Thursday, March 25, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
or thisBut I do worry. I know they have a big “green” agenda, but I worry about the effect of that on the building. Many of the building’s finishes will be recycled products but they have to be careful that the building doesn’t become too plastic looking, like the CVS store or the house shown below.
This house, by Lisa Zaloga, on Old Town Road looks very plastic. The glass in the windows looks plastic, the shingle siding looks plastic, the front door and front facing garage door look plastic, the roof is asphalt, the trim is Azek (plastic)………there is nothing natural-looking about it. These are not “green” recycled finishes, but if all the “green” recycled products make the new fire house look like a big plastic box, I will regret having ever supported it. I will hope for the best though, and don’t mind that its style attempts to be in sync with the other civic structures in the area, like the train station and the town hall. It’s traditional – contemporary and that’s a style with which a lot of people in this village are comfortable.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
The hospital has grown exponentially since it was originally built, numerous times, starting as early as 1928. “In deciding upon a building plan, it was necessary for the Governors to bear in mind that the possibility of growth made it essential to adopt a plan which would admit of extension without disfiguring the building architecturally, or hampering its efficient administration. This question has been duly borne in mind, and in fact sketches have been made showing wings which can be added should future conditions make such enlargement necessary.” But the actual growth of the community was beyond even their imaginations and the original hospital has been all but consumed by modern additions conceived by those with less sympathy of “disfiguring the building architecturally.” Only parts of the cornice of the original building and the first additions are left to remind us of the beautiful building that existed long ago.
 The Southampton Press, February 20, 1913
Monday, March 1, 2010
This private condominium building is on Wall Street, the first alley off the east side of Main Street, north of Meetinghouse Lane. It has an amazing history! You wouldn’t believe how old it is judging by its appearance because it’s in such great shape! The photo above shows the front of the building; the front used to face west, and the building was located directly to its west, on Main Street (#30 there also); it was moved sometime between 1909 and 1916.
In 1688 Lt. Richard Post lived here. Richard Post was one of our Village’s original settlers from Lynn, Massachusetts. Richard married Dorothy and they had four children: John, Thomas, Joseph, and Martha. Martha married Benjamin Foster.
Years later, Captain Charles Howell, a descendant of Edward Howell who was also one of the original settlers of our Village, purchased the house and substantially renovated it circa 1905. He married Mary Rogers (b. 1806-1867) in 1831 and their eldest son, George Rogers Howell (b. 1833), was a State Archivist for New York.
When the Methodists bought the church previously owned by the Presbyterian church built in 1707 and directly opposite their present edifice, Captain Howell sold them the south side of his property and they promptly moved their new old church to that location. It still stands there today although no longer recognized as a church. Its steeple and gable have been removed and it is now a one-story commercial building.
Henry H. Post, a descendant of Richard Post, bought the building in 1914. The building was moved back from Main Street to its present location sometime between 1909 and 1916, so whether it was done by Capt. Howell or Henry H. Post is anyone’s guess.
In the place of the original building’s location the “Arcade” building was built. For the next fifty-two years #30 Wall Street would be owned by the Schwenk family. The subsequent property owners are listed below.
The Southampton Historic Museum has a great old photo of this building when it was located on Main Street, and probably more information on the Schwenk family and the Arcade building.
Property Owners (partial list):
Malcolm Bauer, circa 1980-present
Mary S. Smith 5/24/1979 Liber 8630 of deeds, page 258
Edgar & Arlene Marvin 5/24/1979 Liber 7453 of deeds, page 161
Henry Schwenk Inc. 4/1/1940 Liber 2093 of deeds, page 64
Henry & Florence E. Schwenk 1/19/1927 Liber 1248 of deeds, page 152
Henry H. & Letitia A. Post 5/2/1914 Liber 873 of deeds, page 74
Capt. Charles Howell (will) 1/2/1890 Liber 326 of deeds, page 371
Richard Post 4/17/1688
1873 Capt. C. Howell, “Howell House,” Main Street (F. W. Beers)
1894 H. H. Post (F. W. Beers)
1895 Lodge Rooms, Main Street (Sanborn)
1902 H. Post (E. Belcher and Hyde)
1902 Shops and Lodging Rooms, Main Street (Sanborn)
1909 Shops and Lodging Rooms, Main Street (Sanborn)
1916 Shops, Wall Street (Sanborn)