No, it wasn't Hurricane Sandy that demolished East Northport's Larkfield Manor. The iconic catering hall is undergoing a major $8 million makeover from the bottom up.
Larkfield Manor Vice President Harry Mountanos explained that the building, built in the late 60s, was "looking a little tired" and patching it up just wasn't enough.
"We figured a brand new building would get better traction," he said. "It's not going to be anything like it was before."
The building was razed between Oct. 28 and 29 and will be redesigned by Neal Hoffman, partner in Hoffman-Grayson Architects LLP of Huntington. Hoffman-Grayson also designed the interiors and exteriors of the Paramount Theater and the Crest Hollow Country Club.
The project is ahead of schedule according to Mountanos and the building's frame is expected to be completed as soon as Jan. 1. When it's reopened in July 2013, Larkfield Manor will resemble a rustic Tuscan Villa with mahogany wood molding, terracotta floors, a slate roof, riverbed stone front, new outdoor landscaping with water features, 20-foot ballroom ceilings, and a vintage bar from the 1800s.
The Larkfield Manor office has been temporarily relocated to 502 Larkfield Road during construction and reservations are now being taken for July 2013 onward with pre-construction discounts available. See additional renderings and information on Larkfield Manor's website.