Architectural House Models of Houses in the Hamptons, Long Island's Gold Coast and New York City built by Model Maker Gary Lawrance, AIA of Lawrance Architectural Presentations, Stony Brook, New York.

Please click HERE to read the article, "Scaling Down Expectations" in the Wall Street Journal's real estate section, "Mansion", about architect Gary Lawrance, AIA and his firm, Lawrance Architectural Presentations.

Below are a few more photos of architectural models that have been created by architect/model maker Gary Lawrance, AIA.  My firm, Lawrance Architectural Presentations has been building  architectural models for many notable  Hamptons architects for over 20 years. These models have been used during design development, for Architectural Review Boards, ARBs or for presentation pieces to be appreciated as art works in the completed home. I also do many models for architects on Long Island's North Shore where villages such as Old Westbury and Brookville require architectural models for new construction or major renovations. For more information please contact me at, lawrance@optonline.net Please also visit my other blog, Mansions of the Gilded Age and friend Gilded Age Mansions on facebook and ask to join the group, Mansions of the Gilded Age.

Click HERE to see a listing of  other media sources and exhibitions where more examples of my work can be seen at the bottom of this post.


Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.






Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architetcural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John Laffey Architect,Watermill, New York.
Architectural Model Created for Katherine McCoy Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.

Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Katherine McCoy Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Katherine McCoy Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Katherine McCoy Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Katherine McCoy Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.
 Architectural Model Created for John David Rose Architect, Southampton, New York.

Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John David Rose Architect, Southampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John David Rose Architect, Southampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by John David Rose Architect, Southampton, New York.

Architectural Models Created for Preston T. Phillips Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.

Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Preston T. Phillips Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Preston T. Phillips Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Preston T. Phillips Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Preston T. Phillips Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a New York City Townhouse designed by Preston T. Phillips Architect, Bridgehampton, New York.
Architectural Models Created for Frank Greenwald Architect, East Hampton, New York.

Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Frank Greenwald Architect, East Hampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Frank Greenwald Architect, East Hampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Frank Greenwald Architect, East Hampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Frank Greenwald Architect, East Hampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Frank Greenwald Architect, East Hampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Frank Greenwald Architect, East Hampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Frank Greenwald Architect, East Hampton, New York.
Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Frank Greenwald Architect, East Hampton, New York.
Architectural Models Created for Fleetwood/McMullan Architects, East Hampton, NewYork.

Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Fleetwood & McMullan Architects, East Hampton, New York.

Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Fleetwood and McMullan Architects, East Hampton, New York.

Architectural model by Gary Lawrance, AIA Lawrance Architectural Presentations of a Hamptons home designed by Fleetwood and McMullan Architects, East Hampton, New York.


Architectural Models Created for Andrew V. Giambertone & Associates, Architects, Cold Spring Harbor New York.





 Architectural Models Created for Peter Cook Architect, Southampton, New York.










The Founding of the Southampton Summer Colony

Tomorrow, Sunday, July 27 at 3:00PM, architect & author, Gary Lawrance will be giving a walking tour at the south end of Lake Agawam in Southampton. The subject will be, "The Founding of the Southampton Summer Colony" 
The cottage of Dr. Theodore Gaillard Thomas, on the dunes with the beach club beyond.
In his  tour & talk, Mr. Lawrance will answer the question as to how and why Southampton and the other Hamptons, became a  preferred location by the rich and social elite of the Gilded Age. It is also at the location of the tour that it all began. In the 1870s, a Dr. Theodore Gaillard Thomas from New York came to visit Southampton and upon seeing it and experiencing  it's healthy benefits of clean air and refreshing breezes, decided to build a summer cottage. He bought some land at the southeast corner of Lake Agawam, facing the Atlantic Ocean and built a 4 story tall Victorian structure, that had so many porches that the locals called it the, "The Birdcage". The Doctor was so pleased with Southampton that he told all of his Blue Blood & Social Register patients and friends back in New York City, that Southampton was the place to be for good health, relaxation and good companionship amongst their friends. They soon followed suit and began to build their own cottages near Dr. Thomas and along the shores of Lake Agawam. This is generally agreed to be the epicenter of the invasion of New Yorker's, that would come and transform the sleepy village of Southampton, into a place of impressive shingle style cottages, social prominence and the chic and glamour that comes where ever the rich and famous congregate. 

