Century House Reno: Amanda & Timmie Roll Up Their Sleeves

The beach house was built just before the turn of the 20th century, back when the Hamptons were mostly potato fields and pitch pines. William Dwight Whitney, a Sanskrit scholar and linguist, constructed the house with proceeds from his 10-volume Centur…

The beach house was built just before the turn of the 20th century, back when the Hamptons were mostly potato fields and pitch pines. William Dwight Whitney, a Sanskrit scholar and linguist, constructed the house with proceeds from his 10-volume Century Dictionary, published in 1889. For this reason, it became known as “Century House” generations ago—and we call it that to this day.

My husband Tad’s family, and an evolving generational tidal flow, have owned the house since 1915, but even as bankers have built gilded fortresses all around it, the Friends have staunchly resisted the temptation to sell. Instead, they’ve doubled down on keeping the house intact.

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Life in Quarantine for a ‘Professional Homebody’

I was made for quarantine life. I get to work at home. In my sweatpants. I get to cook more! I get to be around my kids and husband all day. And I don’t have to talk much—a welcome break for my often “on” but actually introverted self. At the end of ea…

I was made for quarantine life. I get to work at home. In my sweatpants. I get to cook more! I get to be around my kids and husband all day. And I don’t have to talk much—a welcome break for my often “on” but actually introverted self. At the end of each day, we go outside to exercise in the park (masks on, staying at least 6 feet from everyone else), then shower, eat a good dinner, and putter around until bed. What’s not to like?

Lots of things, of course. I’m clearly trying to find a silver lining in an incredibly dark stormcloud. But I do love all of these activities and have often joked that I’m a professional homebody.

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