From a secluded, spacious and spectacularly chic oceanfront home to a traditional dwelling in the heart of the village, the Southampton Historical Museum’s eighth annual “Insider’s View” house tour on Saturday, June 3, will offer a unique opportunity to enter and admire a few of Southampton’s most extraordinary architectural gems. Attendees will have a rare chance to view stunning interiors furnished with flair, whether the owner favors a high-style contemporary look, classic elegance or an eclectic approach that reflects the personal style of a connoisseur.
Traditionalists with a special fondness for Southampton’s lovely old streets lined with tall trees and graceful homes will love the turn-of-the-century treasure updated for modern living by an artist whose paintings hang throughout the house. By contrast, a newly built house hidden away on a very private site has the graceful lines of a vintage Hamptons “cottage” but a chic contemporary interior that reflects today’s way of living. Ranged somewhere between the century-old and the very new are a recently renovated oceanfront residence with stunning views and every amenity; an imposing house, beautifully maintained and landscaped, that is a village landmark; and an enchanting summer refuge where shaded porches and sun-drenched gardens within earshot of the ocean surf are irresistibly inviting.
Whether seasoned with history or new on the scene, each house its own unique charm. As added attractions, the tour includes the Halsey Homestead, the oldest house in Southampton with rooms furnished as in colonial times; St. Andrews Dune Church, a picturesque landmark with 11 Tiffany windows; and the Rogers Mansion, the beautiful headquarters of the Southampton Historical Museum and site of the post-tour reception.
An early-season highlight on the Hamptons social calendar, the tour is a favorite with design mavens and others who come in search of inspiration and a good time. Houses are open from 1 to 4 p.m., after which attendees are invited to a champagne reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in the Rogers Mansion at 17 Meeting House Lane in Southampton.
Tickets for the eighth annual Southampton House Tour and the reception, catered by Sant Ambroeus restaurant, are $95 in advance or $110 on the day of the tour and can be purchased by calling the museum at 631-283-2494 or by using PayPal at southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org. On the day of the tour tickets may be picked up or purchased after 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas Halsey House, 249 South Main Street, Southampton.