House Tour Offers Varied Styles

The society chooses its properties for their mix of architectural styles as well as their character
The East Hampton Historical Society will hold its annual house and garden tour this weekend. Houses include a cottage on Dayton Lane and a farmhouse in Amagansett. Durell Godfrey Photo

   The East Hampton Historical Society’s ever-popular house and garden tour will be held on Saturday with an advance cocktail celebration tomorrow evening.
    For those interested in sleek and modern, the tour features a modernist-style house in Wainscott by Maziar Behrooz with hanging gardens. Those with a more traditionalist bent might enjoy a cottage on a quiet village street decorated by an East End interior designer. For village historians, the Stafford Hedges house has endured a move, a colorful past, and federal government seizure, but has remained intact at its 230-year-old core. The house was featured in the Star’s Habitat section last year. Another historic property, this one in Amagansett, features an updated but sensitive renovation that allows a family to mingle in open spaces while maintaining the farmhouse’s unique charm. A Tuscan-style “casetta,” a recent addition to the town’s landscape, uses the best of new technology to recreate a building style steeped in centuries of tradition.
    Richard Barons, executive director of the East Hampton Historical Society, said the society chooses its properties for their mix of architectural styles as well as their character, particularly as it demonstrates the aesthetics of the area.    “Our community has the added benefit of having wonderfully diverse architectural styles that span several centuries,” he said in a release. He said he believed that design enthusiasts as well as those curious for a peek behind hedgerows will enjoy this year’s edition.
    The cocktail party will take place tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at the William E. Wheelock House on Georgica Road, a Shingle Style cottage dating back to the original East Hampton summer colony in 1891. The house is set on 10 acres of well-tended grounds and is a relatively “hidden gem” in the village.
    Tickets for the tour, which takes place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, are $75 on the day of the tour and $65 in advance. They can be purchased at Clinton Academy tomorrow and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets to the cocktail party start at $200 and include the tour. They can also be purchased on the society’s Web site,