Nod for Historic Station

Durell Godfrey

The Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station on Atlantic Avenue was named this week to the New York State Register of Historic Places and nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.

The station, built in 1902 as part of a network along Long Island’s Atlantic Coast, is now a museum focusing on those who served there from 1902 to 1944 as well as the station’s role in East Hampton’s maritime history. 

The building is owned by the town and overseen by the Amagansett Life-Saving and Coast Guard Station Society. It was moved from its original site in 1966 to become a private residence on Bluff Road for the Carmichael family, which donated it to the town in 2007. It was moved back to Atlantic Avenue and restored over the course of several years, finally opening to the public in 2017. 

According to State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr., the station’s state and pending federal recognition could be a boon to future restoration efforts. “State and National Register listings can assist property owners in revitalizing buildings, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits,” he said. 

The new honor should add an especially festive air to two upcoming events at the museum, a concert at 7 p.m. tomorrow and a lobster bake benefit on July 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Deborah Carmichael, a singer and member of the family that donated the station to the town, will be joined tomorrow by other singers and musicians at a concert featuring the music of Monteverdi and Bartók. Also singing will be Kinga Cserjesi, Marisa Michelson, and Sara Serpa, and, from the Choral Society of the Hamptons, Allen Fein, Janet Fensterer, William Gosman, Evan Harrel, Vivian Lindemann, and Susan Raymond. Nikita Morozov and Yuri Namkung will play violin, Valeriya Sholokhova will play cello, and Danica Borisavljevic will play piano. A $25 donation has been suggested, and a reception will follow.  

The annual lobster bake benefit is a family-friendly evening with live music. Tickets cost $150, $75 for children 12 and under, and can be purchased in advance at amagansettlss.org or at Amagansett Wine and Spirits on Main Street.