Ellis Squires House - SW corner
Ellis Squires House - West Elevation
Ellis Squires House - Facade With Screen Porch
Ellis Squires House - Front Door
Ellis Squires House - Facade Detail
Ellis Squires House - Original 4/4 Window
Ellis Squires House - Original 9/6 Window
Ellis Squires House - Original Shingles
Ellis Squires House - Rubblestone Foundation

Ellis Squires built his Federal style home in 1785, two years after the end of the American Revolutionary War.  It is believed to be the oldest remaining dwelling in the hamlet of Hampton Bays, New York.  Now, two hundred thirty two years later, on February 14, 2017, the Southampton Town Board adopted Resolution 2017-112 authorizing Supervisor Jay Schneiderman to execute a Stewardship Agreement with Peconic Historic Reservation, Inc., the “natural and logical steward of the premises” for the purposes of restoration and management of the property for a period of ten years.

Ten years ago, on July 24, 2007, the Town of Southampton recognized the architectural, historic and cultural values and significance of the building and setting and designated it a town historic landmark with the adoption of Town Board Resolution 2007-1071 pursuant to Southampton Town Code 330-321 declaring the Ellis Squires House is an important historic resource and contributes to the Hampton Bay’s hamlet’s historic properties.

Pursuant to the terms of the agreement, Peconic Historic Preservation, Inc., agrees to preserve and maintain the exterior form, features and original interior details of the Ellis Squires House and will undertake the historic restoration of the building in strict accordance with the Secretary of the Interiors Standards for the Preservation of Historic Buildings.

The Ellis Squires House, located at 186 Newtown Road, is a two-story, gable roofed, shingle clad dwelling of the late 18th century period and is built in that classic Federal style.  The building incorporates single story extensions to the north (rear) and east.  This house is painted white with white trim and roof is currently covered with non-historic composition tab asphalt shingles.  Its front façade faces south and is characterized by three window bays with a front door in the left hand bay that retains side lights and a pedimented entry embellishment with molded pilasters.  The house is supported on its rubble stone foundation that is characteristic of its original construction period and retains a principal brick chimney that dates from the 19th century.

The massing of the main dwelling is roughly square in shape, measuring 22’-6” wide by 28’-6” deep, and the walls are covered with wood cedar shingles measuring their exposed facing at 6” long on the sides and 13” long on the front façade.  It is entirely likely that the longer shingle type may be original and its associated nailing pattern is characteristic of the mid-to-late 18th century construction practice.  The predominant window type is nine-over-six and the sashes are set within molded window casings that are typical of 18th century design.  Several four-over-four windows also survive from this period.  The larger, six-over-six sashes on the side walls are associated with a mid-19th century alteration.

The north (rear) extension and screened porch extending to the east are largely of 20th century construction, although the original 18th century kitchen, which retains hewn structural framing, is incorporated within a portion of the back extension.  The exterior stucco wall treatment and multi-paned windows are typical of early 20th century Long Island “half-house” design and construction practice.

Our goal will be to preserve and maintain critical interior features of the house which include the front parlor mantelpiece, glazed cupboard, panel doors and trim; center room mantelpiece and chair rail; front hall stairway including treads and risers, newel posts, balusters and handrail; board-and-batten doors and hardware; wide board flooring; ceiling frame components including exposed beaded floor joists in the center room and back extension.

Our exterior restoration will include paint removal by hand techniques in order to establish a suitable base coat foundation for repainting; preparation, priming and repainting wood features and surfaces; installation of new roof covering using 18” wood Perfection red cedar shingles measuring a minimum of 6” exposure; replacement in kind of exterior wood shingle siding to match the original 30” Atlantic White Cedar shingles with a 13” exposure and Tremont galvanized cut nails consistent with the original nailing specifications.

Our project begins with the preparation of a Historic Structure Report and architectural drawings.  The HSR provides documentary, graphic and physical information about the Ellis Squires House history and existing conditions.  The report provides a thoughtfully considered argument for selecting the most appropriate approach to treatment prior to commencement of the restoration work, and outlines a scope of recommended work.  The report records the findings of research and investigation, as well as the processes of physical work, for future researchers.

The Town of Southampton remains the fee title owner of the real property on which the Ellis Squires House is situated and acknowledges and supports Peconic Historic Preservation, Inc., in their efforts to raise funds for both the acquisition and preservation of the Premises and the restoration of the existing historic house and its original architectural details.  The Ellis Squires House is set upon a 24,506 sq ft parcel that is adjacent to a 5.9286-acre natural site that is owned by the Town of Southampton Community Preservation Fund.  The proximity of both parcels to the Squires Pond and important wetlands provide a setting for the preserved historic structure that will reflect exactly how Squires lived in the early days of the new nation, over 232 years ago.

On September 28, 2017, following a detailed review of our application, the State Review Board recommended to the Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, who is the New York State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), that the property be listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places. On November 9, 2017, we received word from Albany that the Ellis Squires House has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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