We at FIVE THôT spend a lot of time loving art, architecture and literature. So, when we came across the trifecta of a story about abstract expressionist Ross Bleckner, author Truman Capote and an architecturally interesting compound in the Hamptons, we just had to share.
In 1961, author Truman Capote commissioned a saltbox home in the Hamptons where he is said to have written In Cold Blood, and that he owned until his death in 1984. You see, the Hamptons were, for quite some time, an artist colony before the Wall Street crowd plowed through the seaside towns planting mega mansions along the shore.
Capote’s home is in Sagaponack (between East Hampton and Southampton) and sits on four acres near the beach. After the death of Capote and his surviving partner Jack Dunphy, the house was bequeathed to the Nature Conservancy, which then sold it to artist Ross Bleckner in 1993 for $800,000.
The house was originally decorated by Capote, in a beachy and eclectic style—think wicker furniture and sea shells. You can view how it once-was in an Architectural Digest profile.
After Bleckner purchased the property, he restored the home, enlarged the main house to 2,000 square feet and added a 1,900 square-foot studio, a two-bedroom guesthouse, an outdoor pool and garage.
Here’s how Bleckner described the property to Hampton’s magazine:
“I bought it because I love that neighborhood,” says Bleckner. “I had a fire two years ago and had to rebuild the house. The following summer I spent in the city, and then I realized I’d been getting it wrong all these years. You should go to the Hamptons in the winter and come to New York City in the summer. Off-season, when the population diminishes by half, it’s wonderful.”
The home is currently for sale for $15 million. It seems that artistic provenance has its value.
^ The home as Capote lived (via Architectural Digest)
^ Bleckner's current home
^ Bleckner in studio (via Hampton's Magazine)
Truman Capote circa 1965 (via Architectural Digest)