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LongHouse Reserve

Affiliate Garden of The Garden Conservancy



LongHouse Reserve encourages living with art in all its forms. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures to foster a creative life.

LongHouse Reserve (formerly LongHouse Foundation) was created in December 1991. With a distinguished Board of Trustees and active Art, Garden, Education and Junior Committees, the Reserve provides an ideal setting in which programs in visual and performing arts and education are offered to the public. Chartered in the State of New York, LongHouse Reserve is a nonprofit public educational organization and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. LHR has been awarded grants over the past few years from such organizations as Baccardi USA, George Backer Family Foundation, Inc., Cowtan & Tout/Larsen, The Cowles Charitable Trust, Bob and Eileen Gilman Family Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Johnson Family Foundation, Anna-Maria and Steven Kellen Foundation, Robert and Joyce Menschel Family Foundation, Rosenkranz Foundation, Suffolk County, and Vital Projects Fund, Inc.

LongHouse encompasses nearly 16 acres on the edge of East Hampton Township’s Great North Woods. Since acquiring the property in 1975, LHR founder and internationally recognized textile designer, Jack Lenor Larsen, laid out an entrance drive lined with majestic cryptomerias, enhanced the property with established lawns and ornamental borders, a pond and natural amphitheater, and defined major spaces as settings for growing collections of plants and sculpture. The long, low berms that naturally divide the grounds recall the boundaries of farm fields that occupied the site until it was abandoned for agricultural use in the19th century. Much of the deciduous canopy of second growth native trees has been preserved. Finding inspiration in the 7th century Shinto shrine at Ise in Japan, Larsen decided to build the house on the property in 1986, with Charles Forberg as architect and Joe Tufariello as builder.


SUPPORT             The public, not-for-profit organization is governed by a voluntary Board of Trustees. LHR derives annual income from membership and individual donations, corporate contributions, foundation grants, admissions and rentals of the property for photography.

FOUNDER            Jack Lenor Larsen, internationally renowned textile designer, author, and collector, is one of the world’s foremost advocates of traditional and contemporary crafts. His awards are many, and his designs are in collections of international museums. Mr. Larsen is associated with schools and art centers worldwide.

PRESIDENT        Dianne Benson


GARDEN              Jack Larsen has overseen the development of most areas of the garden. In this he is guided by members of the Garden Committee. Several recognized landscape designers have developed aspects of the garden including Holger Winenga and the late Peter Hornbeck. Horticultural highlights include Angles of Repose by Ron Rudnicki, Tropical Gardens by Dennis Schrader of Landcraft Environments, and Kreye Canyon by Emil and Luke Kreye.

LongHouse-Reserve-Geo-Dome-22524-1Buckminster Fuller. Fly’s Eye Dome, 1997. fiberglass. 336 in. x 396 in. x 396 in. (853.44 cm x 1005.84 cm x 1005.84 cm). Designed by Buckminster Fuller and produced by John Kuhtik, 1997. Location: second lawn.

COLLECTION        Jack Larsen has been collecting objects for over fifty years and has assembled an eclectic and diverse collection spanning a millennium. Although this collection includes a wide variety of styles, major parts are objects in craft media – both ethnographic and contemporary. Inside the house are works by Dale Chihuly and the second largest collection (outside that artist’s home and studio) of work by Wharton Esherick. A collection of over 2,500 ethnographic fabrics and some 400 lengths of Larsen textiles are archived there.

LongHouse-Reserve-fountain-484-22544Sol Lewitt. Irregular Progression, High #7, 2006. concrete, blocks. 252 in. x 80 in. x 192 in. (640.08 cm x 203.2 cm x 487.68 cm) Permanent Loan, courtesy of Pace Wildenstein.

HIGHLIGHTS        Among the highlights at LongHouse Reserve are a majestic cryptomeria alleé, an amphitheater, a majestic red garden with its centerpiece a Study in Heightened Perspective and Black Mirror, a 20’x20’ reflecting pool with a 15’ geyser shooting up from the center. Other sculptural highlights include: 33’ Fly’s Eye Dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, 16’ square white concrete chess set, Play It by Trust by Yoko Ono, 27’ tall Irregular Progression #7 by Sol LeWitt and Reclining Figure by Willem de Kooning.

The most recent garden development included the transformation of the rear corner of the property with three ingenious and magnificent natural pyramids. Adjacent to this vibrant new section Jack Larsen designed a gingko lined gravel walkway.

Inspired by the natural beauty and sculptural aesthetic at LongHouse, its Education Committee encourages the active participation of its young visitors through docent-led student tour (at no charge), curriculum and Family-activity guides, on-line materials and videos. These resources, along with the Student Annual, festivals and workshops, enhance the relationship between LHR and the greater community.

LHR-DeKooning-22631Willem De Kooning. Reclining Figure, 1969-1982. bronze. 67 in. x 130 in. x 96 in. (170.18 cm x 330.2 cm x 243.84 cm). Collection the Willem de Kooning Foundation. Location: de Kooning Place.

EXHIBITIONS        Each year LongHouse Reserve presents major exhibitions in both the pavilion and the gardens including our expanding Sculpture in the Gardens program. A collection of 80 sculptures for the gardens has been assembled including works of glass by Dale Chihuly, ceramics by Takaezu, and bronzes by Kiki Smith, Gaston Lachaise and de Kooning. Works by Ossorio, Claus Bury, Yoko Ono, Sol LeWitt, Pavel Opocensky, and Takashi Soga are also on view, while the installation of a Fly’s Eye Dome designed by Buckminster Fuller adds interesting scale and dimension.

Collections of conifers, flowering trees and shrubs, bamboo, ornamental grasses, daylilies, and other perennials offer a living catalogue to help visitors select varieties for their own landscapes. The April to May daffodil display includes more than 200 cultivars in a variety of settings. The four-season interest of the plantings encourages the extension of the conventional gardening season.

ATTENDANCE      Annual attendance exceeds 14,000, including group tours and the many schoolchildren who visit with their classes.

TOURS                 Docent-guided group tours are available year round and may be booked Monday through Friday and Saturday mornings. The fee for a tour of the LongHouse Reserve is $20 per person, with a $300 minimum, whichever is greater. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to schedule a tour, with the balance payable at arrival on the day of the visit. School tours are also available year round, at no charge. To schedule an adult group tour, contact Joanne Sohn at 631-329-3568. To schedule a school tour, go to our website at: http://www.longhouse.org/pages/book-a-tour.

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS       The benefits of membership include: free admission to the garden during “open days”, guest passes, informative newsletters and calendar of events, invitations to openings, discounts to special events and 10% discount on Larsen fabric, and purchases from INstore.   Members also receive free admission to: Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center in Garrison, NY; the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, PA; and the Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, MI

HOURS                 LongHouse Reserve gardens are open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. from late April to mid October. In the months of July and August only, LHR is open Wednesday through Saturday, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Other days by appointment only, but not on Sundays.

ADMISSION          Admission is free to members and children under 12 accompanied by an adult.   For the public and guests of members, admission is $10 per person, $8 for seniors.




LongHouse Reserve, 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton, NY 11937
Phone: 631.329.3568, fax 631.329.4299
www.longhouse.org or e-mail info@longhouse.org


Photos copyright Jeff Heatley.


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