taken after the Motor Parkway closed in 1938.
Comments (10) 80% correct
Congrats and kudos to Michael LaBarbera, David I, Steve Lucas, Dick Gorman, Art Kleiner, Greg O., Tim Ivers and Al Velocci for identifying the Great Neck Lodge and the 1940 approximate year of the Mystery Foto.
The Great Neck Lodge, Lake Success: Then & Now
Note the poultry and a dog.
The Great Neck Lodge in 1911 was the western terminus of the Motor Parkway.
With the expansion of the Motor Parkway into Queens, this STOP sign was installed at the Great Neck Lodge.
Thiis D.W. Griffith film "Sally of the Sawdust", starring Carol Dempster, W.C. Fields, and Alfred Lunt, was filmed in 1925 in Bayside, Greenwich and on the "Motor Parkway".
In this segment, W.C. Fields can be seen driving in the Queens and Lake Success section of the Long Island Motor Parkway. It may be the only film record of a car driving on the Motor Parkway. The Great Neck Lodge can be seen in the above film clip at 50 seconds to 57 seconds .
Caption: Great Neck 1940s. The Motor Parkway had closed and the lodge was now a private home for the former lodge-keepers.
Woman standing on the embankment of the former Lakeville Road Motor Parkway Bridge looking east toward the former lodge.
The porte-cochere was enclosed to become part of the house.
A view of the lodge looking north-west with the second-floor intact.
The lodge, minus its second floor, was incorporated as the kitchen for a much larger house.
Courtesy of Sammy & Dave Russo