Gimme Shelter has learned that a 34-acre Southampton estate owned by the late and legendary architect and designer Thierry Despont will soon be listed for sale for $19.95 million – a drop from the asking price of $23.5 million US dollars last year.
Despont made his name renovating America’s prized Statue of Liberty and other landmarks including the Carlyle Hotel, the Woolworth Building and the Ritz in Paris. His private clients included a number of high-profile names such as Bill Gates and Calvin Klein.
Despont died at this home in Southampton on August 13, aged 75; No cause was given. And although he hails from Limoges, France, his greatest love was the city of New York itself.
In a 2017 interview with The New Yorker: Despont said: “New York has this feeling of freedom and opportunity. This mix of culture and race from all over the world. It is wonderful. And we all call ourselves New Yorkers.”
Despont’s Southampton property, 320 Majors Path, also includes the original 1920s room of the Southampton Riding and Hunt Club. More recently, it was home to the Rosewood Farms equestrian facility. Over the years, Despont converted this property into a residence with a guest house and pool house.
Despont paid $8.55 million from 2011 to 2013 to build the property, which consists of three contiguous parcels. The property overlooks a 50 hectare agricultural reserve.
The six-bedroom main house is a converted barn and features an open courtyard with a fountain – while a converted stable is now the pool house by the infinity pool. An additional barn that was once Despont’s art studio — he was also a talented painter and sculptor — now serves as a four-car garage.
“It is one of the most unique objects. What he did with the space is incredible. He was a true Renaissance man,” said Paul Brennan of Douglas Elliman, who shares the listing with Elliman agents Michaela Keszler and Martha Gundersen.
Despont’s Tribeca townhouse — a 10,000-square-foot beauty at 182 Franklin St. — is also on the market for $19.49 million, down from $24.99 million in 2021. This Manhattan residence is being sold by Douglas Ellimans Rueben Schatz listed.