Get an inside look at Southampton’s unique architecture

St. Andrew's Dune Church in Southampton. (Courtesy photo)

St. Andrew’s Dune Church in Southampton. (Courtesy photo)

Each year, the Southampton Historical Museum offers a house tour, giving participants the opportunity to experience extraordinary houses that illustrate Southampton’s unique architectural history from colonial days to present day. 

The “7th Annual Tour of Southampton Homes: An Insider’s View,” is scheduled for Saturday, June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. A champagne reception catered by Sant Ambroeus follows at the museum’s Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane.

Among the buildings that will be on view is not a house, but a church — St. Andrew’s Dune Church which sits by the ocean near the bottom of Agawam Park.

One of Long Island’s most picturesque houses of worship and originally built as a life-saving station, it was acquired by a wealthy New York City doctor who donated it as a church in 1879. A local carpenter was hired to create its beautiful rustic interior, which is filled with many treasures, including 11 Tiffany widows. Over the years, the church has come under assault from raging seas and was nearly destroyed by the 1938 hurricane. It was lovingly restored and has twice been moved back from the sea.

Though it is non-denominational, summer services are organized under the direction of Southampton’s Episcopal Church.

On the day of the tour, tickets may be picked up or purchased beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Thomas Halsey House, 294 South Main Street, Southampton. To order tickets call 283-2494.