This rare example of 1930s modernism is just one of two International Style homes from this period surviving on Long Island as originally designed. The design of this house is by William P. Bogie, a financial magazine editor with a serious interest in architecture, who was influenced directly by his close friend and editor of Architectural Record, master International Style architect A. Lawrence Kocher. The Bogie house, built of concrete, stucco, glass and steel, is in mint condition, maintained devotedly over 70 years by the Bogie family and renovated over the last two years by the present owners.
In 1934, Mr. Kocher, with his partner Albert Frey, had built in Fort Salonga the first European-style weekend house in the United States, referred to as one of the first modern houses in America. It drew greatly from the ideas of Le Corbusier working in France, as well as from the Bauhaus in Germany. The Bogie house incorporates features of the Kocher house, where the Bogies spent many a weekend while clearing their nearby land and would in 1938 build their own International Style house.
Like the Kocher weekend house, which was a cube standing on steel columns over a carport, with spiral staircase rising to the living quarters and to a deck above that, the Bogie house has a spiral staircase rising from a covered terrace to a large roof deck over part of the downstairs. similary, the cantilevered upstairs of the Bogie house is built over an extended carport appearing to float in space.
The private and serene 1.66-acre wooded and landscaped property abuts the Sunken Meadow State Park in Fort Salonga on Long Island Sound merely 45 miles from New York City. The original 1938 core first floor of the house contains a large dining room with a wood-burning fireplace, a framed wall of glass looking out onto the terrace with spiral staircase and Bauhaus-style metal-framed casement windows. This large open space flows into the state-of-the-art kitchen. Pure white Caesarstone counters encase both a main sink and a prep sink as well as a large eating area. White shelving and carpentry contrast with the massive, deep chocolate automated, lower storage drawers all of which was meticulously designed in keeping with the architectural integrity of the home and custom fabricated by LEICHT KITCHEN in Germany. The Wolf double ovens and five burner stove, Sub Zero refrigerator and the Miele dishwasher perfectly compliment the numerous original metal-framed casement windows. The core house also contains a downstairs bedroom with a distinctive large ribbon windows at right angles, more casement windows and a new full-bath with hand-cut Moroccan tiles and fully enclosed windowed rain shower.
In 1946, the Bogies, with the assistance of International Style architect John Hancock Callender, of Jackson and Callender, New York City, added the present large living room, study and entry hall. The living room is surrounded on three sides with huge expanses of glass that draw in the out-of-doors. It has a wood-burning fireplace with Heatilater, shoulder-high bookcases, built-in window seat on one side for storage and on the other, built-in counters for storage and display of magazines. The size and views of this light-filled room provide a sense of instant refreshment.
The steel spiral staircase, steel columns of the covered terrace and steel beams in the basement came from a well-known modern house of 1932, the Starrett-Lehigh house, a house of advanced design worked on by John Callender. The deck over the living room and study is a direct descendant of the Kocher and Le Corbusier decks and provides sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and swimming pool.
In 1954, the upstairs was built over an extension of the original carport, adding to the horizontal planes and modular clean, crisp lines that were typical of the Bauhaus and early International Style. The upstairs contains two very large, airy bedrooms, a large ceramic tiled bathroom and a center hall. Closets extend the entire width of the bedrooms, and the master bedroom contains a window seat at one end for storage.
The bedrooms have one of the most notable features and rare inventions of the house namely, its electrically operated windows. Three six-foot windows and one eleven-foot window, suspended from screens, lower and rise electrically with the flick of a wall switch. Each window is set in motion by a hidden motor. When the glass lowers into the wall, bringing down a screen in its place there is a feeling of being in the tree tops. The windows were the invention in l950 of Larry Vita, contractor for the two additions in the house and exist in only a few homes built at that time.
A side terrace was added with this addition, as well as a utility/laundry/mud room off the kitchen and a tool closet off the carport. A new inground pool set within the landscape incorporating the covered terrace offering an inviting place for lounging and relaxing.
The infrastructure has been upgraded to include a new hot air furnace for the lower floor, new boiler serving the baseboard heating of the upstairs, separate central air-conditioning systems for the upstairs and downstairs, a comprehensive security system, an 11 zone lawn sprinkler system, a gated (with intercom) long, serpentine driveway with new lighting whose levels are kept low to reveal the star-lit sky. The roof has a newer leakproof surface of liquid-applied rubber liner. There are two basements, one smaller one housing most utilities and a large one for storage and workshop.
Rural environment of historic Fort Salonga has immediate access to beaches, boating, golf and parks. Northport provides one of the most beautiful harbors on Long Island, attractive shops, band concerts, year-round Broadway theater, fine art and dining. Excellent public and private schools. One hour from New York City by car or train.