CBS News has reported that the Southampton Village home of former slave and philanthropist Pyrrhus Concer has been torn down, much to the consternation of local preservationists. To add insult to injury, the new owners of the site are reportedly no longer interested in the now-vacant property at 51 Pond Lane and have listed it for a hefty profit at $5 million.
According to published reports, Brooklyn-based David and Sylvia Hermer, who bought the land in order to build their dream home, now not only don’t want it but have requested a previously paid $18,000 building fee back from the Village. The Hermers purchased the plot and now-demolished home for $2.75 million. According to the CBS story, a reproduction of the house is now in the works, with builder Robert Strada. The East Hampton-based preservationist was granted permission to save the early 19th-century frame and beams with a plan for reconstruction. A rebuild site has not yet been determined.
Here’s a link to the CBS story: