In December 1959, the East Hampton Town Building Department issued a building permit for the construction of a “purpose-built” art studio for James Brooks. Eight years earlier Brooks had become a leading member of the Abstract Expressionist movement. Designed by Brooks himself and constructed in the early 1960’s, this modern structure is a prime example of functional design.
At the Town Board meeting held on July 17, 2014, Resolution RES-2014-945 was unanimously adopted authorizing the Brooks-Park Historic Designation for the property. Ownership of the property purchased with Community Preservation Funds remains with The Town of East Hampton. The Town will complete all agreed upon renovations on the property during the proposed 18-month renovation period.
On May 8, 2017, the Town of East Hampton entered into a licensing agreement with Peconic Historic Preservation, Inc., for the Brooks Studio and the home he shared with his wife, Charlotte Park, as well as Charlotte’s Studio which are all situated on Neck Path in Springs. Peconic Historic Preservation, Inc., is now licensed to used the premises for artistic activities and programming, including but not limited to: art exhibitions, films, poetry readings, musical, dance and theater performances.
According to the management plan proposed by Peconic Historic Preservation, Inc., the inaugural art exhibition will be James Brooks, Charlotte Park and Friends, scheduled to open to the public on May 15, 2019.
1988 interview of James Brooks and Charlotte Park by Meg Perlman, conducted in their studio in Springs – East Hampton, NY. Video courtesy of the Brooks Park Heritage Project.
SUPPORT THIS PROJECT
Ashawagh Hall in Springs was the location of the Priscilla Bowden Potter Benefit Art Sale over Labor Day Weekend 2017 to support this project. Thanks to the generous donation by the Estate of Priscilla Bowden Potter through the sale of paintings and works on paper by Priscilla Bowden and works from her collection of other artists, including Robert Dash, Jane Freilicher, Tony Stubbing and Jack Youngerman, this Benefit Art Sale raised much needed funding for the restoration of the historic James Brooks and Charlotte Park home and studios in Springs, as well as for future programming at this historic site beginning in May 2019. All purchases from this sale were 100%-tax deductible donations to Peconic Historic Preservation, Inc., pursuant to Section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
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