Huntting Lane & Nature Trail, East Hampton


Huntting Lane, East Hampton

 
Huntting Lane - Ginsberg A 10483This postcard, looking down Huntting Lane from Main Street, is dated 1910. Today, the street and sidewalk are paved and trees have matured, but the character of Huntting Lane has not significantly changed. Photo Courtesy of East Hampton Library, Ginsberg Postcard Collection. 
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When Huntting Lane was opened in 1893, East Hampton was at the beginning of a building boom which would transform it from an agrarian community to a summer resort. Huntting Lane became the setting for an important part of East Hampton’s summer colony.

Beecher House 10486Henry Ward Beecher House, northeast corner of Huntting Land and Main Street. Today, East Hampton Village Hall. Archival postcard courtesy of the East Hampton Library, Ginsberg Collection.

Huntting Inn - Ginsberg + 10485Huntting Inn, southeast corner of Huntting Land & Main Street. Archival postcard courtesy of the East Hampton Library, Ginsberg Collection.

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Charles & Mary Parsons, proprietors of the Huntting Inn, ran Huntting Lane down the middle of their vast home lot and constructed a bridge over the Hook Pond dreen to connect with Egypt Lane. This open pastureland, which had been in the Huntting family for two hundred years, provided prime building sites close to Main Street. Huntting Lane developed rapidly and within ten years the twelve cottages that today give the street its character had all been constructed.

Greycroft Adj 10712

AAQ - Huntting  Lane - Greycroft 11133Greycroft, built for Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo G. Woodhouse in 1893, was designed by the architect I.H.Green Jr., who introduced the Shingle Style to East Hampton’s summer colony. His gambrel-roofed cottages had a great influence locally, which can be seen on Hunting Lane in the George A. Eldredge House.

Greycroft Stairway Adj 10713Large halls with stairways of multiple flights were at the core of the Shingle Style summer houses. The hall at Greycroft features details inspired by Colonial homes including the boxed beam ceiling, the paneled wainscoting, and the large fan window with delicate lead tracery that illuminates the stairway landing. 

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What distinguished Huntting Lane was that substantial new houses were constructed both for wealthy summer visitors as well as for local businessmen and tradesmen who were enjoying the economic benefits of the new summer colony. Among the summer cottages is Greycroft, built for the Woodhouse family, important members of the East Hampton summer colony. Among the homes built by local residents are those of the builders George A. Eldredge and Edward M. Gay, the mason Norman Barns, the plumber S.C. Grimshaw and the home of James E. Huntting, president of the East Hampton Lumber and Coal Co.

Eldredge Main ++ 10718George A. Eldredge, the premier builder of East Hampton’s summer colony and a self-taught architect, designed and built this house for himself in 1901. One of Eldredge’s first commissions was construction of Greycroft in 1893. 

Eldredge Carriage ++ 10719This original carriage house to the George A. Eldredge House is a reminder of the means of transportation during the period when East Hampton’s summer colony was established. 

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Huntting Lane is also noteworthy for the similarities between the summer cottages and the year-round homes. This is especially true of the six residences which reflect the popularity of the Shingle Style during this period among both East Hampton’s summer residents and local businessmen. The 1894 Greycroft, designed by I.H. Green, Jr., for Lorenzo G. Woodhouse, is one of the Village’s grand Shingle Style summer houses. The 1901 George A. Eldredge House, designed by the builder, demonstrates the adaptability of the Shingle Style to a modest-sized, year-round residence. Joining the Shingle Style houses is a group of distinguished Queen Anne Style houses — all built by local residents — which contribute to the harmony of the street with their shingled exteriors, gabled roofs and restrained ornamentation.

AAQ - Huntting Lane B 11137Frank Stratton, manager of the Railroad Avenue yard of the East Hampton Lumber & Coal Company, built this Queen Anne Style house in 1900. Frank Stratton grew up at Third House in Montauk where his parents ran an inn. He later became Captain of the Ditch Plain Life-Saving Station. Moving to East Hampton in 1886, he became a partner in Van Scoy, Dayton and Stratton’s general store on Main Street before joining the lumber company.

AAQ - Huntting House C 11145The wealth brought to East Hampton’s new building industry by the growth of the summer colony is clearly stated in this grand Quee Anne Style house built for James E. Huntting in 1896. Mr. Huntting was president of the East Hampton Lumber & Coal Company.

AAQ - Huntting  Lane A 11131This is the 1901 home of Edward M. Gay who built many of the largest cottages in the summer colony. The stucco and half-timbering in the gables is also a feature of many summer houses of this period.

Lorenzo E. Woodhouse 10720“The Fens,” Home of Mr. and Mrs. Lorenzo E. Woodhouse, designed by Joseph Greenleaf Thorp, 1903/4. Demolished 1949. Archival postcard courtesy of the East Hampton Library, Ginsberg Collection.

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Today Huntting Lane evokes the best qualities of East Hampton’s early summer colony and recalls the close relationship between the summer colony and the local residential areas which characterized the Village at the turn of the century.

Huntting Lane is a historic district with a strong and consistent character. The twelve historic houses are similar in their scale, form and shingled exteriors and are closely related in architectural style. The rhythm of these houses on either side of the street, their similar setbacks and open front yards allow each historic house to contribute to the larger setting of the Lane.

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The residents of Huntting Lane worked closely with the Mayor’s Committee on Historic Preservation in establishing the Huntting Lane Historic District. Residents played an active role in drawing up guidelines tailored to preserving the historic character of their neighborhood. One Huntting Lane homeowner, Irene Krone, noted: “Huntting Lane is a beautiful street. We are all very pleased in having played our part in preserving this historically important part of our village.”

