Tag: Lake Ronkonkoma


  • Nov 10 2010

    From the Ron Ridolph Collection: The Annex to the Petit Trianon Inn

    Harry: "Do you have any photos of the Annex to the Petit Trianon? My grandparents owned the building when it was the Park Lake Rest Home"

  • Sep 14 2010

    Then & Now: The Ronkonkoma Lodge

    Andy Hartwell comments: "A few months back I took a ride to the eastern end of the current Motor Parkway - right up to the lake - looking for any signs of the old Ronkonkoma Lodge. Nothing jumped out at me. Any chance you can pinpoint the exact location on

  • Feb 20 2010

    VanderbiltCupRaces.com Exclusive: 1910 Plans for the Ronkonkoma Motor Speedway

    Beginning in November 1906, officials acquired the Motor Parkway right-of way from property owners and farmers from Queens to Riverhead, typically purchasing 1 to 20 acres of land. By far the largest parcel purchased was 891.21 acres in Ronkonkoma from Charles Wright. I always assumed that the Long Island Motor Parkway, Inc. needed to

  • Jan 21 2010

    Then &  Now: Petit Trianon

    As described yesterday, in 1911 the Long Island Motor Parkway Inc. built the Petit Trianon Inn as an attraction to the eastern terminus in Lake Ronkonkoma. Today, the Petit Trianon receives the "Then and Now" treatment with images from 1911 to 2008.

  • Jan 20 2010

    The Motor Parkway’s Petit Trianon at Lake Ronkonkoma

    When the Long Island Motor Parkway route was completed to Lake Ronkonkoma in 1911, officials decided to build a first-class dining facility and half-way stop for travelers.William K. Vanderbilt Jr. once again commissioned architect John Russell Pope to design the Parkway Inn later renamed Petit Trianon.These two rare photos

  • Feb 17 2009

    The Ronkonkoma Lodge in 1930

    Last week, I posted images of the Long Island Motor Parkway toll collection structures at the western terminus in Queens. Here is a rare photo of the Ronkonkoma Lodge on the other end of the Motor Parkway at Lake Ronkonkoma. As with the Rocky Hill Road Toll Booth, the Ronkonkoma

  • Oct 08 2008

    The 20 Toll Collection Structures of the Long Island Motor Parkway-Updated 9/9/2017

    One of the myths of the Long Island Motor Parkway’s history was that there were 12 lodges designed by prominent architect John Russell Pope and built to collect tolls and provide housing for the toll-takers and their families. The answer to the question of the number of toll lodges on



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