Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church Makes National Register of Historic Places

Durell Godfrey

The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Last month, the 1842 church was placed on the national register, which makes it eligible to apply for historic preservation matching grants, according to Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., who on Monday announced that the church had made it onto the register. The New York State Historic Preservation Office recommended the Federal and Greek Revival-style church for the list in December.

Elsewhere in Bridgehampton, the Beebe Windmill on Ocean Road and the Bridgehampton Museum’s William Corwith House and Nathaniel Rogers House are already on the national list.

The church, the steeple of which reaches a height of 86 feet, sits on an L-shaped lot bordered by Main Street to the north, Ocean Road and the hamlet's burying ground to the east, and a municipal parking lot to the south and west. It is set back from Main Street, with a great lawn in front. The paths that lead up to and around the church include a stone walk put down in 1891, according to its National Register of Historic Places registration form, which outlines the building's design, mechanical systems, and architectural features. The manse, which fronts on Ocean Road, was built in 1925. It was included in the listing. 

It is the third church for the congregation, which began meeting in the 1660s. The building replaced a meeting house built in 1737. The church design includes elements of the Federal, Greek, and Gothic Revival styles, with additions of the Queen Anne and Colonial Revival styles "in vogue during the late Victorian period," the registration form said.

The church was enlarged sometime between 1888 and 1897. "The present church is preserved with minor alterations to its original structure, but with significant additions of the late 19th century that suggest the parishioners' need for creating functional improvements," according to the registration form.

That form also notes that the Bridgehampton church "differs markedly in design" from two other nearby Presbyterian churches. It does not have the "exotic influences of Minard Lafever's Egyptian Revival 'Old Whalers Church' in Sag Harbor," which was built in 1844, or "the stylistic coherence of the mid-century Gothic Revival Old First Presbyterian Church in Southampton Village," built in 1845.