Nov 14 2012

The Motor Parkway Toll Collection Structures: #4 & #5 Great Neck Lodge & Kiosk in Lake Success

Going west to east, the third and fourth Motor Parkway toll collection structures were the Great Neck Kiosk and Great Neck Lodge located 350-feet east of Lakeville Road in Lake Success.

Built in 1909, the Great Neck Lodge was one of the six toll lodges with living quarters for the toll-takers designed by architect John Russell Pope. A total of 20 toll collection structures were built for the Motor Parkway from 1908 to 1928.


Howard Kroplick

1929 Aerial

This 1929 aerial shows the relationship of the toll lodge, the Lakeville Road Motor Parkway Bridge and William K. Vanderbilt Jr.'s Deepdale Mansion.

1928 Motor Parkway Atlas

In June 1909, the property for the Great Neck Lodge was purchased from Willie K's neighbor John T. Wooley.

Working Toll Lodge Images (1909-1938)

As shown in this photo looking east, Lake Success was the western terminus of the Motor Parkway in 1911. Note the barricade blocking access to the Lakeville Road Bridge which was under construction.

Look closely for the boy, chickens and a dog in front of the lodge around 1909 (Courtesy of the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum).

This 1912 photo looking east shows a ticket booth kiosk at the approach to the Lakeville Motor Parkway Bridge. The Great Neck Lodge can be seen in the background to the left partially hidden by trees.

Great Neck Lodge keeper Sidney Jones was seen manning the ticket booth in 1912. The guardrails of the Lakeville Road Motor Parkway Bridge can be seen through his right arm. Note the bridge was curving to the left.

Likely the gatekeeper's daughter.

The hard to miss "stop" sign as motorists headed east.

1940 Image

As noted in my favorite co-author Al Velocci's book "The Toll Lodges of the Long Island Motor Parkway, and Their Gatekeeper's Lives", after the Motor Parkway closed in 1938, it was purchased by Alex and Sophie Grego for $2,500 and converted into a private home.


The Grego's home as seen here in this early 1960s photo courtesy of Dale Welsch. The Gregos had both worked on Vanderbilt's nearby former Lake Success mansion.

This photo shows the remains of the west side of the Lakeville Road Motor Parkway Bridge in the early 1960s. The Great Neck Lodge can be seen to the left, north of the Motor Parkway right-of way.

A close-up of the lodge from the above photo.

1980s Image

This photo, courtesy of Lake Success Village Historian Dr. Jack Binder, shows the Great Neck Lodge in the 1980s prior to being incorporated into a house being built on the site.

Current Views

A Google Map aerial view of the location for the Great Neck Lodge.

This is what remains of the Great Neck Lodge- a section of the kitchen of a much larger house.

Same view after a snow storm.


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