Famous Artist Couple Lists a 1797-Built Sag Harbor Home for $3.5M

The streets of Sag Harbor Village are lined with quaint, historic homes that never fail to tell a story. Less than a month ago, an iconic Federal on Main Street hit the market, and now a nearby neighbor is also available. Owned by famed artists Eric Fischl and April Gornick and known as Prime House, the home on Madison Street offers an opportunity to own a Sag Harbor landmark. With an asking price of $3.495 million, Prime House is a prime piece of real estate.

In a past life, the home served as the manse of the local Presbyterian Church. Built in 1797 and extensively restored since, the house takes its name from Nathaniel Prime, who became the church’s pastor in 1806. The most recent renovation was undertaken in 2017 by the artistic current owners, who ensured that the essential early American character remained.

Spread across three floors, Prime House counts a total of five bedrooms and four bathrooms, including a second-floor writer’s loft with space to sleep and work surrounded by sumptuous wood paneling. Fischl and Gornik carefully restored the period moldings, 200-year-old floors, and fireplaces throughout, with their ultimate success being the antique kitchen with a wood-beamed ceiling.

A separate, commercially-zoned barn could continue as an artist’s studio or become a retail space. With this great extra, its no wonder the property has a history of being home to creatives with past owners including jazz musician Hal McKusick and actor Hurd Hatfield.

Shannan M. North of Brown Harris Stevens and Lori Schiaffino of Compass have the listing.