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Southampton Center Hires Boston Architects to Design 25 Jobs Lane

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Machado and Silvetti Associates have been hired by the newly formed not-for-profit Southampton Center to design the restoration and renovation of the landmark building at 25 Jobs Lane in the heart of Southampton Village.

The Southampton Center, a not-for-profit arts organization conceived by Southampton Village Mayor Mark Epley and a Founders’ Committee he organized last year, will enter the former Parrish Art Museum space when that organization leaves for its new Water Mill home at the end of 2012. The Southampton Center is envisioned as a not-for-profit arts institution that will lease space within the 25 Jobs Lane property to different performing arts groups hoping to maintain the parcel as a cultural hub.

According to a press release issued last week by the Southampton Center, the Southampton Village Planning Commission will see a presentation by architect Jorge Silvetti on Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m. during the Southampton Village Board of Trustees meeting. The selection of Machado and Silvetti, a Boston-based architecture firm, was the result of a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process engaging local and regional firms.

“We were energized by the enormous interest the architectural community showed in this assignment and were delighted to be able to choose among many highly qualified firms,” said Siamak Samii, chair of the Southampton Village Planning Commission and member of Southampton Center Founders Committee. “Machado and Silvetti fits the tasks perfectly — an internationally renowned firm who has specialized in the work of transforming great historic buildings for 21st century uses. They will be an ideal partner as we move forward in developing Southampton Center as a new cultural institution for the Village.”

The 25 Jobs Lane building was constructed by Samuel Parrish in the late 19th and early 20th Century and was designed by architect Grosvenor Atterby, who also designed the Forest Hills Gardens, the renovation of New York City Hall and the Rockefeller Barns at Pocantico Hills, New York. Those buildings were also renovated by Machado and Silvetti, which have won honors for design excellence in architecture by the Boston Society of Architects.

“We are extremely excited and delighted to help the Southampton Center both preserve and recast the former Parrish Art Museum building as a distinctive cultural institution like no other in the region,” Silvetti said. “Fortunately, this notable building by Grosvenor Atterbury lends itself to great flexibility of use and to a wide range of interpretations that would allow it to sponsor a multiplicity of cultural activities far beyond its original function as a museum. We look forward to working with the Southampton Center and the Village to restart the clock in this new chapter in the life of this much beloved icon.”

“The choice of Machado and Silvetti means that the Southampton Village community will have this important building restored to its original glory and ready for occupancy and modern day, year round usage,” said Epley. “This is a major step forward in the growth of the newly created Arts District on Jobs Lane.”

According to Epley, Machado and Silvetti will start to develop the conceptual design for the center immediately and will work with local and regional architectural, engineering and construction firms on the project. During the design and construction period, Southampton Center will program and occupy the planned flexible-use outdoor performance pavilion designed by the Rockwell Group on the grounds of the Parrish Arboretum.