Thankfully abandoned buildings in the Hamptons are a rarity. Most structures here are meticulously cared for and cherished. One example is the Thomas Halsey House on main street in Southampton.
This rare "first period" house was built in 1660 when Main Street, in the pioneer hamlet of Southampton, was first laid out. Its owner, Thomas Halsey, was one of the original families who bought property from the Shinnecocks in 1640. Believed to be the oldest English-style house in New York State. via the Southampton Historical Museum
In East Hampton, the 1700s family home of John Howard Payne, ambassador, actor, playwright and composer of the Home Sweet Home is now the beautifully curated Home Sweet Home Museum.
The "Home Sweet Home" Cottage East Hampton Long Island
20 3/4" x 24" 1916 oil on canvas
by Frederick Childe Hassam (1859 - 1935)
MFA St. Petersburg Florida via
A beloved home often inspires a house portrait. I discovered artist Barbara Bellin this summer at the Hampton Classic. Bellin specializes in home portraiture. I love her creative uses of the portrait.
Janet Bellin's site here
If you ask, I would wager that just about any artist that you ask would enjoy the challenge of a house portrait commission. Do ask an artist that you love. Of course you could always cheat. There's an app for that!
My Halsey House photo "painted" by the Waterlogue app.