The East Hampton Historical Society has announced their 2019 House & Garden Tour, showcasing some of the finest examples of historical and modern architecture in the Hamptons. This year’s tour — consisting of five unique houses — is scheduled for Saturday, November 30, from 1 to 4:30 pm.
A kick-off Cocktail Party set for Friday, November 29, welcomes in the House Tour. This annual event, now in its 35th year, will be held at the historical Maidstone Club.
The East Hampton Historical Society’s House Tour Committee has selected five houses that they feel express the unique spirit of living on the East End. The society’s annual house tour offers a glimpse inside some of the town’s most storied residences.
The first stop on the tour is a unique Hamptons beach house designed by famed architect Robert A.M. Stern (Mercer House, circa 1973 – 1975), who revived The Shingle Style, a distinctive vernacular which once again dominates Eastern Long Island. In an ever evolving search for a version of The Shingle Style, Robert A.M. Stern strikes the perfect balance of traditional design coupled with a modern vision in this seaside estate. Take in the views and smell the salt air from a multitude of well-appointed spaces in this sprawling modern masterpiece.
The next location on coveted David’s Lane in East Hampton Village, a handsome south-of-the-highway haven pays homage to history and local lure. Inspired by the cluster of Inns that dot East Hampton’s Main Street, the homeowners created a warm and inviting retreat, with ample intimate spaces, comfy common areas and stylish outdoor “rooms.” With a playful nod to a bygone era, the homeowners affectionately named their house “Dowager Inn” – equipped with all the elements for spirited entertaining, including a series of banquettes known as “The Gossip Pit”, a Gentlemen’s Bar, and boutique hotel inspired guest rooms.
Four barns create a home situated on the scenic dunes of Napeague Bay. Modern architecture that draws upon archetypical East End forms. The concept of the house is four barns. The original section, which is the Living/Dining & Kitchen, is modeled after the De Menil Barn that was donated to the Town of East Hampton and is now the Clerk’s Office. The Master barn and Guest barn are connected to the main living area by glass halls. The Garage barn is free-standing. All materials are natural, oak, grey limestone, and raw dark concrete. Recognizing the importance of the scenic dune, all landscaping is seamlessly integrated. Dramatic sculptures greet you at the entry and invite you to explore this modern take on the iconic East End barn.
Known for his European inspired style, Marshall Watson creates interiors that are rich in texture, detail, and simple luxuries – which are prevalent in his Federal-style house by the bay. Founder of Marshall Watson Interiors, Mr. Watson suffuses his work in a subtle blend of transatlantic and American design philosophies. His work is noted for its “calm and lightness of being”.
“Mill House” plays on the shape of the simple shingled potato barn — an enduring East End vernacular — to create a minimalist retreat located in the heart of the East Hampton Village. The homeowners found a gem hidden in the overgrown brush. They were drawn to the history of the house. The original house was a 2-building cottage shipped to the site from Montauk that, in its day, functioned as Army barracks. They added a modern addition, a great room that serves as the centerpiece of the residence. Expansive, dramatic, and light-filled, the contemporary intervention, juxtaposed against the historical elements, resulted in a modern take on a classic Hamptons potato barn.
Tickets to the Opening Night Cocktail Party are $200 each, which includes entry to the House Tour the following day. Tickets to the self-guided 2019 East Hampton House & Garden Tour are $65 in advance and $75 on the day of the tour. Admission can be bought online, by calling (631) 324-6850, or at the Clinton Academy, 151 Main Street, on Friday, November 29, and Saturday, November 30, between 10 am and 3:30 pm.
Photos, from above: Marshall Watson interior, and Mill House, provided by East Hampton Historical Society.