The Foundation engaged Huntington architects Andrew Giambertone and Associates to develop the plans and specs for the restoration. This $1,300,000+ project was completed by Alden Bailey, a CT firm who specialize in historic preservation. The work began in February 2020 and was completed by July 2020, in time for Caumsett’s fall Designer Showhouse.
Built in the 1930s, the Summer Cottage is a two-story Colonial Revival residence with Georgian and Federal details originally designed as a guest residence for friends and family. Faced with the increased need to house guests and the numerous staff they travelled with, plans were made for additional guest housing. Construction was started and completed in 1939 with a two-fold design. One section was built as a normal house for the guest family, and a connected structure with housing for domestic workers featuring smaller bedrooms and common bathroom facilities. The renowned Olmsted Brothers were again hired to create the landscaping around the cottage and drew inspiration from the traditional landscapes of an English Country Manor.