The National Trust for Historic Preservation lists the Brooks-Park Home and Studios in East Hampton, New York as one of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places for 2022. This year’s list reflects communities that have been historically underrepresented in collective preservation and interpretation.
The Brooks-Park Home and Studios acted as a creativity incubator for 20th-century Abstract Expressionist artists James Brooks and Charlotte Park. They deemed their residence, studio, and guest house as an artistic escape for both themselves and guests. The structures are situated on 11 acres and illustrate the artists’ bond with the environment and its influence on the art and culture of the area.
Park lived on the property after Brooks’ death and flourished as an artist but her accomplishments are more fully appreciated by art historians today. Since Park’s death in 2010, the site has deteriorated due to vandalism, wildlife, and neglect. The Town of East Hampton purchased the property in 2013 and in 2014, designated it as a local landmark. The Town expressed interest in working with the emerging nonprofit Brooks-Park Arts and Nature Center but the Town must formally vote to approve preservation, then additional funding will be required.
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