Claire & Louis Kroft House:
Claire & Louis Kroft moved to Huntington in 1957 and opened the Hilltop Nursery School on Huntington Bay Road and bought a house on Flower Hill Road. In 1968 they purchased the Shepard Day School and Camp on Golf Lane and renamed them Camp Hillkroft School and Camp Hillkroft. Claire was active in community affairs and in 1977 ran for and was elected to the Huntington Town Board. She served one term, losing in 1981.
The camp property was east of Huntington Bay Road, between Golf Lane and Copter Court. In 1976, Louis offered Claire a choice of an extensive vacation and trip or to build a unique house at the corner of the camp property. Claire chose to build the revolutionary design Geodesic Dome structure on Copter Court.
The property was part of an 11 acre subdivision that included the north side of Copter Court and another street, Kroft Court. In the mid-20th century, an American, Buckminister Fuller, invented a house design he called a Geodesic Dome. He came to fame in 1967 with his design of the American Pavilion at the Montreal World’s Fair. The design is based on the geometric shape of an icosahedron, within a hypothetical sphere made up of 20 equilateral triangles, with each triangular face subdivided into similar triangular tiles forming the surface of the structure. The triangles give the structure its strength to create open space within. This form, much like the mansard roof design 100 years earlier, provides open living space in the top floor of the building.
The current owners bought the house eight years ago and have replaced the windows, some doors, the roof, and up-dated the bathrooms.