Some of the finest examples of historic and modern architecture in the Hamptons will be open for visitors on Saturday, November 30, as part of the East Hampton Historical Society’s annual House & Garden Tour.
“We believe it is the mix of architectural styles—from the turn of the century to today—that gives East Hampton its unique character and flavor,” said Richard Barons, the executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society. “Different yet complementary, these private homes invite the viewer to take a ramble along the coast to ‘look inside’ some of East Hampton’s most alluring homes.”
Comprised of five unique homes, here’s a preview of what will be featured on the tour:
House #1—Near the Village of East Hampton lies a compound with incredible Japanese-inspired gardens, complete with a koi pond. In the spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright, the main house offers spaces that open out to larger terraces and lawns as well as intimate gardens, reflecting the owner’s desire to live within the landscape. This sophisticated oasis also boasts both indoor and outdoor pools.
House #2—A barn-of-a-house overlooking Georgica Pond, with ocean views beyond, contains actual timbers from Anne Boleyn’s 500-year-old grain barn (Kent, England). The fields on which this house is set still possess the feeling of tilled land rolling down to the ocean, reminiscent of the days when East Hampton was a farming community. As a nod to the controversial queen’s martyrdom, the library paneling matches that of Hever Castle, her childhood home.
House #3—When 2,100-square-feet is enough, this gambrel style, two-story residence combines traditional Shingle Style details with contemporary interiors and a state-of-the-art mechanical system. Designed by Bruce Siska, an East End architect, this newly renovated house offers all the charm of a classic East Hampton “cottage,” but with modern amenities and eco-friendly technology, including a high efficiency geothermal HVAC system.
House #4—Further rambling along the coast takes attendees to the Bluff Road Historic District, where a beautiful 19th-century house with a spacious wraparound porch offers views of the Atlantic Ocean. Owned by an interior designer, attention to detail is evident in every room, including a full set of wicker furniture in its original condition from the 1920s that has been in the family for decades, having been moved from one of the Procter & Gamble mansions in Devon.
House #5—The most unusual home on the tour this year may be the seaside hexagonal house nestled in the Napeague dunes—one of the greatest sites on the ocean in all of Long Island. Owned by David Netto, a well-known interior designer who collaborated with the Meyer Davis Studio, this Amagansett house has a series of interlocking hexagons, with windows that take full advantage of the breathtaking ocean views. Netto’s interior design inspiration was “’50s colonial—but sexy,” turning the hexagonal living room into a giant, magical wooden tent.
In accordance with tradition, the exact locations of the private homes will be revealed to ticket-holders the weekend of the event. On the evening of Friday, November 29, the annual Opening Night Cocktail Party will be held at the home of Jack and LuAnn Grubman. Sited on a primordial dune, the Grubmans’ country house is tastefully hidden in Georgica, one of East Hampton’s famous estate sections.
Tickets to the party are limited and start at $200, which includes entry to the tour the following day. Tickets to the tour are $65 in advance and $75 on the day of the tour. All proceeds benefit the East Hampton Historical Society.