Mocomanto in Southampton Village. DANA SHAW
The team behind a proposal to expand the Southampton Village estate section home Mocomanto presented plans in December that reduce the size of a proposed addition, while also trying to restore the look of the residence to how it appeared in the 1920s.The revised plans were submitted in response to the Southampton Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review membersâ€™ wariness toward the original plansâ€™ use of a modern-looking connector that would join the historic home, located at 472 First Neck Lane, with an addition creating an L-shape.
On November 27, members of the board gave their first round of input on the project, and all agreed that the connector, which would be used as a kitchen and would be surrounded by glass, needed a little work. At the time, Chairman Curtis Highsmith told the architect and the attorney representing the homeowner, Ken Fox, that the connector appeared to be a â€śforeign element.â€ť
â€śWe went back to the drawing board,â€ť said Lisa Zaloga, the architect working on the project. â€śWeâ€™ve now relocated the addition; weâ€™ve detached the garage.â€ť
Ms. Zaloga told board members in December that the two-story addition is very reminiscent of photos of Mocomanto from the 1920s.
The wing will be flush with the north side of the home, and appear as one continuous wall.
Initially, the addition would have included the garage, but now the plans call for a detached garage. Ms. Zaloga described the garage as 16 feet high, very simple and reminiscent of the barns that were on the property at one time.
John Bennett, Mr. Foxâ€™s Southampton Village-based attorney, said the new addition will still have only nine bedrooms, â€¨and the coverage in the 150-foot wetland setback that was approved by the Southampton Village Zoning Board of Appeals will be the same.
He added that the proposed addition will be 24 feet, 11 inches high.
â€śThis is going to take a lot of review, but certainly what is being proposed is within the spirit of the history of the structure itself, which is 180 degrees of what we have seen before,â€ť said Zachary Studenroth, the boardâ€™s architectural consultant.
Patrick B. Fife, an attorney representing neighbors in opposition to Mr. Foxâ€™s project, submitted a letter to the Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review expressing his clientsâ€™ discontent with the proposal.
Specifically, Mr. Fife addressed a report put together by architect Jonathan S. Foster, who was hired by the neighbors to review the project.
â€śIn Mr. Fosterâ€™s opinion, the Applicantâ€™s proposed northern addition is historically inappropriate because it is out of proportion with the size, scale and massing of the existing house,â€ť Mr. Fife wrote. â€śThe proposed addition is also inconsistent with the size, scale and massing of Mocomantoâ€™s previous northern wing.â€ť
According to Mr. Fife, the proposed 57-foot-long addition would be 143 percent longer than Mocomantoâ€™s 40-foot eastern-facing facade and the footprint would be 90 percent larger than the historic homeâ€™s existing footprint.
Even more so, Mr. Fife said the addition would continue to be inconsistent with the village codeâ€™s standards and the Secretary of the Interiorâ€™s standard number nine, which says additions to historic structures â€śshall be differentiated from the old and will be compatible with the historic materials, features, size, scale and proportion, and massing to protect the integrity of the property and its environment.â€ť
The hearing was expected to continue at the next Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review meeting, which was scheduled for Monday, January 8, at 7 p.m. at Southampton Village Hall.
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