Friday, November 24 marks the opening night of East Hampton’s thirty-third annual House and Garden Tour. A cocktail party will be held at the Maidstone Club in East Hampton from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to kick off this exciting event. The tour, which will take place Saturday, November 25 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., benefits the East Hampton Historical Society and allows attendees an exclusive look inside a curated selection of Hamptons homes. This year’s tour will feature five houses, each of which is markedly distinct in its decor, architecture, history, and style.
“The House & Garden Tour is one of our most important fund-raisers,” said the event chairman Joseph Aversano. “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.”
The tour features a shingle-style house located on Further Lane, and the home of renowned interior designer, Joe Nahem (also located on Further Lane.) The latter includes an extensive art collection, a mix of mid-century and modern furnishings, and an overall contemporary interior housed within a traditional structure.
The next home featured is a three-story, 1877 shingle-style beach cottage overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The “cottage” belonged to Eleanora and Michael Kennedy in the 1970s. The “Kilkare” home is part of the Georgica Association and features panoramic views of the surrounding Georgica Pond and Atlantic Ocean. It was constructed by ship builders and was later restored with authenticity in mind.
The fourth house on the tour is the Woodhouse Playhouse located on Huntting Lane, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The home was built by philanthropist Mary Woodhouse, and was created as a space for artists and actors to attend drama school. The current homeowners keep Ms. Woodhouse’s tradition running with theater and music programs held throughout the year. The playhouse was designed by Francis Burrell Hoffman Jr. and boasts a 75-foot-long Great Room, a gabled peak, an organ, and a gargantuan fireplace.
The fifth and final home included in this tour is an early twentieth century cottage located within the village. The house has French and English design elements with hand-finished plaster walls, limestone floors, a sloping shingled roof, and intricate stonework in the style of an English cottage. The home also showcases some wonderful gardens, which were designed with the help of Michael Derrig. Many of the outdoor spaces were created to function as outdoor rooms, complete with fireplaces and seating areas.
The East Hampton Historical Society is the parent organization of five museums, historic sites, and workshop facilities. Its mission is to preserve, present, and interpret the material and cultural heritage of East Hampton.
Tickets to the cocktail party are $200 and include admission to the tour. Tickets for the self-guided tour are $65 if bought in advance, and $75 if purchased on the day of the tour.
To purchase tickets, one can visit the East Hampton Historical Society’s website at www.easthamptonhistory.org or call 631-324-6850.