Okay for Eothon Owner
A historical Montauk property will see some changes soon, even though the members of the East Hampton Town Zoning Board of Appeals, who approved them on Tuesday, were concerned that its appearance would be different.
Known as Eothon, the estate, which is owned by Adam Lindemann, an art dealer, was once owned by Andy Warhol. The guests who stayed there are legendary: Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minelli, Halston, John Lennon, and the Rolling Stones are just a few.
The property is at the end of Cliff Drive, near Deep Hollow Ranch, and has four cottages and a main house on it, connected by a circular driveway. The Church family, founding partners of Arm & Hammer, developed it long before zoning was adopted.
Mr. Lindemann applied for permission to add a 450-square-foot swimming pool, a pergola, and some decking, and the board said okay. One mitigation that the board instructed Beth Baldwin, its attorney, to put in the resolution of formal approval is an increase in the size of a buffer between the property’s lawn and its wetlands. Cate Rogers, a member, had pointed out that mowing was done right up to and into what should be a naturally vegetated buffer between the lawn and the wetlands.
The former director of Concerned Citizens of Montauk, Jeremy Samuelson, had opposed the changes during a Feb. 28 public hearing, and while the board took note of his opposition, the members found that besides being small, the pool would be in a location that fits with the overall look of the place. In addition, the pergola will be on an existing patio.
“This property is one of the most unique properties I have seen,” Roy Dalene told fellow board members. “I agree with Jeremy Samuelson.” Nevertheless, he voted for approval, saying he was saddened.
John Whelan, the Z.B.A. chairman, said the pool would be “very tastefully situated,” and he added, “You feel like you’re in Scotland.”