All photos by LPG courtesy of Douglas Elliman
A turn-of-the-century mansion in Southampton designed by celebrated architect Wilson Eyre, founder of House & Garden magazine, is asking $13 million. Located at 767 Montauk Highway in Quiogue, the Arts and Crafts-style home measures 9,000 square feet, contains eight bedrooms and seven-and-a-half baths, and overlooks the serene Quantuck Bay. Dubbed Meadowcroft, the 7-acre estate is “an extraordinary example of the holistic approach to the joining of landscape and built form,” as the listing describes.
The home was constructed in 1904 as a summer cottage for Theodore E. Conklin, an industrialist who founded the T. E. Conklin Brass & Copper Company. Eyre practiced mainly in Philadelphia and became well known for his Shingle-style homes.
Five generations of the Conklin family lived at the home until it was sold in 1989, according to Douglas Elliman listing agent Enzo Morabito.
Morabito told Mansion Global, which first reported the listing, Conklin had the home built for his wife. “This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of real American history,” Morabito told the website.
“It’s significant, it’s romantic—the house was built as a valentine by Conklin for his wife —and it’s one of the first great examples, still standing, of inside/out architecture that remains the imprimatur of living the good life in the Hamptons.”
Eyre designed Meadowcroft as the perfect summer cottage, with even his placement of the dining room carefully considered. According to Anne Surchin’s Houses of the Hamptons, Eyre wrote that the “dining room should be located to the east, which places the dining area on the shady side of the house in the late afternoon and avoids sun at dinner hour, when it is hotter and slants into the room and becomes an annoyance,” as Arts & Architectural Quarterly East End reported.
Eyre’s eye for detail is found throughout the architectural gem, from the original wainscoted oak walls and double-swing carriage door to the custom fireplaces. The home’s lighting was done by Louis Comfort Tiffany, a personal friend of the Conklins. According to the listing, Tiffany used metal fabrications in brass and bronze created by Conklin’s company for his lamps.
Amenities fit for a seaside-escape include a bay-facing swimming pool, a dock, a movie screening room, a billiards room, a gym, outdoor areas for entertaining, staff quarters with a separate entrance, and a small cottage.
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Photos by LPG courtesy of Douglas Elliman