Recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation

Martin Architects Wins AIA Award

Martin Architects won a prestigious award at the 2020 AIA Peconic Daniel Rowen Design Awards ceremony on January 11, at the Ross School in East Hampton.

The firm’s project “Sagaponack Farmstand” was recognized in the category Outstanding Achievement in Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse.

As co-chair of the Sagaponack Architectural and Historic Review Board, Nick Martin, along with the Martin Architects team, recognizes Sagaponack’s historical roots and strives to protect the architectural vernacular and scale of the town’s residential landscape. Collaborators on this project included owner and designer, Tony Woods, and builder, Ian Evans.

Since the first English colonial settlement 350 years ago, the Sagaponack community — Sagg translating to “place where the large ground-nuts grow” — settled on farmland located within the larger parish of Southampton.

Since the settlement, Sagaponack has maintained its traditional integrity into the modern era: always one schoolhouse, one store, and port from which to export farm produce.

Fast forward to 2015: Martin Architects’ historically-conscientious client purchased the dilapidated series of structures that have since suffered several unrequited garish additions and were left fallow long enough to be structurally close to collapse. Furthermore, the land had been subdivided, keeping only the west structures in its client’s hands. Persistent in the fervor to return the buildings to their original colonial architecture vernacular, all additions done to the property were carefully executed with the goal of restoration always in mind, according to the company.

The restoration process was accompanied by a collection of historical records following the story of the structures’ original tenants. As a result, the houses were thoughtfully recorded, the original materials were collected, and the design was set into motion, according to Martin Architects.

The most iconic home in all of Sagaponack has just sold and closed for very close to $7.95 million ask. Paul Brennan and Martha Gundersen of Douglas Elliman represented both sides of the deal.

rmurphy@indyeastend.com