Sunday, December 18, 2011

I Am Not Neglecting You

To my precious readers and fans, I am not neglecting you intentionally. I am finishing up a book about historic architecture in our beloved village and unfortunately the deadline coincides with the holidays! Argh! I should pick back up the posting pace about February. Stick with me!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Say Goodbye to 186 Cresent Ave, Water Mill

Here I am again posting about a house that is not in Southampton Village, but I just can't help try to save some of these historic treasures that will be torn down before year's end.  Unfortunately, the demolition of historic architecture is a natural part of the evolutional change of the Hamptons environs, at least thus far, but it pains me so nonetheless.
186 Crescent Lane is a historic home that was relocated from the Halsey farm (Green Thumb) just north on Halsey Lane sometime between 1916-1936 (1938 aerial below). It is a lovely traditional home that retains a significant degree of integrity, with original windows, siding and other details. I particularly like the board shutters on the west side and the charismatic bay windows.

The front and rear (facing Mecox Bay) of the house are painted yellow, while the sides and gambrel-roofed one-story wings are white. The site is breath-taking, but that's probably what's also sealing its fate. Proving that others believed this structure to be architecturally significant as well, the home was featured in American Home in May of 1936.
Because the house has been moved it is difficult to determine its age with the use of historic maps but a quick tour of the interior and its framing would probably confirm a mid-1700s construction date. The style and scale of the home reminds me of those that march along Remsenburg's South Country Road as well as the Foster house on First Neck Lane in Southampton Village.
Meetings with a widely employed building moving service have confirmed that this historic structure can be relocated. Wouldn't it make a lovely Christmas gift??? It may not fit in one's stocking, but the skeleton keys to the old front door certainly would!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

House Moving is Getting Popular Again!

The New York Times recently posted a great article about the rising popularity in the country of relocating existing buildings! Click here to read: