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The Most Iconic Buildings in the Hamptons, Mapped

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Big ducks to big lighthouses, Stick Style to Shingle Style, houses like pinwheels to houses like ships, the Hamptons has it all, architecturally. Here are our picks of the most iconic buildings to be found in our area. Did we leave out your favorite? Let us know for next time in the comments.

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1. Pearlroth House

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615 DUNE ROAD
WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY

The 1959 Pearlroth House, by Andrew Geller, is only 600 square feet. The form is of two boxes rotated 45 degrees into two diamond shapes. Still owned by the Pearlroth family, the house is now a pool house.

2. The Big Duck

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NY-24
Flanders, NY 11901

The Big Duck was built in 1931 as a poultry store. Its eyes are made from Ford Model T tail lights. Robert Venturi considered the Big Duck noteworthy since it combines functional and symbolic aspects of architecture and he coined the term "duck" to describe a building in which the architecture is subordinate to the overall symbolic form.

3. Thomas Halsey Homestead

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249 South Main Street
Southampton, NY

This house was built in 1660; its owner, Thomas Halsey, was one of the original families who bought property from the Shinnecocks in 1640. Believed to be the oldest English-style house in New York State, the building is filled with 17th and 18th century furnishings.

4. Southampton Arts Center

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25 Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-0967
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First built in 1897 to house Samuel Parrish’s art collection. three sections, all designed by architect Grosvenor Atterbury, were added in three phases ending in 1913. The building housed the Parrish Art Museum until its new building was complete.

5. Halcyon Lodge

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Halcyon Lodge is one of Southampton Village's original cottage colony homes. It is a rare example of the Stick Style, of which there may only be one other remaining in the village. In 1951, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford II, the owners, commissioned Philip Johnson to add a glass addition to the residence.

6. Parrish Art Museum

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279 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill, NY 11976

Completed in 2012, the new Parrish Art Museum resembles a gigantic barn with poured concrete walls. Architects Herzog & de Meuron stated that “The starting point for the new Parrish Art Museum is the artist’s studio in the East End of Long Island. We set the basic parameters for a single gallery space by distilling the studio’s proportions and adopting its simple house section with north-facing skylights.” The building is said to be situated to capture the Hamptons light.

7. Watermill Center

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39 Water Mill Towd Rd
Watermill, NY 11976

The Watermill Center is a world renowned interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts started by artistic director Robert Wilson. Completed in 2006, the campus boasts this building by local architect Fred Stelle.

8. Pinwheel House

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254 ROSE HILL ROAD
WATER MILL, NY 11976

Designed by Peter Blake in 1954, the house got its name because it looks like a pinwheel from above. Blake said: "I wanted to be able to open the walls up to the views but close them in winter or during a hurricane,'' he said. ''That was the origin of the pinwheel idea." The house design was obviously a variation on a Mies van der Rohe glass pavilion, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor space.

9. Topping Rose House

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1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
(631) 537-0870
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The additions to the 1842 Greek Revival main house for the new Topping Rose House hotel, completed 2013, were never going to be copies. Instead, the modern additions, by Roger Ferris + Partners, are referential to the original and complement it.

10. Old Whaler’s Church

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44 Union Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

First Presbyterian Church (aka Old Whaler's Church) was built in 1844 in the Egyptian Revival style. Designed by Minard Lafever, the church also contains Greek Revival elements, especially inside the building. Its original steeple, 185 feet high, was destroyed by the 1938 hurricane.

11. Jewish Center Of The Hamptons

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44 Woods Ln
East Hampton, NY

The sanctuary, Shaarey Pardes (Gates of the Grove), is considered architect Norman Jaffe's masterwork. It is immersed in symbolism. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger once called it "a building that is at once a gentle tent and a powerful monument, at once a civic presence that celebrates community and a place of quiet meditation that honors solitude."

12. Gardiner Mill

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On the east side of Town Pond, this mill was built by Nathaniel Dominy V for John Lyon Gardiner. The mill was completed on September 28, 1804 and cost about $1,300, more than any other residence in East Hampton. The mill continued to operate until 1900.

13. Saltzman House

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The Saltzman House, completed in 1969 by Richard Meier, was designed as a “counterpoint to nature.” It looks like a ship floating across the lawn, and back in the day, was considered a “fusion of architecture and fashion.”

14. Gwathmey House

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122 BLUFF ROAD
AMAGANSETT, NY

Gwathmey built a number of large houses on the East End, but this small gem, for his parents, designed when he was only 27 in 1965, catapulted him to fame. Architecture critic Kenneth Frampton described it as "more convincing than anything else in the Hamptons."

15. Montauk Association Houses

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165 DEFOREST ROAD
MONTAUK, NY 11954

In 1883, McKim, Mead & White designed a group of houses known as the Montauk Association. They are important examples of the Shingle Style, a distinctive American architecture. These are restrained modest vacation houses, a cohesive group where each house is distinct but where none stood out as being more important than its neighbor.

16. Montauk Lighthouse

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2000 Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954

The Montauk Lighthouse, commissioned by President Washington, was the first public works project of the new United States. It was first lit in 1797 with eight whale-oil lamps. Today, erosion control of the site is still a concern.

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1. Pearlroth House

615 DUNE ROAD, WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY

The 1959 Pearlroth House, by Andrew Geller, is only 600 square feet. The form is of two boxes rotated 45 degrees into two diamond shapes. Still owned by the Pearlroth family, the house is now a pool house.

