Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New 2013 Year

A particularly charming scene among the many picturesque holiday views this time of year in Southampton Village.
Let's welcome the New Year with fresh hope and renewed expectations. May it bring happiness, good health, safety, excitement, love and prosperity........and many saved historic structures!!
Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Moved Buildings ARE Valuable

The Big Duck, Flanders

In Southampton, New York, buildings used to be moved very frequently. Because this was such a common practice, while the national standard of historic preservation generally dictates that a building that has been moved is one which has lost all original integrity, in Southampton it is the opposite. The fact that a building was moved demonstrates just how valuable they were as commondities and useful resources. In fact, it wasn’t so much that anyone was clinging to them for character or sentimental reasons, they were just plain useful! (In other words, why on earth would one throw something out that was so darn useful? Unfortunately, that’s no longer a common opinion among our “throw it out-get a new one” generation. Not to mention the fact that, now, it’s very expensive to move buildings.)
Another 18th Century Home, Quimby Lane, Bridgehampton
Yes, I am still irked that the original Southampton Village Catholic Rectory was allowed to be demolished just because it had been relocated from its original site. Therefore, I now present you with a wide assortment of “moved buildings” both in Southampton Village and Southampton Town. You’d be surprised how many there are, and I’ll bet their owners don’t think they’re so dispensible.
Coopers Farm Road, Southampton Village
Rose Hill Road, Water Mill

An 18th Century Home in the Rosko Community, Southampton Village

The Hampton Bays Windmill, now on Gin Lane
Rosemary Lodge, Water Mill
The former Life Savings Station, now a home. Gin Lane.
The Foster House, originally on Main Street, now First Neck Lane, Southampton Village

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Internship Opportunity with the National Trust

Internship: Historic Sites Architecture
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Washington, DC

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to a recent architecture graduate with a preservation focus for a 3 month internship in the Historic Sites department working under the supervision of the Graham Gund Architect. The historic sites department stewards the restoration, rehabilitation and preservation projects at the National Trust’s twenty-seven historic sites nationwide.
This is a paid internship offering a $7,500 stipend between the months of January and April, 2013, based in Washington, DC.

Motivated and energetic applicants with an architecture degree (B.S or M.S) and a Master of Science/Master of Arts in Historic Preservation or a Master of Science in Architecture with a preservation concentration are encouraged to apply.
Please see the posting on our jobs page for the full description and application instructions, or contact David Field at for more information.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Sky is Not Green

I am pleased to relay that my Viewpoints article is published in the Southampton Press's current issue. Hopefully Southampton will read it and think seriously. Fingers Crossed! (Thanks Southampton Press for giving me some "air" time!)

Friday, December 7, 2012

245 Hampton Road - Demolished

245 Hampton Road: Residence of Walter Burling, the father of the founder of The Southampton Press
Poor Mr. Burling's house has been demolished, without even a respectful review process before its demise. Maybe it was condemned? For the history of this house, click here:

This is the holiday season however, so I'll be posting something appropriately uplifting soon.