Mr. Lawrance will talk and show photos of the original Thomas cottage, the origins of the Beach Club and the Dune Church. He will also discuss some of the many remaining cottages that surround Lake Agawam and their fascinating stories. Towards the end of the tour/talk he will focus on the estate called Wooldon Manor. This estate consisted of a huge 58 room mansion later owned by James and Jessie Woolworth Donahue, built on  the former Thomas property and the Donahue's stories of social aspiration and tragedy. After Mr. Donahue committed suicide, Mrs. Donahue lost interest in the property and Southampton society who wanted nothing to do with her.  In 1937 the estate was sold to Edmund Lynch of Merrill Lynch. Mr. Lynch died a year later and his estate trustees demolished the mansion. They then subdivided the property, selling  most of it to Mr. Lynch's partner Charles Merrill. While the mansion was gone, the part of the lot which had formerly been the site of the Thomas cottage and torn down by the Donahues, who built a Tudor pool house there, Mr Merrill converted into a residence.
Wooldon Manor has been recently been in the news due to the sale of this land. In 1877 when Dr. Thomas bought his 14 acre property for $200.00 per acre, the local farmers were aghast that someone would pay so much for land that was so close to the ocean, which was considered a bad neighbor. In 1900 Dr. Thomas sold off a big piece of the estate to a Dr. Peter Brown Wyckoff for $20,000. Then twenty eight years later the Wyckoff property was sold to the James Donahue family for $150,000, which also bought the remaining Thomas land and recombined the estate, so that it ran from Gin Lane to the ocean. In 2013 the entire property minus a small parcel that was once the carriage and greenhouses, sold for $75 million. In 2014 the property was again put on the market and has just recently sold for $80 million. I wonder what those farmers who were aghast in 1877 would think today?
Wooldon Manor at Southampton.
 
The pool house at Wooldon Manor before expansion.



Here are some links to more about the recent sale of Wooldon Manor, which the expanded pool house is now called.

Wooldon Manor and many other Hamptons houses are featured in the best selling book, " Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930" by Gary Lawrance& Anne Surchin. Click HERE to buy the newly revised 2013 editon. Click HERE to buy the 2007 edition.

The tour will meet in the parking lot in front of the Southampton Beach Club/Dune Church buildings at the south end of Lake Agawam in Southampton.
Sunday, July 27 at 3:00 PM, $10, free for members of the Southampton Historical Museum. For more information please click, HERE.

Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930

After viewing the house tour or for those who cannot attend, this book, "Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930", is a great source for the architectural & social history of the summer cottages from the Hampton's Gilded Age. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0926494775/ref=as_li_ss_sm_fb_us_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=399837&creativeASIN=0926494775&linkCode=shr&tag=mansion00-20&linkId=ADTA7NCCBO3JVXVU 
Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930

The Southampton Historical Museum's Annual House Tour

This Saturday, May 31st, the Southampton Historical Museum is having it's annual house tour. From quaint cottages from the Gilded Age to oceanfront villas of today's Gilded Age, this tour gives an insider's view into these unique and beautifully decorated homes. Please follow the link for more information.http://www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org/special_events/purchase-your-tickts-for-insiders-view-of-southampton-homes
One of the homes on this weekends tour.

New York Times reports that Rizzoli Bookstore is Closing by April 11



Well the end is here for the Rizzoli Bookstore! The building will be demolished, but hopefully Rizzoli will find a new location. For all of those in the New York City area, they are having a closing sale, ending April 11 with up to 40% off. Even if you are not planning on buying any books, you should go see this great building and space. This is one of the truly last great bookstore spaces in New York City. Please click this link to read about it in today's New York Times. The book, " Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930, by Gary Lawrance & Anne Surchin is also available for 40% off. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/garden/deals-at-rizzoli-modani-pollack-and-treillage.html?_r=0

Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930 is available for 40% off until April 11 at the closing sale of  the Rizzoli bookstore 




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