Once a carriage house and stable, an architect and her husband call it home
Eloise poses beside the stone turret, which, like the nonfunctional windmill above, was characterized by Greta Weil, the owner, as a folly. The interior of the turret, below, opens off the dining room.
The exterior of this Georgica Association house, seen from the north, remains unchanged since 1902, when it was built as a carriage house and stable on the Hendrick family’s estate.
To one side of the dining area, a wall of the former horse stall is still intact.
From left, a Dutch door, original to the stable, allowed horses to take the air. The interior of the windmill connects the two wings of the house. The former carriage house was redesigned in the 1960s with ample living areas.
Greta Weil takes takes in the view from the dining area into the spacious, high-ceilinged living room. Her taste for white necessitated painting over the walls of the living room, which originally were chocolate.
The long hallway on the second floor of the east wing, above, runs past several bedrooms to an open sleeping area reached by a bridge. Below, a wood staircase twists its way up the windmill.
Looking at the west wing from the south, one sees an American flag on spectacular fall day.

A Tribute to the New York City Landmarks Commission
Now privately owned, these paired three-story residences at 437-459 West 24th Street in Manhattan were built in the mid-19th century to provide housing for merchants and professionals of the expanding Chelsea community. Below, Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, the longest-serving commissioner of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, worked under four mayors: Abe Beame, David Dinkins, Ed Koch, and Rudy Giuliani.
A cast-iron street clock can be found at 753 Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, the only one surviving in that borough. There are four landmarked sidewalk clocks in Manhattan and two in Queens. This is the oldest, circa 1895.
P.S. 31, one of many public schools built in the late 19th century to accommodate the surging population of the Bronx, was “a model for academic architecture in the years to come,” according to “The Landmarks of New York.” The building’s more recent story, however, is not a happy one.
The 1855 Mount Morris Watchtower lives on in Marcus Garvey Park opposite East 122nd Street in Manhattan. From its four-story-high cupola, a watchman could see across the roofs of Harlem and ring the bell to summon help if he spotted a fire.

A fungi business mushrooms into home-grown produce, takeout, and Thanksgiving turkeys
David Falkowski sells the remarkable mushrooms he grows at South Fork farm stands. Now, he has one of his own, and it is stuffed with familiar and unusual produce, prepared foods, and family photos.
Mr. Falkowski grows yellow oyster, shitake, blue oyster, and, most recently, maitake mushrooms.Durell Godfrey
You will find the Peruvian purple potato at the stand. Durell Godfrey
Squashes are perched on a chair near the farm stand ceiling.Durell Godfrey
Tomatoes in different-colored coats come from the family farm,Durell Godfrey
For more exotic offerings, you can contemplate the peppers. Thai chili peppers are grown from seeds brought home from Thailand.Durell Godfrey
On a golden late-summer day, Ms. Falkowski baked apple pies while Mr. Falkowski roasted peppers outside. Durell Godfrey
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Cannas have to be nurtured indoors over the winter
Tom Dakin’s cannas are taller than he is. DurelL Godfrey photos

At 10,000 square feet, Briar Patch remains an understated family home
“We live out here,” Priscilla Rattazzi said of the large back porch facing Georgica Pond, which she and her husband, Chris Whittle, added to the house when they bought it in 1989.
Kayaks, sailboats, and paddleboards are always at the ready at pond’s edge. Durell Godfrey
Tito, a dachshund, and Leo, a golden retriever, relaxing on the front steps with Ms. Rattazzi, are the latest in a line of beloved dogs to call Briar Patch home.Durell Godfrey
A portrait of Margaret Hyde Hamilton by the painter John White Alexander hangs over the fireplace in the house’s great room, where earth tones add a sense of warmth to the large space. The custom wallpaper was made to look like Italian tile. Durell Godfrey
The grass is not always greener: A founder of the Friends of Georgica Pond Foundation, Priscilla Rattazzi, who is dedicated to improving the pond’s health, eschews landscaping chemicals, even organic ones. Durell Godfrey
Photographs by William S. Curtis fill the wall in the front stairwell. Durell Godfrey
The family eats most meals in what they call the breakfast room, which has its own small kitchen. Durell Godfrey
Chris Whittle’s office, just off the great room, occupies its own quiet space, but the great room also is “his sanctuary,” his wife said. Durell Godfrey
Two towering linden trees, each more than 100 years old, frame the view of the pond from the house. Durell Godfrey
The Whittles’ own children may be grown, but the playroom, with its large dollhouse and toy-filled bench seats, remains intact. Durell Godfrey

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An old house with resurgent life and family treasures
The photographs on the wall above are of the indigenous people of Papua New Guinea, with whom Peter Matthiessen and colleagues spent six months.
Alex Matthiessen, above, is seated on a settee in the sitting room. Below, the fireplace in the original kitchen was one of the reasons he bought the house. It now heats the combined sitting room, dining room, and kitchen.
Above, the folding doors on a corner cupboard in the kitchen were designed for access to a huge single shelf. Below, two rooms were combined to create an ample master bedroom.
A close-up of the Papua New Guinea photos that hung in Peter Matthiessen’s Sagaponack house.
A right whale skull has been moved from the Saga­ponack house to Sag Harbor.
The patio, surrounded by plantings rather than a lawn, features an Indonesian teak daybed.