LongHouse Reserve

We recently had the joy of visiting the North Fork with my in – laws and I have been meaning to visit LongHouse Reserve for a bit which is about 40 minutes from where we stayed in East Hampton area — so on that Saturday of our trip we drove there and had a lovely tour by Alex Feleppa – he has an interesting background in Anthropology, art and horticulture.  He was trained at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx. He gave us beautiful insight to the overall LongHouse Reserve,  Jack Larsen’s vision, and a bit about the art that you find throughout this incredible reserve! If you are visiting Long Island or if you want to visit an incredible place in nature visit : https://www.longhouse.org/


LongHouse Reserve exemplifies living with art in all forms. Founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, its collections, gardens, sculpture and programs reflect world cultures and inspire a creative life.

LongHouse Reserve is a 16 acre reserve and sculpture garden located in East Hampton, NY, featuring pieces from Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono and Willem de Kooning to name a few.  Open to members and to the public for a small fee.  For more information about visiting LongHouse, click here.  

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LongHouse Reserve was founded by Jack Lenor Larsen, internationally known textile designer, author, and collector.  His home, LongHouse,  was built as a case study to exemplify a creative approach to contemporary life. He believes visitors experiencing art in living spaces have a unique learning experience–more meaningful than the best media. LongHouse contains 13,000 square feet, and 18 spaces on four levels. The gardens present the designed landscape as an art form and offer a diversity of sites for the sculpture installations.

LongHouse encompasses nearly 16 acres of East Hampton Township’s great Northwest Woods. Since he acquired the property in 1975, Jack Larsen has laid out an entrance drive lined with majestic cryptomerias, established lawns and ornamental borders, and defined major spaces as settings for plant collections and sculpture.

The long, low berms that divide the property recall the boundaries of farm fields that occupied the site until it was abandoned for agricultural use in the 19th century. Much of the deciduous canopy of second growth native trees has been preserved.

Finding inspiration in the 7th century Shinto shrine at Ise, Japan, Larsen decided to build the house on the property in 1986. LongHouse was designed by architect Charles Forberg and built by Joe Tufariello.

Throughout the 16 acre site, permanent works are on display along with those on seasonal loan from artists, collectors, and dealers. Whether you return to see an old favorite or walk the grounds in search of a new installation, LongHouse entices with noteworthy works and magnificent vistas.


Cobalt Reeds (Dale Chihuly, 2000, blown glass) – yes a Chihuly !! and the color is exceptional

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I loved hearing about their recycling and compost program I loved this especially since the North Fork is a big winery area – what about re -using the grape shells they use them to cover the ground and it not only is a smart way to recycle but it creates a beautiful landscape

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One of my favorite pieces — so what is different about this Chess Board ? You don’t know who is who – you have to trust your opponent 

Play It By Trust (Yoko Ono, 1999) changes the game of chess into a monochrome enigma fascinating all ages.


The gardens at LongHouse serve as a living case study of the interaction between plants and people in the 21st century.

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