Imagine my shock upon driving into Southampton Village on Tuesday, November 17. I witnessed a man drilling into the red brick façade of the old Town Hall building. He was mounting awnings over the windows. Each awning had the name “Phillips.” (Phillips is a New York City outfit attempting to do business in our country village.) Each awning will cover the beautiful crown with keystone over the windows.
I was appalled enough to call Village Hall to speak with a Architectural Review Board person. I was informed that they had been given permission to defile this venerable building with 13 such awnings!
This is a crime. It is sign pollution at its worst.
I live in a historic home, and I serve as a trustee at the Southampton History Museum. I believe in protecting our history.
What was the village thinking? To allow this blatant and disagreeable destruction of an architectural gem in the middle of our village? So sad!
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