The East Hampton Historical Society will hosts its 2021 House & Garden Tour, showcasing some of the finest examples of historic and modern architecture in the Hamptons. This year’s tour — consisting of five unique houses — is scheduled for Saturday, November 27, from 1 to 4:30 PM. An Opening Night Cocktail Party will also be held as a fundraising event at The Maidstone Club on Friday, November 26.
The East Hampton Historical Society’s House Tour Committee has selected five houses that express the unique spirit of living on the East End. The Society’s annual House Tour offers a one-time-only glimpse inside some of the town’s most storied residences. Whether you tend towards the charm of a classic shingled cottage, yearn to take a peek at well-appointed homes South of the Highway, or prefer the clean lines of contemporary architecture — this year’s tour offers a combination of houses that showcase the iconic styles.
“The House & Garden Tour is one of our most important fundraisers,” said event chairman Joseph Aversano. “This year’s tour is a visual feast of stylish houses. So, while you’re breathing in the sea air and enjoying the varied terrains and architectural styles, your dollars will support the East Hampton Historical Society’s museums and programs.”
Here are the homes.
Egypt Lane Landmark
Built in 1917, this home by architects Polhemus and Coffin is an Egypt Lane landmark. The Tudor Style house, bordering Maidstone Club on two sides, celebrates a beautiful and sensitive renovation. Though over one hundred years old, the house is as efficient and comfortable as when it was built.
Shingle Style Revival
The picturesque and newly constructed house shares a very favorite spot in East Hampton Village — the natural beauty of The Duck Pond and Nature Trail, once part of the Lorenzo E. Woodhouse estate.
It showcases an array of shapes, verandas, rooflines, and turret — this sculptural home is a comfortable amalgam of styles that we would often see in many houses built between 1880 and early 1900s — yet a powerful example of the Shingle Style revival that started in the 1960s as a reaction to modernism.
Village Retreat with Landscape Details
The handsome lines, superb craftsmanship, and monotone styling of this Arts & Crafts inspired house celebrates the horizontal beauty of single-level living. Home to a dynamic design duo, an interior designer and a landscape architect, this Village retreat has multiple outdoor “rooms,” situated within smartly organized landscaping. A serene sanctuary, in a calming palette of muted greys, is welcoming and invites intimate conversation and reflective thought.
New Construction in Heart of East Hampton Village
This exquisite, newly constructed residence is a marriage of casual elegance and traditional design. Its clean, graceful lines and superb craftsmanship are immediately evident as you approach the home down a gently curving, crushed white marble drive. Sun-drenched open concept living space, tranquil and stylish backyard, and expansive private terrace with outdoor fireplace — completely secluded, yet only steps away from Main Street, East Hampton — you can hear the church bells on Sundays!
Original Amagansett home by famed architect Charles Gwathmey
There is a rare opportunity to visit a widely publicized modern work of art — The Tolan House, an original Charles Gwathmey designed residence (circa 1970). Just a quarter mile from the Atlantic Ocean, one enters a sun-drenched open space of modern and magnificent architecture. The cubist shapes of cone and triangle harmonize with huge rectangular windows. Close enough to the beach, one can take in the views and smell the salt air from a multitude of well-appointed spaces in this sprawling modern masterpiece.
Tickets to the Opening Night Cocktail Party are $200 each, which includes entry to the House & Garden Tour the following day. Tickets to the self-guided House & Garden Tour are $75 in advance and $85 on the day of the tour. Admission can be purchased by visiting www.easthamptonhistory.org.