Haut Bois, in Brookville, New York, is on the market for $15 million.
Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

A $15-Million Ogden Codman Chateau Hits the Market

Edith Wharton is said to have spent summers at the classic French château on Long Island’s North Shore

In 1916, legendary Beaux Arts–style architect Ogden Codman Jr. built this classic French château—dubbed Haut Bois—on Long Island’s scenic North Shore, modeling it after the Louis XIII hunting lodge that Louis XIV gradually expanded into the Palace of Versailles.

After acquiring the seven-bedroom residence in 2000, the current owners spearheaded an extension renovation, including replacing the roof, windows, and mechanical systems, installing new floors throughout, plus adding an irrigation and lighting system outside.

The foyer was even redesigned to match writer and interior designer Edith Wharton’s longtime Berkshires estate, the Mount, another Codman project. Codman and Wharton co-authored The Decoration of Houses (1897), an interior-design standard, and Wharton is said to have spent summers at Haut Bois.

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With formal French gardens—including a fountain and the original arbor—a Palladian-style pool house, and a new tennis court, the eight-acre property is a perfect haven on a hot summer’s day.

Price: $15 million; sothebysrealty.com

Haut Bois, a 1916 château designed by Ogden Codman, Jr. in 1916. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
The exterior was modeled after Louis XIII’s hunting lodge, later expanded into the Palace of Versailles. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
The opulently decorated living room. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
Marble statues occupy niches off a corridor. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
The dining room includes hand-painted wallpaper. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
The kitchen features a large central island. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
The den with wood beams on the ceiling gives it a rustic aesthetic. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
The current owners installed a new pool and Palladian-style pool house. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
The eight-acre grounds boast restored formal French gardens. Photo: Courtesy of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty

A version of this article first appeared in print in our 2018 Summer Issue under the headline On the Market. Subscribe to the magazine.

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