An 1840s Egyptian revival home in Sag Harbor that belonged to the late playwright Lanford Wilson is on the market for $2.695 million.
Wilson wrote countless memorable plays, including “Hot L Baltimore” and “Burn This” and won the Pulitzer prize for drama in 1980 for his play “Talley’s Folly.” He died in March at the age of 73. He had owned the home since 1972 and was a full-time resident there. Wilson once told Newsday that he had a special affinity for Sag Harbor because, “it’s exactly what my hometown, Ozark, Mo., should have been.”
The five-bedroom, 3½-bath home is on .26 acres. Listing agent Carol Kingston of Saunders & Associates says that an adjacent .06-acre parcel is also available for $185,000. Kingston says that Lanford had planted “monumental gardens” on the smaller parcel, which, if purchased with the home, would create enough space for a pool and perhaps a garage or pool house once the properties are merged.
The home is similar in style and period to The Old Whaler’s Church nearby, where Wilson’s memorial service took place earlier this year. Wilson had always suspected that his home had been built by Minard Lefever, who designed the church in 1844, Tanya Berezin, a longtime friend of Wilson’s tells Newsday. “He just never got out to Riverhead to research it.”
Actress-director Berezin, who co-founded the Circle Repertory Company in Manhattan with Wilson and director Marshall Mason, says that Wilson’s treasured collection of “outsider” art, which he displayed in his Sag Harbor home, is currently being cataloged and will eventually be donated to a museum by his estate. “He was a serious collector,” she says.