8 Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios to Visit on Long Island

Thomas and Mary Nimmo Moran may have been some of the first artists to make their way to Long Island, New York (see our Spring 2023 story in Preservation magazine), but they weren’t the last. Within a 15-minute drive of their East Hampton house, you can visit six other members and affiliate members of the National Trust’s Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios (HAHS) program, and another HAHS site lies in Centerport on the North Shore.

  1. Exterior shot of the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, which is a two-story beige and brown house with a large front lawn.

    Photo By: Don Freeman

    Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio, East Hampton, New York

    Landscape painter Thomas Moran often worked in the quirky house he built circa 1884, and he and wife, etcher Mary Nimmo Moran, also lived there seasonally with their three children.

  2. A wide angle view of a beached barge with  three colorful squares on one of the upper stories and a ramp leading up to the entrance. It is white and black with a small beach in front and the expanse of the bay behind it.

    Photo By: D'Amico Institute of Art

    Victor D’Amico Institute of Art, Amagansett, New York

    The Mabel and Victor D’Amico Studio and Archive, home to an influential pair of educators and artists, complements The Art Barge, a former U.S. Navy vessel they transformed into an art school.

  3. Exterior shot of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, which is a wooden structure with a large multi-paned window on one side.

    Photo By: Jeff Heatley/Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

    Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, East Hampton

    Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner lived and worked on this property, now owned by the Stony Brook Foundation. Traces of their Abstract Expressionist paintings remain on the barn’s floor and walls.

  4. Interior shot of the Madoo Conservancy. All walls on display are painted red, with one wall covered in eclectic mirrors, and the other featuring a large art piece. Various chairs are placed throughout the room.

    Photo By: Mick Hales

    The Madoo Conservancy, Sagaponack, New York

    Madoo, the private world of Expressionist landscape painter and gardener Robert Dash, combines impressive gardens with historic structures, including a 1740 barn.

  5. Exterior shot of the Dove/Torr Cottage, a white structure with green detailing that is close to a body of water.

    Photo By: Maya Argov/The Heckscher Museum of Art

    Dove/Torr Cottage, Centerport, New York

    Now owned by the Heckscher Museum of Art, this one-room North Shore cottage served as the home of Modernist painters Arthur Dove and Helen Torr.

  6. Exterior shot of the Arts Center at Duck Creek Farm, a wood-paneled structure with large white barn doors.

    Photo By: Jess Frost

    Arts Center at Duck Creek, East Hampton (affiliate)

    This community arts hub includes a historic barn used by Abstract Expressionist John Little as a studio during the 1950s.

  7. Photo of white interior, facing large windows. There are buckets of paint, paintbrushes, canvases, wooden frames, and a plethora of other brightly colored paints and tools scattered around the interior.

    Photo By: Barbara Lynne Photography

    Elaine de Kooning House, East Hampton (affiliate)

    The property where Elaine de Kooning lived and painted in her later years hosts exhibitions, events, and artist residencies, and is open for tours by appointment.

  8. Exterior shot of the LongHouse Reserve, a multi-story beige structure with a pitched roof, solar panels, and large glass windows in front of a body of water.

    Photo By: LongHouse Reserve

    LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton (affiliate)

    The sculpture garden at the home of the late textile designer and collector Jack Lenor Larsen contains works by Buckminster Fuller, Willem de Kooning, and Yoko Ono, among others.

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