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Huntting Lane Whipple 12078

Postcard Courtesy of East Hampton Library, Ginsberg Postcard Collection. 

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Huntting Lane Historic District 10724

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Written & Edited by Robert Hefner for the Village of East Hampton’s Report to Residents / Village of East Hampton Historic Preservation Program, 2000. Copy courtesy of Robert Hefner. Photos, copyright — Jeff Heatley. Postcards — courtesy of the East Hampton Library, Harvey Ginsberg Postcard Collection. 

Visit: AAQ/Contents/Profile: Ocean Avenue, East Hampton

Visit: AAQ/Portfolio/Preservation: East Hampton — Ocean Avenue to Main Beach

Visit: AAQ/Portfolio/Preservation: East Hampton Main Street Historic District / East Side

Visit: AAQ/Portfolio/Preservation: East Hampton Main Street Historic District / West Side

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Visit: Village of East Hampton — www.easthamptonvillage.org

Visit: Ladies Village Improvement Society — www.LVIS.org

Visit: East Hampton Library — www.easthamptonlibrary.org

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ADDENDUM: WOODHOUSE JAPANESE GARDEN 

AAQ - Woodhouse Garden 11135Archival postcard courtesy of the East Hampton Library, Harvey Ginsberg Collection.

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AAQ - Japanese Garden 11136Archival postcard courtesy of the East Hampton Library, Harvey Ginsberg Collection.

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ADDENDUM: NATURE TRAIL & BIRD SANCTUARY

AAQ - Nature 5579 11134

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AAQ - Huntting 290 11138

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AAQ - Huntting 849 11142

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Huntting Nature 5246 12081

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2896 11613

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2876 11614

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2891 11610

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AAQ - Huntting 302 11139

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2957 11609

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Huntting Nature 5208 12079

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Huntting Nature 5218 12083

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AAQ - Huntting 10.3.14 # 6320 12368

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AAQ - Huntting 10.3.14 # 6295 12369

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AAQ - Huntting 10.3.14 # 6315 12370

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AAQ - Huntting 6325++ 12377

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Huntting Nature 5267 12082

St. Francis of Assisi

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Huntting 10.15.14 # 8005 12491

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Huntting 10.15.14 # 8035 12492

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Huntting 10.15.14 # 8086 12493

Huntting Ln # 8697 12519

Huntting Ln # 8590 12520

Huntting Ln # 8584 12521

AAQ - Huntting Nat # 9836 13036

AAQ - Huntting Nat # 9707 13034

AAQ - Huntting Nat # 9868 13035

AAQ - Huntting 0027 13118

AAQ - Huntting 0026 13120

AAQ - Huntting 0014 13119

AAQ - Huntting 11.4.14 # 1047 13360

AAQ - Huntting Lane 11.5.14 # 1434 13404

AAQ - Huntting Lane 11.5.14 # 1456 13405

AAQ - Huntting 11.7.14 # 1615++ 13468

AAQ - Huntting 11.7.14 # 1562+ 13466

AAQ - Huntting 11.7.14 # 1613+ 13461

AAQ - Huntting 11.7.14 # 1550++ 13467

Huntting 11.10.14 # 1821 13531

Huntting 11.10.14 # 1857 13520

AAQ - Huntting 11.12.14 # 1993 13603

AAQ - Huntting Lane 2003 13600

AAQ - Huntting 2408+ 13597

AAQ - Huntting 2372 13596

AAQ - Huntting 11.12.14 # 1985 13601

AAQ - Huntting Lane 2908 13642

AAQ - Huntting 11.19.14 # 2919 13691

AAQ - Huntting Lane 2968 13641

Huntting 3374 13784

Huntting 3415 13783

AAQ - Huntting Nature - Water Canal 14259

AAQ - Huntting Nature - Duck 14258

Huntting 1.13.15 # 5261 14702

Huntting 1.13.15 # 5274 14703

AAQ - Huntting Trail 3.17.15 # 6568+ 15254

AAQ - Huntting Trail 3.17.15 # 6573+ 15255

AAQ - Huntting Trail 3.17.15 # 6575+ 15256

Huntting Lane 3.19.15 # 6627 15280

AAQ - Huntting Trail 3.23.15 # 6582 15304

AAQ - Huntting Trail 3.23.15 # 6825 15303

AAQ - Huntting 3.23.25 # 6845 15325

AAQ - Huntting Trail 3.23.15 # 6852+ 15306

AAQ - Huntting Trail 3.23.15 # 6818+ 15307

AAQ - Huntting Trail 3.23.15 # 6827 15299

AAQ - Huntting 4.10.15 # 8232 15585

AAQ - Huntting 4.10.15 # 8269 15586

AAQ - Huntting 4.10.15 # 8258 15588

AAQ - Huntting 4.10.15 # 8242 15589

AAQ - Huntting 4.10.15 # 8309 15587

AAQ - Huntting Nat 4.15.15 # 8542 15653

AAQ - Huntting Nat 4.15.15 # 8527 15652

AAQ - Huntting Nature 8900 15791

AAQ - Huntting Nature 8918 15789

AAQ - Huntting Nature 8921+ 15794

AAQ - Huntting Nature 8946+ 15793

AAQ - Huntting Nature 8934++ 15795

Huntting 5.14.15 # 1072 16203

Huntting 5.14.15 # 1064 16204

Huntting 5.14.15 # 1017 16205

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Photographs, other than postcard or archival, copyright Jeff Heatley.

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