615 DUNE ROAD
WESTHAMPTON BEACH, NY

2. The Big Duck

NY-24, Flanders, NY 11901

The Big Duck was built in 1931 as a poultry store. Its eyes are made from Ford Model T tail lights. Robert Venturi considered the Big Duck noteworthy since it combines functional and symbolic aspects of architecture and he coined the term "duck" to describe a building in which the architecture is subordinate to the overall symbolic form.

NY-24
Flanders, NY 11901

3. Thomas Halsey Homestead

249 South Main Street, Southampton, NY

This house was built in 1660; its owner, Thomas Halsey, was one of the original families who bought property from the Shinnecocks in 1640. Believed to be the oldest English-style house in New York State, the building is filled with 17th and 18th century furnishings.

249 South Main Street
Southampton, NY

4. Southampton Arts Center

25 Jobs Ln, Southampton, NY 11968

First built in 1897 to house Samuel Parrish’s art collection. three sections, all designed by architect Grosvenor Atterbury, were added in three phases ending in 1913. The building housed the Parrish Art Museum until its new building was complete.

25 Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

5. Halcyon Lodge

436 Gin Lane Southampton

Halcyon Lodge is one of Southampton Village's original cottage colony homes. It is a rare example of the Stick Style, of which there may only be one other remaining in the village. In 1951, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford II, the owners, commissioned Philip Johnson to add a glass addition to the residence.

6. Parrish Art Museum

279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976

Completed in 2012, the new Parrish Art Museum resembles a gigantic barn with poured concrete walls. Architects Herzog & de Meuron stated that “The starting point for the new Parrish Art Museum is the artist’s studio in the East End of Long Island. We set the basic parameters for a single gallery space by distilling the studio’s proportions and adopting its simple house section with north-facing skylights.” The building is said to be situated to capture the Hamptons light.

279 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill, NY 11976

7. Watermill Center

39 Water Mill Towd Rd, Watermill, NY 11976

The Watermill Center is a world renowned interdisciplinary laboratory for the arts started by artistic director Robert Wilson. Completed in 2006, the campus boasts this building by local architect Fred Stelle.

39 Water Mill Towd Rd
Watermill, NY 11976

8. Pinwheel House

254 ROSE HILL ROAD, WATER MILL, NY 11976

Designed by Peter Blake in 1954, the house got its name because it looks like a pinwheel from above. Blake said: "I wanted to be able to open the walls up to the views but close them in winter or during a hurricane,'' he said. ''That was the origin of the pinwheel idea." The house design was obviously a variation on a Mies van der Rohe glass pavilion, blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor space.

254 ROSE HILL ROAD
WATER MILL, NY 11976

9. Topping Rose House

1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932

The additions to the 1842 Greek Revival main house for the new Topping Rose House hotel, completed 2013, were never going to be copies. Instead, the modern additions, by Roger Ferris + Partners, are referential to the original and complement it.

1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

10. Old Whaler’s Church

44 Union Street, Sag Harbor, NY 11963

First Presbyterian Church (aka Old Whaler's Church) was built in 1844 in the Egyptian Revival style. Designed by Minard Lafever, the church also contains Greek Revival elements, especially inside the building. Its original steeple, 185 feet high, was destroyed by the 1938 hurricane.

44 Union Street
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

11. Jewish Center Of The Hamptons

44 Woods Ln, East Hampton, NY

The sanctuary, Shaarey Pardes (Gates of the Grove), is considered architect Norman Jaffe's masterwork. It is immersed in symbolism. Architecture critic Paul Goldberger once called it "a building that is at once a gentle tent and a powerful monument, at once a civic presence that celebrates community and a place of quiet meditation that honors solitude."

44 Woods Ln
East Hampton, NY

12. Gardiner Mill

14 James Ln, East Hampton

On the east side of Town Pond, this mill was built by Nathaniel Dominy V for John Lyon Gardiner. The mill was completed on September 28, 1804 and cost about $1,300, more than any other residence in East Hampton. The mill continued to operate until 1900.

13. Saltzman House

20 Spaeth Lane East Hampton

The Saltzman House, completed in 1969 by Richard Meier, was designed as a “counterpoint to nature.” It looks like a ship floating across the lawn, and back in the day, was considered a “fusion of architecture and fashion.”

14. Gwathmey House

122 BLUFF ROAD, AMAGANSETT, NY

Gwathmey built a number of large houses on the East End, but this small gem, for his parents, designed when he was only 27 in 1965, catapulted him to fame. Architecture critic Kenneth Frampton described it as "more convincing than anything else in the Hamptons."

122 BLUFF ROAD
AMAGANSETT, NY

15. Montauk Association Houses

165 DEFOREST ROAD, MONTAUK, NY 11954

In 1883, McKim, Mead & White designed a group of houses known as the Montauk Association. They are important examples of the Shingle Style, a distinctive American architecture. These are restrained modest vacation houses, a cohesive group where each house is distinct but where none stood out as being more important than its neighbor.

165 DEFOREST ROAD
MONTAUK, NY 11954

16. Montauk Lighthouse

2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954

The Montauk Lighthouse, commissioned by President Washington, was the first public works project of the new United States. It was first lit in 1797 with eight whale-oil lamps. Today, erosion control of the site is still a concern.

2000 Montauk Highway
Montauk, NY 11954