35th House & Garden Tour

East Hampton Historical Society

The must-attend event for those with an appreciation for style, décor, and landscaping design will take place Saturday, November 30. The 35th annual House & Garden Tour, presented by the East Hampton Historical Society, will be held from 1 to 4:30 PM, with a preceding kick-off cocktail party on Friday, November 29, from 6 to 8 PM at the Maidstone Club to benefit the historical society.

The annual self-guided house tour is a chance for the community to experience an inside look at some of the most precious residences in town.

Event chairman Joseph Aversano said, “The House and Garden Tour is one of our most important fundraisers. 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.”

Each house is unique. The first house on the tour, overlooking Hook Pond, was designed by Robert A.M. Stern, known for reviving the shingle style, in a traditional-meets-modern beachside estate.

The next home is located on David’s Lane, south of the highway, in East Hampton Village. Inside is a warm space with inviting common areas. Named “Dowager Inn” by the homeowners, it tips its hat to an era of banquets, a Gentlemen’s Bar, and guest rooms inspired by the Inns which line Main Street.

Making one’s way further east is a homey place on the dunes of Amagansett’s Promised Land with views of Napeague Bay. The modern architecture is comprised of four barns; the de Menil Barn, a Master barn, Guest barn, and Garage barn. To compliment the unique style, the landscaping is integrated into the dunes of the area.

Next, a Federal-style home by the bay with interior design created by Marshall Watson, an integration of transatlantic and American styles.

“Mill House” is the final stop on the tour: a simple, shingled potato barn. Located in the heart of East Hampton Village, its minimalistic style was originally a two-building cottage once shipped from Montauk to serve as army barracks. The existing structure holds a modern great room with a juxtaposition of contemporary and historical elements.

Opening night cocktail party tickets are $200 per person and include entry to the tour the following day. For the tour itself, it is $65 in advance, otherwise, $75. Purchase tickets at www.easthamptonhistory.org or call 631-324-6850.

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