Point House Could Soon Receive Historic Designation

The Point House in North Haven has finally been put onto a permanent foundation. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz
The Point House in North Haven has finally been put onto a permanent foundation. Photo by Stephen J. Kotz

By Mara Certic

What many people believe to be the oldest house in North Haven is a few short steps away from receiving a historic designation, which would ensure it be restored and maintained in perpetuity.

The Point House, located at 6 Fahys Road, has finally been put onto a permanent foundation on the front of the property not far from Ferry Road. If all goes according to plan, the village board will soon be able to place a façade easement on it in order to require that the property’s owner restore and maintain it.

Built by John Payne Jr., in 1804, the house was moved last year, after the owner of the property, Stuart Hersch, was granted permission to move it from its spot overlooking Sag Harbor so he could build a modern house in its place.

The house was going to be dismantled and the pieces sold to raise money for charity, but the village Architectural Review Board stepped in and a plan was formed to move the house.

Mayor Jeff Sander said that he would do what he could to “see if we can get the owner to agree to change it from how it appears now to what it looked like 50 years ago,” during the board’s monthly meeting on Tuesday night.

On Monday, August 17, at 4 p.m., the North Haven Village Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting for a public hearing on the historic designation of the Point House.

Also on Tuesday, the board adopted a new local law, which will limit the number of docks on an upland parcel to just one, making multiple docks on any single upland parcel prohibited.

The village board also approved two dock permits on Tuesday evening. The dock at the West Banks property was finally approved, and Ed Deyermond, the new village clerk, said that Costello Marine could begin construction as soon as he sent it a copy of the resolution.

The board also approved what it described as “more of a catwalk than a dock,” for the property at 18 South Harbor Drive, belonging to Anna Chapman. There was some discussion about whether or not there would be ample public access around the dock, but Ms. Chapman’s attorney assured the board that the “catwalk” was only a foot off the ground, and that there is very little foot traffic on the marshland. The village approved the application, as had the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the Southampton Town Trustees, the state Department of State and the Army Corps of Engineers.