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Friends’ 2013 House Tour Is July 5th

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A renovated Sears Roebuck "kit house" in Sag Harbor Village is on the 2013 Friends' House Tour.

A renovated Sears Roebuck “kit house” in Sag Harbor Village is on the 2013 Friends’ House Tour.

Get ready for another great house tour in Sag Harbor when the Friends of the John Jermain Library sponsor their annual benefit fundraiser for the Library. This year’s tour is set for Friday, July 5th between 11 am and 4 pm. It features five very different houses, from historic to modern. Four are in Sag Harbor village and one is in neighboring North Haven.

Tickets will be $45 in advance at the Library and The Wharf Shop on Main Street. On the day of the tour they will be available only at the Library on West Water Street, and will cost $50.
In North Haven visitors will tour one of the first homes built in the North Haven Point subdivision. The sprawling house built in the early 1980s features a lighthouse-shaped entry hall with massive staghorn chandelier. The house also includes a wine cellar that holds about 1,000 bottles of the homeowner’s favorites. Outdoors there is a pool fashioned to resemble a natural pond.

Nestled on a quiet street in Sag Harbor is an African-American whaler’s house boasting artwork collected from friends of the homeowners, an artist and his wife. The simple and spare furnishings lend an open and airy feel to the house, as does the blue and white color theme throughout. There are Greek touches here and there celebrating the artist’s heritage. Among them are lovely hand-embroidered linens inherited from an “auntie’s” never used trousseau.

Just around the corner the tour features a house that began life as a Sears Roebuck kit-house—there are a number of them in this area. The house was gutted and renovated during 2009/10. The original front porch has been extended to wrap around a corner and the front door is now at the side. The airy interior features blond wood and incorporates the outdoors with a sweeping floor-to-ceiling expanse of glass. There is a second story balcony overlooking the garden/pool area.

In the heart of the village on a narrow street, guests will visit an 1830s Greek revival house set on a large parcel. This historic charmer has original glass in the second floor windows and it is believed the dining room floor is original to the house as well. This family home houses paintings and lithographs as well artifacts collected by the homeowners. A lovely garden and patio area features a pool and cabana.

Finally, surrounded by lush, jungly garden “rooms,” each with its own color scheme, this charming 1830s three-bay seaman’s cottage follows a plan typical of the period.Parlors off the side of an entry hall with a narrow staircase–this one leading to two cozy bedrooms tucked under the eaves and a bath with lovely old claw-foot tub. Downstairs, there are original wide-plank floors in what once were the front and back parlors, now a living, dining and kitchen area. An 1880s addition houses another living area, and off that is a second kitchen, a bedroom and a new office. A generous kitchen shelf displays blue Mexican ceramics and English tea caddies and candy boxes, souvenirs of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.The house is furnished with a blend of antiques and custom pieces in muted tones. Don’t miss the cottage and garden at the end of the driveway.

Iced tea and cookies will be served at the end of the tour at house number one (the “hideaway in the woods” in North Haven).

Author: John Jermain Memorial Library

The John Jermain Memorial Library is the public library in Sag Harbor, NY. Founded in 1910, the library building and initial collection was a gift from Margaret Olivia Slocum Sage to the people of Sag Harbor. From June 2011 to July 2013 the library will be located at 34 W. Water St., in Sag Harbor, while our historic building is renovated and expanded.

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