James L. Breese House, also known as "The Orchard", is a historic home located at Southampton in Suffolk County, New York. It was designed as a summer residence between 1897 and 1906 by the prominent architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White in the Colonial Revival style. An 1858 house original to the site was incorporated into the structure. It is two and one half stories high and clad with white painted wood shingles. It features a two-story portico, reminiscent of Mount Vernon.

James L. Breese House
Breese House; 155 Hill Road; Southampton, New York.jpg
James L. Breese House, October 2008
James L. Breese House is located in New York
James L. Breese House
James L. Breese House is located in the United States
James L. Breese House
Location155 Hill Street,
Southampton, New York
Coordinates40°53′6″N 72°23′56″W / 40.88500°N 72.39889°W / 40.88500; -72.39889Coordinates: 40°53′6″N 72°23′56″W / 40.88500°N 72.39889°W / 40.88500; -72.39889
Area4 acres (1.6 ha)
ArchitectMcKim, Mead & White; White, Stanford
Architectural styleColonial Revival
NRHP reference #80002778[1]
Added to NRHPApril 18, 1980

Breese was a close friend of architect Stanford White, commissioning modifications and additions until the latter's death. The home's spectacular 70-foot "music room" is believed to be White's last completed project.

From 1926 to 1956, it was owned by Charles E. Merrill (1885–1956), who deeded it to Amherst College. Amherst College later sold it to the Nyack School for Boys, which closed in 1977. It is located within the Southampton Village Historic District.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]


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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ Austin O'Brien (February 1980). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: James L. Breese House". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2010-02-20. See also: "Accompanying seven photos".