Grey Gardens, East Hampton

Click HERE to go to a fascinating blog about the infamous "Grey Gardens" of East Hampton

Bayberry Land, Southampton, New York

Click HERE to read a great article by Mary Cummings on

More links below about Bayberry Land

Library of Congress HABS

Old Long Island Exteriors & Plans
Old Long Island Interiors
New York Social Diary
Southampton Town Hall
Staircase for sale

Southampton Village: The Premier Resort

Click HERE to read about the founding of Southampton as a fashionable resort community in Mary Cummings article on

Chestertown House, Southampton, New York

Here are a few links to the the former Henry F. du Pont house that was located on Meadow Lane in Southampton, New York. It was later owned by Barry Trupin, who turned it into a quasi-French Chateau and was eventually sold to Calvin Klein who demolished it in 2009.

Daily Mail 
Henry F. du Pont and Winterthur: A Daughter's Portrait 
Los Angeles Times
New York Observer
New York Times
Pricey Pads
Real Estalker

Long Island Landscapes and the Women Who Designed Them

Author to Speak on Landscapes of Long Island’s Great Estates
The Southampton Historical Museum will host Cynthia Zaitzevsky, author of Long Island Landscapes and the Women Who Designed Them on May 20 at The Meadow Club, Southampton. The book is an account of eminent women landscape architects who flourished in the golden age of country estates. All proceeds will benefit the Halsey House herb garden.
The beautiful book covers in depth the work of Beatrix Farrand, Martha Hutcheson, Marian Coffin, Ellen Shipman, Ruth Dean, and Annette Hoyt Flanders and looks at a dozen other less-well-known women. It focuses on the Long Island projects that constituted a large part of their work including Marian Coffin’s designs for Henry Francis du Pont’s Chestertown in Southampton and Charles and Pauline Sabin’s Sebonac estate, Bayberry Land. Ms. Zaitzevsky brings these pioneering women to life as people and as professionals.
The Meadow Club, which celebrated its centennial in 1987, was the first of Southampton’s fabled clubs and has been at the center of the sporting and social life of Southampton’s summer residents ever since. The club boasts a handsome, historic clubhouse and its 36 magnificent grass tennis courts are unrivaled anywhere outside of Wimbledon.  
Ms. Zaitzevsky, an historian of architecture and landscape architecture, received her PhD from Harvard University’s Department of Fine Arts and taught the history of landscape architecture at Harvard’s Landscape Institute. She is the author of Frederick Law Olmstead and the Boston Park System. (1982).

The lecture will begin at 11:30 am, immediately followed by a luncheon. The price to attend the lecture is $35 or $75 including the luncheon. For tickets or information please call the Southampton Historical Museum at 283-2494 Southampton Historical Museum

Lost Houses of the Hamptons

On May 7th 2011, I will be speaking at the Southampton Historical Museum about some of the great mansions of the Hamptons that no longer exist. They will include, Wooldon Manor, the home of Jesse Woolworth Donahue, Black Point, the H. H. Rogers mansion, Bayberry Land, The Duponts Chestertown House, Villa Mille Fiore, Red Maples and a brief history of the founding of the Summer colony. This event is being sponsored by the Southampton Historical Museum, The Rogers Memorial Library and the AIA Peconic.  To read about some of the Lost Houses of the Hamptons, please click HERE for New York Social Diary's review of " Houses of the Hamptons, 1880 -1930". Please click HERE for reservations. For a few more photos please go to my other blog,

                             "Mansions of the Gilded Age"

Villa Mille Fiore