Aug 19, 2017

Private Tour of East Hampton Library Additions and Guild Hall of East Hampton Restorations and Improvements

The AIANY Interiors Committee is delighted to present a special tour of Robert A.M. Stern Architects’ East Hampton Library’s additions and the Guild Hall of East Hampton’s restorations and improvements. Robert A.M. Stern Architects played a role in the renovations and additions to the homes of two of East Hampton's most beloved historic cultural institutions: the East Hampton Library and the Guild Hall of East Hampton, which face each other across Main Street just north of the Town Green. The firm’s work for both of these clients was led by Robert A.M. Stern, FAIA, Senior Partner, and Randy M. Correll, AIA, Partner.

The East Hampton Library has grown in a gradual and thoughtful way since the completion of the original building in 1910, designed by Aymar Embury II. Two generations of additions by RAMSA carried forward Embury's vocabulary of brick, stucco, and half-timber facades; leaded glass windows; and Ludowici tile roofs. The first, completed in 1997, accommodated the expansion of the Library's archives and Long Island Collection and an expansion of the adult fiction collection and gave the building a second front facing the greensward to the west. The second, completed in 2014, created a new children's wing and below it a venue for lectures, panel discussions, and film screenings. Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership designed the playful fit-out of the children's wing, respecting the room's paneling and open truss-work. Each addition created a new courtyard, one a quiet outdoor reading court and the other a children's garden.

The Guild Hall, also designed by Embury and opened in 1931, remains true to its founding mission of providing a venue for exhibitions and performances by the local and seasonal visual and performing arts communities. RAMSA’s work included the restoration of the galleries to American Association of Museums standards; the creation of a new education center and administrative offices within the existing building; the restoration and enlargement of the lobby; and a new, more inviting museum shop. The final and most complex phase of the work was the restoration and technical improvements of the beloved John Drew Theater, marked by an octagonal tower and decorated to resemble a circus tent.

Guides:
Christian N. Dickson, Associate, Robert A.M. Stern Architects Christian N. Dickson is an associate at Robert A.M. Stern Architects who was involved in the second phase of the firm's work at the East Hampton Library. Dickson was also project manager for the award-winning repurposing of historic houses and barns to form the new East Hampton Town Hall. His interests focus on the intersection of the historic and the new to create buildings that support families and communities. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and is a registered architect in New York State.

Lee Skolnick, FAIA, Principal of LHSA+DP Lee Skolnick, FAIA, is the Principal of Lee Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (LHSA+P), an extraordinary firm where more than 30 designers and educators work in close collaboration. Mr. Skolnick has served on the Boards of The Cooper Union, Longhouse Reserve, the Society for Experiential Graphic Design and the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of the National Association for Museum Exhibition (Exhibitionist). In 2003, Mr. Skolnick was elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and in 2007 he coauthored the exceptional book What is Exhibition Design? After successfully designing the interiors and environmental graphics for the Children’s Reading Room at the East Hampton Library, the client requested that LHSA+DP return to design a new Young Adult Room for the library.

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