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


  1. since your contact form doesn't allow me to contact you and all the links on your profile lead back here or somewhere else, i guess i will have to put my question here.
    i contacted zach from the Old Long Island blog but he didn't know the answer and referred me to you. i found your blog through his and check it out frequently and commiserate on the stupidity of people demolishing structures through neglect or lack of historical care. many of the structures in your area didn't even last 30 years. up here in Maine, we're too poor to demolish even the worst houses and have mobile homes over 30 years old.
    i was looking at Lenoir on OLI and moved the bing map a little and saw this huge shingle cottage with tennis court and pool and outbuildings etc. i rotated the map to get a different view and it was gone.only a small building was there and no sign of pool or gardens or anything. on wikimapia it's there. so, is the big cottage a new one or an old one that's been (stupidly) erased? thanx for your column and if there's a way to correspond without bothering all subscribers, let me know.

  2. Dear Montana,
    Thanks for your comments. If you click on the Contact Me link, you will be emailing me directly at rather than [publicly] commenting. No worries though. Feel free to email anytime. To answer your question, Lenoir and all its gardens, outbuildings, etc. still exist thank goodness. In fact, a new owner recently bought it for quite a sum (see here: It is surrounded by other houses, a large one to the west, and a couple smaller ones to the east. Hope this helps.

  3. Ceal Havemeyer04 January, 2013

    I never knew there was an 18th century home in the Roscoe area. Thank you for highlighting it.

    I did know that houses used to be moved by oxen teams using logs to roll them along, and that some houses around here have been moved multiple times, astonishing as that sounds to us nowadays. The original house on my property in Hayground was moved in the early 1800's to a Water Mill location where it stood until it burned down in the 1910's.

  4. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing Ceal!