One of East Hampton, N.Y.’s most storied marine buildings, second only to the Montauk Lighthouse in importance in the opinion of local historians, is undergoing a restoration that will bring it back to the look of 1902, the year it was built as “United States Life-Saving Station No. 10.”
Construction began last week on what will be at least a yearlong project on the end of Long Island’s South Fork. It’s been five years since Joel Carmichael’s heirs gave East Hampton Town back the decommissioned station he’d bought for a dollar in 1966. The town then accepted bids totaling $141,269 to put it into some kind of usable shape, not a cent of which was ever spent.
Ever since, preservationists, town officials, Coast Guard veterans, civic activists, neighbors, even an entrepreneur or two, have fretted over its weather-beaten condition and wondered where to find the money to overhaul it.
The answer walked in a month ago from a local contractor and builder who is volunteering his work.