Three Friends Join Forces to Build a Four-Gabled Getaway on Shelter Island

Three Friends Join Forces to Build a Four-Gabled Getaway on Shelter Island

By Julie Lasky / Photos by Pippa Drummond
The creek-front communal beach house is made of four structures connected by a glass hallway.

For 11 years, Mara Lipner and Gabrielle and David Chamberlain shared a summer rental on Shelter Island, the verdant knob that sits in a bay between the North and South Forks of Long Island’s East End. The trio grew to be close friends, meeting up most weekends throughout the summers to enjoy the house and its water views from its vantage point in Shelter Island Heights. The only problem came in mid-September, when the season ended. The house wasn’t winterized, so year-round visits were not an option.

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