Applied Arts To Take Over Golden Eagle Space


Noted textile designer and Applied Arts School director Elizabeth Dow will soon leave her Amagansett digs for a new location on Gingerbread Lane in East Hampton—the building which the Golden Eagle Art Supply store has occupied for more than 50 years. In July, the Golden Eagle announced that its lease would not be renewed and its last day in its iconic building would be September 30.

Ms. Dow said her lease is not being extended either because her landlord wants to sell the barn-like building. While she said she was sad to leave it behind, she said she was looking forward to the new space.

“I think I really enjoyed my time in Amagansett, but we’ve outgrown the space,” she said. “I’m excited about moving to East Hampton and being within walking distance to the village.”

Unaware that the Golden Eagle’s lease was up and the building’s owner had been looking for another tenant, Ms. Dow said her building’s listing broker, Lee Minetree of Saunders, presented the new space to her, which was officially put on the market this summer.

“I wasn’t actively pursuing the building,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going to happen and I didn’t question it. I wish the Golden Eagle well and hope it is very successful in finding a new space.”

Nancy Rowan, who has owned the Golden Eagle for 12 years, declined to comment except to say that she is hopeful she will be able to find a new place.

Ms. Dow said studio space is extremely hard to find on the East End and she was fortunate to have found the Gingerbread Lane location.

“We require studio space to function on a day-to-day basis,” she said. “It’s sad to me that there is such a lack of studio space for artists out here. This really meets a lot of our needs.”

Ms. Dow said starting October 1, the building will undergo renovations. The ceilings will be taken out to make it a brighter, lighter and more open space, she said.

“I think any change is good because you evaluate what you need,” she said. “In our current state we lack storage. We’re going to be able to really create a space that suits our needs and our customer base.”

She said the new building will not only be used as studio space but as Applied Arts’ first showroom to feature its fabrics and new furniture collection. Ms. Dow’s designs have gained much attention—one of her wallpaper designs decorates the White House’s Oval Office, she said, and recently her business was a finalist in two categories of the Hamptons Cottage and Gardens Innovation In Design Awards.

Applied Arts also has a well-known internship program for those interested in interior design, art, business and marketing. Ms. Dow said being closer to East Hampton High School is an added bonus.

Ms. Dow had originally planned to moved Applied Arts to the Sag Harbor United Methodist Church, when she purchased the building in 2010. As she was beginning renovation on the building, Sloan Eric Schaffer, a Los Angeles resident, kept coming around and expressed interest in purchasing the building. Finally, Mr. Schaffer came up with a price that Ms. Dow “finally decided to take,” which she did not share. He plans to convert the former church into a residence,

Ms. Dow, a longtime East Hampton resident, said she’s happy with the outcome.

“Being in a space that has a little bit more of an industrial feel to it and that’s a little bit more open—I think it’s going to be good,” she said.

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