The longtime Orient studio of artist-couple Peter and Florence Grippe is on the market for $639,000.

Florence Grippe donated the building to Pennsylvania's Allentown Museum last year. Peter Grippe died in 2002 at the age of 90. The gift included the sculptor and printmaker's art collection, which included works by Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Jacques Lipchitz and Franz Kline. Grippe's work is in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art.

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The front of the T-shaped building contains a 1,500-square-foot space with high ceilings and a truck dock that used to be Grippe's studio. Another 500-square-foot space is behind it, the area that used to be Florence Grippe's studio. This leads into a 1,000-square-foot living area with three bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room/dining room and a bathroom. There's a half-bath in the studio area.

"When I first saw Peter's studio, it was filled with his work, all of which has been trucked away," listing agent William Edwards of Beninati Associates said.

Built in 1940, the building served as a gathering point for small vegetable growers for about two decades, Edwards said. The vegetables, most cauliflower, were brought to auction houses in Southold and Riverhead, he said.

The Grippes bought the structure around 1964. The one-acre property is next to about 25 to 30 acres of preserved farmland. 

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Museum officials have said that proceeds from the sale of the property will be put toward a fund in the Grippes' name, possibly to be used to create a room at the museum in their honor.

 

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