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Weekend Spotlight: Orient Architectural House Tour

Check out some meticulously renovated Orient homes on a Saturday afternoon tour.

Into architecture? Then get your ticket for a tour of a five distinctly renovated homes in Orient to be held by members of the Oysterponds Historical Society from 1 to 4 p.m. this coming Saturday afternoon, beginning at Poquatuck Hall on Village Lane.

The society chose the featured homes because they exemplify the harmonious union between design and environment — some seem to float above panoramic sea views or become an extension of the surrounding open farmland of Southold's easternmost mainland hamlet.

Oysterponds Historical Society trustee MaryAnn Liberatore said that some of the houses are historic, others are of newer construction. Liberatore said that her favorite is a turn-of-the-century house in the Browns Hills neighborhood — owned by the same family for a century — that Orient resident and renowned architect Richard Gluckman helped transform into a comfortable cottage with 180-degree views of the Long Island Sound.

"It's basically a new house now but it looks old, like a New England beach house," she said.

Tickets to the house tour are $25 for members and $30 for non-members. A special $50 ticket includes a post-tour cocktail party. Call 631-323-2480 or pick up your ticket at an art show at Poquatuck Hall, which opens at 12:30 on Saturday.

Most homes are within walking distance from the hall, but you'll have to drive to the Browns Hills neighborhood to see those homes, which will be available to see via golf cart shuttle. Click www.oysterpondshistoricalsociety.org/Events.cfm.

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