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Jul 22, 2009 1:54 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Fashion designer Tory Burch to demolish Meadow Lane mansion

Jul 22, 2009 1:54 PM

A fashion designer plans to raze the oceanfront mansion in Southampton Village she was awarded in a divorce settlement one year ago.

Tory Burch has applied to the Southampton Village Board of Historic Preservation and Architectural Review to replace the mansion with a two-story, seven-bedroom home with a new pool, pool house and garage.

Ms. Burch is tearing down the house due to the extreme water damage it sustained when pipes burst during the winter a couple of years ago, according to her spokeswoman, Garine Zerounian. She said the house, which is on the west end of Meadow Lane on a 3.5-acre parcel, has been empty for two years because of the damage.

Southampton Town appraised the existing mansion at $22.5 million last year, when sole possession of the house was granted to Ms. Burch, according to town land records.

Because the existing house is not in the village’s historic district, Ms. Burch does not need the Architectural Review Board’s approval to demolish it. She is only seeking approval for her new construction plans.

Another fashion designer, Calvin Klein, began demolition of his Meadow Lane mansion in May. His was in the historic district, but he received permission to raze it with minimal opposition. He owned the former Dragon’s Head, a mansion built for Henry Francis du Pont in the 1920s then modified and expanded during the 1980s by then-owner Barry Trupin in violation of zoning codes, dividing and upending the village.

Ms. Burch’s eponymous fashion line is carried in Saks Fifth Avenue stores, her own boutiques, including one in East Hampton, and her flagship store in the NoLIta neighborhood of Manhattan.

She also has an application before the village Zoning Board of Appeals requesting permission to landscape, modify her existing driveway, and regrade within 125 feet of the wetlands boundary. That application will be before the ZBA at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.

Brendan O’Reilly

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22.5 million price tag for something that needs to be torn down? Pretty soon we aren't going to have any of the beautiful old mansions that defined this area.

Wake up Southampton Town before your history is completely destroyed!

What a pity.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jul 22, 09 5:11 PM
As someone born and raised here, I have NEVER thought of our area as being defined by those beachfront mansions. Maybe DEFILED. What defines the east end is the water and the relative peace we once had growing up here.
By squeaky (291), hampton bays on Jul 22, 09 6:19 PM
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Is it a beautiful old mansion? Apparently the photographer couldn't manage a walk down the beach to show which house is going to be facing the wrecking ball.

Disposable houses, quite a concept, though.
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Jul 23, 09 7:05 AM
"Divorce settlement..." Maybe a revenge motive?
By M. O'Connor (147), Southampton on Jul 23, 09 7:07 AM
Squeaky, your point is well taken. Perhaps I should have said that area. I have many memories of Sunday drives going past these stately mansions. I hate to see them destroyed due to water damage.

Yes, it revenge crossed my mind also when I read this. Probably why there was water damage.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jul 23, 09 8:36 AM
I wouldn't call it a beautiful old mansion. That area of Meadow Lane was only developed in the last 20 years when land was a steal for the new money... a measly one million dollars per acre.
By HBNative (15), Hampton Bays on Jul 25, 09 4:50 PM