Saturday, May 12, 2012

Before & After 9, 10 and 11

Here are some new 'Before & After' images of changes around town for you. I am refraining from making any comments about whether or not these are improvements or tragedies and will defer to you all to have your own opinions, without my influence.

Today's 9th 'Before & After' is at 260 Hill Street. Above is a photo of the front of the house taken in March of 2011. It is a common house type from the 1920s-30s that occur all over the village, but which are quickly disappearing. Some have been renovated and added onto instead of being demolished, so the type won't completely disappear altogether, which is good.

Below is the new house at 260 Hill Street. It is not quite finished, but I thought I'd snap a quick photo before the hedges go in along the front!  I haven't included any context, which I believe one should always take into consideration when opining about whether any work of architecture is a success. I will try to find the time to add photos of the houses on each side in the next day or so.

Today's 10th 'Before & After' is 200 Little Plains Road. Below is an image of the home taken in April of 2011. The house to the immediate south (right) was its virtual twin, and others in the vicinity share a lot of similarities.

Below is a photo of 200 Little Plains Road taken this past February. Again, it's not quite finished, but the overall form is complete enough, in my opinion, to determine whether or not this is an improvement.

Finally, today's 11th 'Before & After' is at 31 Huntting Street. Below is a photograph of the street view taken in August of 2010. This is the same type of house as the first (9th) example above, at 260 Hill Street except its front porch has not been enclosed. My old neighbor, who moved away to Florida awhile ago, used to live in a very similar house, before it was torn down and replaced. (Hmm, I see that doing a 'Look-Alikes' about this house type might be interesting one of these days!)

The photo below is 31 Huntting Street under renovation, and nearly complete except for landscaping, taken in January of this year. It's hard to tell it's the same house, isn't it?

The house's hierarchy is confusing - it's as if the front twin gables are fighting with the larger side gable for superiority. The attic level shed dormer is too high, and the three-over-one light cuts are interesting, but two-over-one would have been more traditional and contextually appropriate. It's nice that they chose to renovate though, instead of demolish.

I guess I couldn't resist inserting a bit of my own opinion in there somewhere! Ha! Oh well.

Stay tuned for the next post, about the thrilling discovery of an old surviving village schoolhouse on Halsey Street!


  1. Anonymous14 May, 2012

    Poor #10, what a terrible looking addition. #11 is ok, but generally agree with you - even the covered entry way looks out of place.

  2. Anonymous14 May, 2012

    I agree with much of your sentiment Sally and even when I don't I applaud you for driving awareness with passion. Over the past several years, I've witnessed our trend toward an overblown "hampton's look" and it's getting pretty annoying.

    We are close to looking like a shingled Staten Island if we're not careful. As such, I applaud 260 Hill Street for a refreshing take on what a hampton's house could/should look like. While it's clearly no "renovation" in favor of new build - at least they built something with traditional style and contemporary flare. Another example would be the Joshua Harris house on Gin and Little Plains.

    While the addition on 200 Little Plains is simple - at least it's a renovation vs. a huge new build. Good for them for trying...

    31 Huntting should be ashamed of themselves. A boring box - with boring features replaced soemthing that had character. There's a beautiful example of same style house on Van Brunt that's nails exactly what this place could have been.

    Keep up the good work Sally - & thanks

  3. Just found this blog - wonderful work. Saw the list of Southampton houses demolished - so many in so short a time period ! I wish we had someone like you covering the scene in Sag Harbor where preservation efforts fall short and no one is reporting on it.