Friday, March 28, 2014

Philip Johnson's Farney House

In case you haven't heard, the new owners of Philip Johnson's Farney house have applied to have it demolished. Not exactly funny when the demolition of his Ford addition in Southampton Village is still being reviewed by the Southampton Village Architectural Review Board. While the two property owners may know of each other, the coincidence, from this lay person's perspective anyway, seems to end there.

Nonetheless, the community (locals, real estate brokers, architecture fans, historic preservationists, etc.) should rally together to save the Farney House. It was built in 1946 and added onto with the utmost sensitivity and respect for the original structure twice, in the 70s and 80s. It is still completely recognizable and, frankly, breath-taking.

The new owners are Zach and Lori Schreiber and they have hired Robert A. M. Stern to build their replacement house. That's very interesting. Stern and Johnson didn't have a love-love relationship. But I digress.

The important objective here is to save the Farney house, which, actually, shouldn't be that difficult. Rather than thinking of this as a demolition application, the owners, the Sagaponack Village ARB, and all other related and useful parties, should be actively promoting this home for donation/relocation. It's a work of art! It's a Miesian glass box. I'm sure there are plenty of Hamptonites that can't afford a $24 million oceanside parcel in Sagaponack, but sure can afford Sagaponack real estate on which to locate their very own Johnson original. That house would be sculptural on just about any lot. See my "free buildings" list for contact info.

Here's Curbed's post: http://hamptons.curbed.com/tags/farney-house.

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