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Pictures dated c. 1940 and 2003
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by FRANK DALIENDO
Submitted August 3, 2003. Until his untimely death on February 22, 2005, Frank Daliendo was the Board President of the Hampton Court Owners Corporation.
Situated on a unique parcel of land, Hampton Court has the rare distinction of being built into and surrounded by Forest Park. Originally built as Kent Manor, Hampton Court consists of four buildings with a total of 316 apartments. It is surrounded by a spacious and airy courtyard.
Early amenities of Kent Manor included a doorman in each building, car services to the subway, rooftop gazebos and a shoe shining service. Large, well-constructed apartments, hardwood floors, thick plaster walls, archways and beautiful lobbies helped to define the epitome of luxurious apartment living.
After a period of slow decline and rental building neglect, Kent Manor changed itself into Hampton Court Owners Corporation, a cooperative. Through the hard work and dedication of the Board of Directors, the staff, and many enthusiastic residents, Hampton Court has revitalized itself to its original Kent Manor grandeur. Today the property is known for its well-kept buildings, meticulous landscaping, and round the clock security. It is one of the premier properties in Kew Gardens and truly a jewel in the crown of the community.
Circa 1940 Tax Photograph courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives
2003 photograph by Michael Jovishoff
Hampton Court (another view)
Kew Gardens: Urban Village in the Big City
, pp. 47, 49 (Kew Gardens Council for Recreation and the Arts 1999)