Digging Deeper: An Evocative Vision—The Designers' Country Place

Digging Deeper: An Evocative Vision—The Designers' Country Place

Sat, May 12, 2018
10:00 AM

Surrounded by the preserved open spaces of the historic Grace Estate in Northwest Harbor, Peter van Hattum and his late partner, Harold Simmons, had the unique opportunity to create a new home on a site rich with history. Deeply evocative of a traditional country place, the result exudes a classic American style. Designed as a single composition, the house and garden at Hertenhof (Deer Court in Dutch), are featured in Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, by Brian J. McCarthy and Bunny Williams. For 20 years, Harold ran the architecture department at Parish-Hadley, one of America’s iconic design firms. While Peter started his career with major roles on Broadway, he opened his own interior design firm in the 1970s. In 1987, the couple opened their own office, working on important residential commissions throughout the Americas.

Completed in 2000, the Georgian style residence is filled with beloved and carefully collected modern pieces as well as English, French and Dutch antiques. Interior spaces flow seamlessly out into an exquisitely landscaped six-acre park, choreographing a way of living in the country that is comfortable and understated. For this special event, Open Days Regional Representative Chip Rae, a design and history enthusiast, will interview Peter van Hattum as the group explores both house and garden.

Registration is required and space is limited. All events are rain or shine. 

17 Terry's Trail, East Hampton, NY

Date and time
Saturday, May 12, 2018
10 a.m.

For more information, call the Garden Conservancy's Open Days toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442, or via email at opendays@gardenconservancy.org.

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