Saturday, February 11, 2012


'Drybrook', the Truman Handy Newberry estate designed by Trowbridge & Ackerman c. 1914 in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, with landscaping by William Pitkin Jr. Newberry was a businessman, Secretary of the Navy (1908-1909) and U.S. Senator from Michigan (1919-1922). In 1921 he was convicted under the Federal Corrupt Policies Act though the conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court. He was offered to return to the Senate but ultimately resigned. 'Drybrook' was listed No. 8 on Henry Saylor's Twelve Best Country Houses in America from Country Life, 1916. The home has since been demolished.

Photos from Architecture, 1915.


Anonymous said...

This is one of the most spectacular homes I've ever seen.The Main Hall ranks as one of the greatest I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

Zach --

Many thanks for including pictures and commentary of mansions from the Grosse Pointes, both on this blog and on Old Long Island. Greatly appreciate your time and effort in sharing the stories of these great estates. Keep up the great work!!!

The Ancient said...

I don't want to sound as if I'm carrying water for Newberry, but anyone who did anything to keep the likes of Henry Ford from public office couldn't have been all bad.

(BTW, take a look at what he was charged with and consider how much the world has changed.)