William Cullen Bryant’s ‘Montrose’ listed for $2.9M

William Cullen Bryant’s ‘Montrose’ listed for $2.9M
The "Montrose" home. The former Roslyn Harbor property owned by William Cullen Bryant, the famed poet, journalist and editor, has been listed for $2.9 million. (Screenshot courtesy of Compass)

“Montrose,” a former Roslyn Harbor home owned by the legendary poet, journalist and newspaper editor William Cullen Bryant, has been listed for $2.999 million.

The colonial-style house, also known as “Clovercraft,” was built around 1830 and is on 1.4 acres. Located at 410 Bryant Ave., it is three stories tall, with seven bedrooms and six bathrooms.

“Built in the 1800s and lovingly lived-in and maintained by the same family for the last 50 years, this home exudes warmth, history, character and craftsmanship,” the house listing says. “Three stories offering grand rooms, seven fireplaces, gorgeous wood floors and an impressive front porch with winter-water views and serenity.”

The parcel where Montrose stands was part of Richard Kirk’s 100-acre farm, where he built a house to replace an older family residence. Samuel Pine originally owned the tract of land and passed it down to the Kirk family before the mid-18th century.

Later, in 1843, Bryant purchased 40 acres of land from Joseph Moulton, which comprised the historic “Cedarmere” estate. He sought to get away from city life so he could work on his poems and indulge his love of nature. He lived at Cedarmere until his death in 1878.

Bryant bought Montrose and four acres of land on the east side of Bryant Avenue, across from “Cedarmere,” for his daughter Fanny and her husband Parke Godwin in 1852.

In 1869, the couple commissioned Vaux, Withers & Company, a notable New York City architectural company, to restore the mansion, extending it and furnishing it with Victorian elements.

“It was through the efforts of Bryant, Moulton and the Cairns in the mid-19th century that one can see the beginnings of large country estate development in Roslyn Harbor,” says the National Register of Historic Places application from 1999. “The abundance of open and wooded land and lack of extensive residential development made Roslyn Harbor an ideal location for those seeking to develop a country estate as a retreat from the hectic pace of New York City.”

Montrose grew from four acres to over 50 acres, encompassing much of Bryant’s former land. The house was renamed “Clovercraft” after it was deeded to Parke and Fanny Godwin’s daughter Minna in 1898.

The Godwin family owned the house until 1955, when it was subdivided into 38 building lots.

The estimated monthly cost is $21,869, according to Zillow. The house is in the Roslyn School District.



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