For many elite New Yorkers, the start of summer heralds the annual migration from the busy city to the Hamptons, where luxury homes, fine dining, and beaches await. While many of the new residential builds in the Hamptons take on a contemporary aesthetic, whether minimalist or maximalist in nature, there’s a long history of residential architecture to trace in the region—one with more modest beginnings. In the new book Behind the Privets: Classic Hamptons Houses ($50, DelMonico Books/Prestel), photographer Stanley Rumbough and historian Richard Barons take readers behind the hedges that line Hamptons streets and inside marvelous homes, from quaint 18th-century cottages to historic manses renovated by starchitects like Robert A.M. Stern. “Like Hollywood, or any other community that includes wealthy, privileged residents, the Hamptons (a word I loathe for describing more a state of mind than an actual location) is a place of hard-charging residents and almost inconceivable beauty,” writes Alec Baldwin, a Hamptons resident himself, in the book’s foreword. “Its beaches and lanes are blessed with architectural gems that rival the Cape, the Keys, and the Carolina coast.”
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