Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Casements - John D. Rockefeller Residence











The Casements, located along the Halifax River (Intercoastal Waterway) was constructed in the early 1900s for a clergyman and his wife.  It was purchased by John D. Rockefeller in 1918 and he used the 9,000 square foot home as his winter residence until he died at the age of 97.

After his death, the property was used for a variety of purposes, including a school.  Then it was left to deteriorate.  Eventually, it was named a "Historic Property" and was purchased by the City of Ormond Beach, which proceeded to restore the place to its original grandeur.

Currently, The Casements serves as the Cultural Center for the City of Ormond Beach.

We'll post a few more photos of the gardens and grounds tomorrow.

If you are interested in learning more about The Casements, click here.

20 comments:

RedPat said...

It's gorgeous, Lowell! I'm off to check your link.

Judy said...

It's beautiful and I am happy that it will be taken care of and open to the public.
The settings for my moon picture, which wasn't as sharp as I had hoped for,f5.9 at 1/500 ISO 180 with 360mm on a tripod.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful place and terrific captures for the day as always. By the way, I understand from Lee that you are a fan of Richard Dawkins. His book, The Magic of Reality is awesome!!

Kay said...

It looks like it was a mighty grand residence for a clergyman, especially if it was enough to catch the eye of a Rockefeller. How nice that it was saved and restored.

Jack said...

Very very cool, Lowell. I visited the Rockefeller estate near the Hudson River two years ago and it was absolutely fascinating.

Lois said...

Wow! This place is a gem. I love those awnings!

Randy said...

Beautiful looking place.

William Kendall said...

It is a beautiful place! Well worth holding onto.

Linda said...

How gorgeous, Lowell! I am going to check out the link, thanks so much for sharing.

llandudnopictures said...

Great looking place with a very interesting past.

Karl Demetz said...

Looks very good, I think it's perfect for a Cultural Center.

EG CameraGirl said...

I cannot imagine living in a house that is big enough to be a school or cultural centre!

Halcyon said...

It's very beautiful. Glad it has been restored and is in use.

Sharon Anck said...

It looks like a gorgeous place. This is probably one of several huge homes he owned. Sometimes I wonder why the wealthy need so much space.

VP said...

A beautiful place with an interesting history... Thanks for the photos and the link!

Small City Scenes said...

Nice house. I am glad it wasn't left to deteriorate. What would one do with 9000 ft of house??
MB


No tripod---should I buy one? Bwahahaha!!!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...


We featured a sign and a public figure, today, too! John D. Rockefeller IV served WV faithfully from 1977- 2015. At first we were skeptical of an "outsider", but he proved his commitment and loyalty to the state.

Happy Friday, Lowell,

Janis
GDP

Existe Sempre Um Lugar said...

Boa tarde, é um lindo edifício para se realizar belos inventos, as fotos são excelentes.
AG

cieldequimper said...

Very impressive but then I wouldn't have expected less of Rockefeller!

(Tell MB to buy a tripod!)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Had no idea about this; on my TBV list (to be visited). Thanks.

"Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on earth which can make them come back again." — Henri Cartier-Bresson