House Tour Steps Inside Southampton Legacy

A stop on the Southampton House Tour. Tom Edmonds photo

Take a glimpse behind the hedges and experience six houses that illustrate Southampton’s unique architectural history, from colonial days to present, during the ninth annual “Insider’s View” Southampton House Tour on Saturday, June 2.

From 1 to 4 p.m., participants can take themselves from house to house, perhaps starting with the “Village Gem,” where Captain E. Halsey built a home on nearly 1 acre of land after his last whaling voyage on the Ship Franklin in 1848.

“Today’s house and grounds boast all the amenities of modern times, while giving a nod to the property’s rich history,” according to a press release. “Smaller rooms retain a cozy, traditional look, while a spacious wing with glass-paned French doors is light-filled and furnished with a sofa and chairs that beg to be sunk into.”

A gambled, waterfront home is a stark juxtaposition, with a soft-grey exterior palette and pebbled circular drive, making a dignified, almost understated impression on the approach.

“What you don’t see until you stroll to the back is its exquisite setting,” the press release said. ‘That is where well-tended grounds meet the water’s edge offering an unrivaled view across Lake Agawam. With its stylishly tailored interior, its third-floor game room, and plenty of outdoor seating, it is the perfect summer retreat for all ages.”

Built in 1927, the “Three Chimneys” village house — with its satisfying symmetry — has been updated while respecting its original details, including built-in cabinetry and a pantry. The design-conscious owners had a bright, sunny interior to work with, and chose a mixture of custom designer furnishings and antiques for rooms that reflect their artistic sensibilities. For their light-filled rooms they have chosen plenty of pastel, beachy colors.

The creative owners of the woodland retreat “Soaring Cedars” enlarged a relatively modest-sized home by raising the ceiling in the master bedroom and adding beams in the family room, achieving the airy look they wanted.

“Furnishings were chosen with comfort in mind but always imaginatively,” the press release said. “Among their favorites are a lovely Art Deco chair and a stunning capiz-shell ceiling fixture. The grounds were given a major overhaul, leveled and planted to create a versatile, relaxing landscape surrounded by tall evergreens. A pool and an outdoor lounge complete the picture.”

A newer build called “Pink Charmer” is “a pure delight filled with whimsical details,” the release explained.

“No surface has been left unadorned, from the two-story foyer with its wallpaper featuring huge palm leaves to the custom-tile fireplace surround, which was hand-copied to match the swag wallpaper border,” it said. “The master suite features his-and-hers exquisitely appointed bathrooms and custom closets. The spacious living room and sunroom reference the roses and other flowers that surround the pool, which, with its cabana, evokes the glamour of times past.”

Last is “Linden,” unequivocally one of Southampton’s foremost estates, designed by the renowned New York architect Grosvenor Atterbury. It has lost none of its early 20th-century grandeur, while acquiring all the modern luxuries of life in the 21st century.

“Atterbury, who designed some of the most beautiful houses, clubs and buildings in America, was a summer resident of Southampton where his most familiar legacy is the beautiful building he designed for the original Parrish Art Museum,” the release stated. “To enter into Linden’s nearly 18,000 square feet of living space, a visitor passes through a grand hall and into the main living room. There, and throughout the interior, original millwork and massive fireplaces have been preserved, giving the mansion a timeless grace. Glass doors in the living room offer a view of the estate’s nearly 10 park-like acres, beautifully landscaped with mature trees, flowering shrubs, evergreen perimeters and rose gardens. Resort-like amenities include indoor and outdoor pools, tennis and paddle courts.”

Participants also have the opportunity to tour the 1648 Thomas Halsey Homestead and Saint Andrew’s Dune Church, and a champagne reception will follow the tour at 4:30 p.m. at the Rogers Mansion in Southampton.

Advance tickets are $95, or $110 the day of the tour, and can be picked up or purchased as early as 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas Halsey House, located at 249 South Main Street in Southampton. For more information, please call (631) 283-2494 or visit

Halsey House on the Southampton House Tour. Jeff Heatley photo