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Thursday, September 9, 2010

'Is This Your Ideal Home?'

An advertisement for the Kensington development in Great Neck by the Rickert-Finlay Realty Company from a 1916 issue of Country Life in America. Click HERE for more on Kensington and click HERE to see some Kensington houses.


Thursday, July 15, 2010

Some More Kensington Houses

Since yesterday's post on the houses of Kensington seemed to get a good response I have posted the additional pictures that accompanied the original article. Click HERE for more on the planned community of Kensington in Great Neck. Click HERE to see Kensington on google earth.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Some Kensington Houses

Some houses that accompanied yesterday's article on Kensington, the Rickert-Finlay developed planned community in Great Neck. Click HERE for more on Kensington.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


More on the planned community of Kensington in Great Neck, developed by the Rickert-Finlay Realty Company. Additional pictures of homes will follow tomorrow.

Pictures from Architecture & Building, 1914.


The E.J. Rickert Residence

The residence of Edward J. Rickert designed by Charles P.H. Gilbert c. 1908 in Kensington in Great Neck. Rickert was president of the Rickert-Finlay Realty Company which was responsible for the development of such planned communities as Douglas Manor, Little Neck and Broadway-Flushing in Queens as well as Kensington in Great Neck. E.J. Rickert's partner Charles E. Finlay also had a home in Kensington named 'Kenwood'. Rickert's home no longer stands, having been demolished c. 1960.

Friday, July 9, 2010

The H.R. Swartley Residence

The residence of Henry Ruth Swartley Jr. located in Kensington in Great Neck. Swartley was president of the Long Island Association from 1933 to 1941 (previously the Long Island Chamber of Commerce). He had previously worked at the Union Carbide Corp. and later Atlantic Cement Products in Hicksville. Swartley was also a five term mayor of Kensington and a member of Nassau County's planning commission. He died in 1958 at the age of 79. I am not sure of the exact location of the house.