Gone, But Not Forgotten: Demolished Historic Buildings Across Southampton [PHOTOS]

A photo gallery of historic homes that have been demolished.

As Southampton Town's Landmarks and Historic Board continues its mission to preserve existing historical sites across the town through its landmarks preservation amendment, Patch thought to provide a look back at those historic structures that have been demolished before they could be preserved.

The landmarks preservation amendment, which passed in October 2011, aims to preserve additional historic properties in town by lowering the number of property owners necessary to sign off on designating their neighborhood as a historic district, from 100 percent to 20 percent.

Prior to its adoption, Southampton Town, which is one of the oldest municipalities in the United States — settled in 1640 — had no mechanisms for preserving its vast history.

There are currently 12 official sites designated as landmarks in Southampton Towm. Among them, the Lyzon Hat Shop, Prosper King House and Canoe Place Chapel in Hampton Bays, the Noyac School House, the Fordham Mill in Southampton, the Water Mill Museum and the Nathaniel Rogers House in Bridgehampton.

What do you remember about these historic structures? Post your memories in the comment section below.

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Oliver Peterson March 28, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Cool post!
CMagee March 29, 2013 at 12:30 AM
There is one is don't really remember myself, but I wish had been preserved as it was. The Tiana Life Saving Station was built in 1920 to replace an even older Station House. This building later became the well-known Neptune Night Club. It was I believe purchased by the Town of Southampton with Community Preservation Funds in 2006, and has been used for various purposes since. We held our class reunion in the building a few years ago. I believe the building was moved at some point and even though at least some in SHTown knew this was a historic building, they unfortunately had the builders lower the tower saying it was against height restrictions in the town codes. Now they are trying to restore buildings in the town - I think this would be a great time to fix this past error. I'd love to see this building restored as it once was and made into a museum to recognize the important life-saving work that these Stations and the men who worked there performed for many years. Amagansett is currently restoring their station - the old Life Saving Station in Quogue has been restored, but it is a private home, it would be wonderful to have one here for the public to see - at the very least a plaque of some sort should be erected in front of the building with some information about the US Life Saving Service.
Robert Murray March 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM
Forham Mill is in Speonk. It would be interested to see photos of what has been built in place of these old structures that have been demolished.
E. Trillo March 29, 2013 at 01:46 PM
The Neptune nite club was the original Tiana club owned by Charlie Bates. The building next door which the town purchased was once called the Mimosa before that it was called The Eye the last nite club there was called Summers. I believe the building was a private house before it was The Eye. The club on the Bay side was the Drift Inn in the early sixties then became the Cat Ballieu after the Lee Marvin classic movie, it then became the Drift Inn before it burned Down. The town also bought this property. The house in the photo looks like the Scotch Mist Inn that was up on a hill overlooking Southampton Collage. This Inn burned down many decades ago.


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