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Property Name Corwith William House
Reference Number 13000463
State New York
County Suffolk
Town Bridgehampton
Street Address 2368 Montauk Highway
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 7/3/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
Link to full file http://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/13000463.pdf
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The Corwith House is architecturally and historically significant as a distinguished and intact example of an early- to mid-19th century Long Island farmer's homestead, located in the hamlet of Bridgehampton. The Bridgehampton area prospered in the pre-Civil War period, riding a booming maritime economy centered in nearby Sag Harbor and the several grand Greek Revival style residences in Bridgehampton testify to the growing wealth of Bridgehampton's leading families. As the shipping and whaling economy waned in the late-19th century, increased interest in Long Island's east end as a wholesome summer retreat brought an influx of urban dwellers seeking a refreshing coastal setting. Many Southampton and East Hampton residents gladly took in boarders to supplement their incomes, many expanding or altering their homes to accommodate their paying guest. The large rear kitchen and dining area and the conversion or addition of unheated 2nd floor space in the north wing for family use during the summer rental period reflects this aspect of Bridgehampton's history.

 

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