Preservation Long Island’s long tradition of publication has contributed significantly to fostering a greater understanding and appreciation of Long Island’s cultural heritage. Through the development of studies, catalogues, and monographs, the Society provides an opportunity to explore salient themes in regional history through a variety of subjects including architecture, design, and decorative arts.
Please call the Preservation Long Island office at 631-692-4664 to order any of the books listed below.
Gardens of Eden: Long Island’s Early Twentieth Century Planned Communities
Edited by: Robert B. MacKay
This study explores Long Island’s first wave of suburbanization: the planned communities, or “residential parks,” of the early twentieth century that were created by ambitious real estate developers using the ideals of the Garden City Movement to attract a growing middle class in search of country living
Long Island Landscapes and the Women Who Designed Them
Author: Cynthia Zaitzevsky
This stunningly illustrated book closely examines the work of six designers: Beatrix Farrand, Martha Hutcheson, Marian Coffin, Ellen Shipman, Ruth Dean, and Annette Hoyt Flanders, as well as a dozen outstanding landscape architects of the second generation who pioneered the professionalization of women in the field of landscape design. Through the lens of their Long Island commissions (which made up the greater part of their work), these women are brought to life through their contributions to a new profession.
Harbor Hill: Portrait of a House
Author: Richard Guy Wilson
Designed by Stanford White and rarely out of the news during its brief but celebrated life, Harbor Hill was as one of the most lavish country houses built in the United States. Located in Roslyn, Long Island, it was commissioned by Katherine and Clarence Mackay and was the extravagant product of social aspiration in an age of opulence. As a portrait, this book embraces the creation of Harbor Hill by larger story of striving that encompasses western mining, old versus new wealth, religious differences and the building of a church, art collecting, and the many people who built and ran the house and gardens.
Long Island Country Houses and Their Architects, 1860-1940
Edited by: Robert B. MacKay, Anthony K. Baker & Carol A. Traynor
Long Island’s natural beauty, easy access from New York City, and suitability for yachting and other recreational pursuits made it the perfect place for the leisure class and from the Civil War to World War II, almost 1000 estates were built there for some of the nation’s richest and most prominent families. This important volume is both a rich architectural history and a compendium of the architects and firms who designed these breathtaking homes
Useful Art: Long Island Pottery
Author: Cynthia Arps Corbett
Long Island Is My Nation: The Decorative Arts & Craftsmen, 1640-1830
Author: Dean F. Failey
Reduced Price: $29.95
This definitive work on Long Island Decorative Arts by Dean F. Failey was first published in 1976 as the catalog to a Bicentennial year exhibition and republished twenty-three years later with many new discoveries included. The extensive appendices include lists and sketches of woodworking craftsmen, silversmiths, clockmakers, watchmakers and pewterers.
Anchor to Windward: The Paintings and Diaries of Annie Cooper Boyd, 1880-1935
Edited by: Carolyn Oldenbusch
Edited by Carolyn Oldenbush, Anchor to Windward combines the art and diary observations written between 1880 and 1935 of Sag Harbor artist, Annie Cooper Boyd, presenting a remarkable cultural portrait of the East End community. It was published in 2010 by SPLIA and the Sag Harbor Historical Society.
Discovering the African American Experience, 1620-1860
Author: Dr.Grania B. Marcus
Designed as a source manual for Social Studies teachers, this publication, first published in 1988 and reprinted in 1995, includes African American documents and illustrations.
Today’s Children in Yesterday’s Houses
Author: Wendy Aibel-Weiss
This source book for the lone professional in small historic house museums, by former SPLIA educator, Wendy Aibel-Weiss covers issues in volunteer management, methods for using objects to teach social history, teaching aesthetics and exploring sensitive subjects. It was published in 1986.
Long Island Domestic Architecture of the Colonial & Federal Periods: An Introductory Study
Author: Barbara Ferris Van Liew
Edward Lange’s Long Island
Authors: Dean F. Failey and Zachary N. Studenroth
Edward Lange Revisited
Author: Alison Cornish
Fanny Palmer: A Long Island Woman Who Portrayed America
Authors: Carolyn Oldenbush and Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein
Fanny Palmer, the famous Currier & Ives graphic artist was considered the leading woman lithographer of her day. This 1997 exhibition catalog contains essays by Carolyn Oldenbusch and Charlotte Streifer Rubinstein and a list of the artist’s signed works.
A History of the Joseph Lloyd Manor House
Authors: Kenneth Scott and Susan E. Klaffky
The remarkable history of the 1768 Joseph Lloyd Manor House on the neck we call Lloyds, but which the Indians called “Caumsett” and the colonials “Horse Neck” or “Queens Village”, is well covered in this 1972 study by Kenneth Scott and Susan E. Klaffky.