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While much grander houses have sprung up around it in the 53 years since Tinka and the late Bud Topping transformed an 1811 barn in Sagaponack into a family home, none of them speak as much to place and history. Mr. Topping’s family...
“Since the 1950s, American families have gotten smaller while homes have nearly doubled in size.”    —Yale University Architectural Team With no apparent slowdown in the making of megamansions, a book has just...
Don and Kathy Ashby first saw the house at 177 Main Street in East Hampton in the spring of 2012 as prospective buyers of what they might find at a tag sale. Mr. Ashby, a fashion photographer, collects books and photographs, and the house, which has...
When Robert and Jeanette Schwagerl purchased the house on Quail Hill in Amagansett in 1989, it had been for the most part abandoned. “I was going to tear it down,” Mr. Schwagerl said during a recent tour. Within a year, he had designed a...
If these walls could talk. . . . It’s a cliché everyone has heard, but when you’re dealing with lumber salvaged from a 170-year-old textile factory in Eufaula, Ala., a 19th-century barn in Elizabethton, Tenn., or a 200-year-old...
It’s not every day that a single four-bedroom house will reflect the history of a village, especially not a village with as multifarious a background as Sag Harbor’s. Yet consider the Hampton Street residence of Carl Hribar and Ki...
Old trees have stories to tell, sometimes as much as any book of geography or local history, about the places where they grow and the people who planted or nurtured them. Take, for example, the magnificent pair of tulip trees that tower over...
After reading a real estate article in The New York Times last winter titled “Hamptons House: Make Mine New” on the increasing trend toward teardowns and the voracious demand for new construction on the South Fork, David Berridge was so...
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The house at 54 Quimby Lane in Bridgehampton is the oldest on the lane, even though it was developed just after the turn of the  century (the 20th, that is) and 54, which dates to 1750, didn’t arrive until the 1960s.
A sandcastle, cruise ship, discotheque, and whitewashed house on a Greek island all come to mind, although the vernacular is mid-20th century modern. Without question, the owners have spent this summer in one of the most remarkable oceanfront...
The dean of Yale University’s School of Architecture lives on a well-traveled road north of the highway in East Hampton, next door to a construction site where, after his attempt to buy the lot fell through, a nondescript house is going up.
Why do people put frames around art? Aestheticians probably have Freudian answers, but obviously it has something to do with heightening the effect. Now the local architects Robert Barnes and Christopher Coy have done just that to one of the...