Gary Lawrance, AIA architect and co-author of Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930, will be speaking on Saturday about some of the great mansions of the area. You'll hear stories about bygone New York high society and their architects and see photos and floor plans of these summer palaces.
Discussed, among others, will be Wooldon Manor, shown above, Jessie Woolworth Donahue's mansion at Southampton, once called the most opulent home in the Hamptons (apparently also painted by Thomas Kinkade). Jessie was the daughter of FW Woolworth, the founder of Woolworth's, and mother of Jimmy Donahue, the gay playboy who had a fling with Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor.
Also discussed will be Bayberry Land, the English-style manor of anti-Prohibitionists Charles and Pauline Sabin at Southampton.
Another house you'll see is Villa Mille Fiore, Albert Barnes Boardman's two-towered Southampton mansion modeled on Rome's Villa de Medici. Albert Barnes Boardman was a well-connected Manhattan lawyer.
The talk will take place at the Southampton Historical Museum at 2PM, Saturday, April 27; reserve space at their site here. [Curbedwire]