Beloved Art Barn Begins A New Chapter
Corcoran Group Real Estate Luxury Market Leader Tim Davis is pleased to announce the sale of the iconic “Art Barn” in Southampton Town’s Quiogue hamlet. Originally designed to house the world-renowned art collection of Jerome and Ellen Stern, long-time Hamptonites who resided in a neighboring 13-acre waterfront estate nicknamed Camp Jerome, the 7,500-square-foot, multi-use structure functions as a standalone “residence” with a code of occupancy. Situated on 2.21 acres with mature trees including two amazing blue atlas cedars, it’s easy to see why the possibilities are endless.
The Sterns commissioned architect Frederick Stelle of Stelle-Lomont-Rouhani Architects in Bridgehampton, and Serge Spitzer, a Romanian artist whose sculptures they collected, to create the 2.5-story, climate-controlled space with contemporary architecture and a galvanized steel facade. The structure features four galleries, one bedroom and one bath. Its 36-foot-high design was ideal to showcase works of art by Joseph Beuys, photographer Thomas Struth, Gerhard Richter and Catherine Opie, among dozens of artists they supported over 60 years. Upon Mr. Stern’s passing in 2017, Sotheby’s auctioned the highly respected, comprehensive collection with phenomenal results. For the Art Barn’s individual listing, Davis suggested “many uses from a guest house to a showroom and storage for collectibles of all kinds such as automobiles.” It will be fascinating to see what the new owner has in store for this “blank canvas of architecture.” Perhaps replacing vast walls, which originally displayed artworks, with glass, will take advantage of the natural light and surrounding established landscape. “I’m excited to see how the plans unfold,” states Tim. “Seeing the ‘before and after’ is one of the things I love best about selling homes in the Hamptons market.”