Surveying a Treasure Trove of Historic Resources in Southampton, NY

Southampton Historic Resources Survey

Project

Southampton Historic Resources Survey

Location

Long Island, NY

Client

Town of Southampton

AKRF created a thorough survey of architectural properties for the Town of Southampton on Eastern Long Island.

The Architectural Resources Survey Report, which will serve as the Town of Southampton's guide to official landmark designations, presented historic contexts for the Town and its hamlets, detailed geographic information systems (GIS) maps, as well as photographs, historical narratives, and architectural descriptions of each potential landmark.

Aided by mobile GPS units, AKRF's architectural historians performed extensive field surveys of properties that meet the Southampton Town Landmarks Criteria. The historians reviewed previous cultural resource studies, tax records, historic maps, and other documentation to prepare a list of several hundred potential landmarks, including several expansive downtown historic districts in villages such as Bridgehampton, Water Mill, and Remsenburg.

The study area for this project included the entire Town of Southampton with the exception of the incorporated villages such as Sag Harbor. The unincorporated hamlets documented in the survey included, among many others, Bridgehampton, Water Mill, Hampton Bays, Remsenburg-Speonk, and Westhampton.

Thousands of properties were reviewed and catalogued as part of this process, and several hundred were advanced as potential landmarks. Properties identified as potential Landmarks ranged from the early vernacular houses of the region's early settlers to iconic roadside architecture of the 20th century.

Art Village, an artists' community established in the 1890s as a summer art school directed by William Merritt Chase, was documented as a potential historic district. Several 18th century burying grounds, with stones bearing iconic death's heads and cherub motifs, were inventoried. Suffolk County's agricultural history was represented in duck farms, early threshing barns, and a thematic district consisting of potato barns. 

Cultural Resources Overview