Friends of the John Jermain Library Annual House Tour
Sag Harbor House Tour on Friday, July 6, 2018
To Benefit the John Jermain Library
The Friends of the John Jermain Library will host their annual house tour for the benefit of the library on Friday, July 6, from 11 a.m.—4 p.m. Tickets are $50 in advance at the Wharf Shop on Sag Harbor’s Main Street or at the John Jermain Library at 201 Main Street. On the day of the tour, tickets will be available at both locations for $55. One of the top events of the Hampton summer season, this year’s house tour features five beautiful Sag Harbor homes.
20 LILY POND DRIVE: This unique modern structure designed with an artist’s eye is found off of the Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, an exclave of several non-traditional Hamptons homes. One of the owners is a photographer who has an impressive collection of artwork. The owners, who are very involved in the Sag Harbor community, have lived in several other houses in the area, but like the three bears, they found this one to be “just right.” It is the collaboration of the architect, contractor and owners to create this custom-built modern with a hint of the Adirondacks. The soaring cathedral ceilings of exposed wood post and beam throughout the home contribute to a sense of airy open space that integrates seamlessly with the furnishings and views of the pond and surrounding natural landscape. The first-floor master bedroom has sliding glass doors that open to an expansive pool and deck area, and a guest bedroom upstairs features a sumptuous Jacuzzi in a rustic setting. Other features include white oak floors and custom cabinetry throughout to incorporate the owners’ collections of books and artworks. One bonus is an artist studio also graced with abundant light, and another is a pond views from most rooms in the house.
115 REDWOOD ROAD: Construction of this one-story contemporary was completed last June. Built on a .6-acre lot in the Redwood area, the house is sited at an elevation and orientation to maximize water views. The building is composed of three rectangular volumes that form a courtyard and provide for private garden and pool area. The interior reflects the exterior: each of the three volumes have distinct functions: A master bedroom suite, a guest wing floating over a garage that is tucked into the slope of the land, and a vast open plan great room that holds the kitchen, dining area, living room and den. The art and decoration are composed of midcentury furniture, paintings, sculpture and antiquities that the owners have collected over the past 4 decades. The husband is a renowned architectural photographer, and after much consideration the couple chose to collaborate with one of his clients to build what truly is their dream home.
52 GLOVER STREET: This has become one of the most active and architecturally intriguing streets in the village. A well-known interior decorating firm owns the residence that was totally reconstructed just two years ago while retaining authentic styling and details unique to Sag Harbor. Highlights include “antique” building materials such as the interior paneling, restored glass in the front room, reclaimed antique pine floors that were bleached then rubbed with white stain, reclaimed marble fireplace mantle, and the walls in the hallway and next to the staircase are plastered with layers of lime wash. A must-see is the dining room bought from a Colorado museum that was originally from an early 18th-century house in Salem, MA. The kitchen has an island with a mosaic countertop. Outside, the vegetable garden is “deer-proofed” by stone stairs and a platform. A separate garden contains attractive plantings enjoying the sunlight. Every detail has been designed by the architect, such as the wall columns and millwork, and then created by the builders.
254 MADISON STREET: This street can be called the artery that goes through the heart of the Historic District. The historic King house was previously owned by Tony Walton, the Tony (Pippin, Guys and Dolls) and Oscar-winning (All That Jazz) production designer. Originally built c. 1835, the house retains elements from the Greek Revival period. The cross gabled roof with carved Italianate brackets are from modifications made c.1865 and are typical of the Victorian Style popular at that time. The current owners are the architect Karen Arrigoni and her husband, Raymond Pepi, a noted Historic Preservation Consultant. The couple restored the home’s original historic features and added a light-filled kitchen-family room wing. To the rear of the main house the expansive grounds feature specimen trees and an inviting lap pool. This traditional home is delightfully juxtaposed by the presence of a modern studio with retractable glass walls and classic modern furnishings. The property is a poetic union of the old and the new and truly reflects the beauty of Sag Harbor Village. An added bonus: Refreshments will be served!
6 BEACH AVENUE: This much-anticipated stop on your tour is located on the East Hampton side of Route 114 as you enter Sag Harbor Village. You’ll be “going local,” as the couple who own this lovely Victorian built in 2016 with modern amenities are Pierson High graduates. The second-floor master bedroom has adjacent to it a bathroom overlooking a unique second story balcony. The interior is elegantly finished with a grand three-story staircase furnished with a crystal chandelier, grandmother’s clock, and artwork by an historic local painter. The owners diligently researched details of an authentic Victorian, as you will see in the exterior color scheme, diamond-shape windows, eight-foot Gothic entry door, and even gas lanterns. One of the architectural details that was challenging to authenticate was working towards connecting all the dots on the exterior elements to make a traditional Victorian, down to the historic-style window sills, gable gingerbread, large window crowns, iron cresting atop the Italianate tower, and many more. A feature not to be missed is the Attic Tower, which could remind aficionados of libraries of where Mr. Rochester secreted his mad wife in Jane Eyre.
The Sag Harbor House Tour is the primary fundraiser of The Friends of the John Jermain Library – a volunteer organization whose efforts raise money to underwrite the many wonderful community programs provided at the Library.