In­side Mon­tauk's Pop Star Party Pad - On the Mar­ket for $62M

Celebri­ties in­clud­ing Mick Jag­ger all par­tied in this glo­ri­ous man­sion

The Jewish Voice - - THE HAMPTONS - By Mark Sny­der

Ama­jes­tic Mon­tauk man­sion over­look­ing the At­lantic Ocean was ob­tained by the then writer for “The Mery Grif­fon Show” Dick Cavett in 1967. Back then, the home was known as Tick Hall, which Cavett and his wife ac­tress Car­rie Nye rented for the en­tire sum­mer for a mere $1,000.

This party house, which hosted some of the big­gest pop cul­ture celebri­ties, is now on the mar­ket for $62 mil­lion. This mar­velous man­sion was built by the fa­mous ar­chi­tect Stan­ford White in the early 1880s. It orig­i­nally sat on an im­mense 96 acres of which 77 have since been sold by Cavett to preser­va­tion­ist.

In an in­ter­view with The Post, the 80-year-old talk-show le­gend spoke about the first time he laid his eyes upon this glo­ri­ous res­i­dence.

Cavett said, “We drove off a pri­vate road. There was noth­ing around. It was like en­ter­ing the Wit­ness Pro­tec­tion Pro­gram. Then the house loomed be­fore you.”

The prop­erty, which spans 6,000-square-feet used to be used as a fish­ing house for the pre­vi­ous owner and his Wall Street bud­dies. In a video in­ter­view, Nye said, “The house was a mess. The floors were cav­ing in. Dick and I thought it was just beau­ti­ful. We had no prob­lems with it.”

The prop­erty sat on an in­cred­i­ble 900 feet of ocean front. Ac­cord­ing to The Post, “At the time, play­wright Ed­ward Al­bee was also in­ter­ested in mov­ing in, but the own­ers turned their noses up at his plans to in­stall a ten­nis court and a swim­ming pool. Af­ter a cou­ple of years of rent­ing for the sum­mer and even into the fall — de­spite a lack of heat­ing — the Cavetts bought it for $200,000. Cavett, who had writ­ten jokes for Jack Paar and Johnny Car­son on ‘The Tonight Show,’ wasn’t sure he could af­ford it. ‘I’m a strug­gling be­gin­ner in show busi­ness,’ he re­called think­ing. ‘I’m lucky to have a two-room apart­ment.’”

Tick Hall was fast to be­come Cavett’s ideal es­cape from “the hec­tic world of show­biz — and with al­most no­body on your beach.”

In 1968, “The Dick Cavett Show” pre­miered on ABC, and quickly gained the writer recog­ni­tion as a ge­nius talk show host. Know­ing that they wouldn’t be pan­dered by Cavett, the hard­est-to-get celebri­ties in New York and Hollywood ap­peared on his show, in­clud­ing Mar­lon Brando and Katharine Hep­burn. He would of­ten record his shows on Thurs­day, so that he could head out to Mon­tauk for a long week­end. Cavett would bring many of his friends from show­biz with him as house guests. One of the first to visit him was his life­long friend Woody Allen.

From the close by Andy Warhol com­pound, Mick and Bianca Jag­ger, along with the rest of the Rolling Stones, would drop by. Cavett said, “Mick drove his car off the edge of my road. I had to take the two Jag­gers home. The next morn­ing, six burly men were out­side the house, lift­ing the car onto the road.”

Box­ing le­gend Muham­mad Ali, who of­ten ap­peared on the Cavett show, was in­vited to spend the night while he was out on Long Is­land work­ing on a doc­u­men­tary.

In 1997, Trick Hall was burned to the ground by a con­fla­gra­tion that left only the chim­ney stand­ing. Luck­ily Cavett and Nye were both out when the blaze was started by “a work­man on the roof” with some­thing like “a hot weld­ing rod,” erupted. “I was in New York [City],” Cavet he re­called.

Cavett asked him­self af­ter the smoke set­tled, “What if I was here? I could have saved half the house.”

Noth­ing could be sal­vaged. Cavett said, “The mind can’t quite take it in. It’s like the brain pro­tect­ing it­self. You just don’t be­lieve it.”

The Post re­ports, “De­spite the home’s es­teemed be­gin­nings, no orig­i­nal blue­prints were on record. But Nye came up with a plan to ‘du­pli­cate’ Tick Hall, re­con­struct­ing the house through pho­to­graphs — hers, Cavett’s, and those of their many guests — and mem­ory. Ar­chi­tect James Hadley of Wank Adams Slavin As­so­ci­ates, a firm known for its preser­va­tion work, led a team

of con­ser­va­tors who recre­ated the home. In 2001, Hadley told Ar­chi­tec­tural Digest, ‘Car­rie Nye pre­sented the idea of re­con­struc­tion to me so per­sua­sively that I didn’t hes­i­tate for a mo­ment, de­spite the fairly daunt­ing scope of the task.’ Sift­ing through the rub­ble of­fered some­thing to start with. Pro­ject ar­chi­tect Keith Gianakopou­los found one piece of a wall with ‘the old shin­gles, mold­ing boards, win­dow glass, twisted door hard­ware.’ A fire­place tile bore the stamp of its man­u­fac­turer on the back. In this foren­sic man­ner, the restora­tion was com­pleted in three years. Even­tu­ally, a com­puter model had been fash­ioned and con­struc­tion be­gan in earnest.”

It still never felt the same Cavett told The Post ad­mit­tedly.

The cou­ple spent what would be their last years of their marriage in the re­built home. Then Nye passed away from lung cancer in 2006.

Cavett re­mar­ried a busi­ness book au­thor Martha Rogers in 2010. Ear­lier this year, the cou­ple listed the new Tick Hall for $62 mil­lion.

Dick Cavett’s ma­jes­tic Mon­tauk man­sion is on the mar­ket for $62 mil­lion. (Photo Credit: Cor­co­ran)

It was a great party house for some of the big­gest pop cul­ture celebri­ties for many years. (Photo Credit: Cor­co­ran)

The prop­erty has an in­cred­i­ble 900 feet of ocean front. (Photo Credit: Cor­co­ran)

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