Albee Foundation – a wooded retreat to support artists and foster creative community

Montauk, NY
Expected Completion: 2024
3,300 square feet, Main Building
1,400 square feet, Cottage
Type: Civic / Arts
Theme: Making & Learning

The mission of the Edward F. Albee Foundation is to serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance.

After finding success as a playwright, Edward Albee created a foundation to support artists across disciplines and foster American creativity. Located in a former horse stable in Montauk, New York, this artists residency provides rooms and studio space for writers and artists to work and expand their creative pursuits.

We rehabilitated the beloved existing barn and sensitively composed new dormers and graciously proportioned windows and doors, while renovating the interior to create accessible 21st century workspaces and a shared library and kitchen. Needed structural and envelope enhancements as well as new building systems are carefully integrated to enhance the barn’s inherent order, including revealing its roof shape and framing in the library. The renovation allows the residency to expand from seasonal to year-round operations. Outdoor terraces provide spaces for socializing as well as workspace. The Foundation is located on a secluded, wooded property, ensuring quiet and solitude for the resident fellows. The sitework minimizes the impact on existing wetlands, which were protected and restored with native plantings. A small cottage on the property was also renovated as a residence for the property’s caretaker.

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Rendering of Albee Foundation, Main Building Exterior 2

Rendering of the Library in the Albee Foundation Main Building



John Hummel and Associates
General Contractor

Inter-Science Research Associates
Land Use Consultant

D.B. Bennett Engineering
Civil and Structural Engineering

Twomey, Latham, Shea, Kelley, Dubin & Quartararo, LLP
Land Use Attorney

PHT Lighting
Lighting Designer

Context & Drawings