Artist couple selling 223-year-old ‘manse’ in Sag Harbor

Artist couple Eric Fischl and April Gornik are selling their historic Hamptons home for $3.49 million. The four-bedroom, four-bathroom house at 31 Madison St. in Sag Harbor Village was built in 1797 as the original manse, or minister’s residence, of the Methodist church across the street.

Fischl and Gornik bought the church, too, for $7 million in 2017. They’re in the process of renovating it and converting it into an artists-in-residence space.

The for-sale home, known as Prime House, is named after its original owner, Nathaniel Prime, who wrote an early history of Long Island. It’s also on the market as a $75,000 rental for July and August. (It is already rented for May.)

It features four woodburning fireplaces, original period moldings and 200-year-old floors — along with updates like central air-conditioning, a new chef’s kitchen, new baths and a laundry room. The first floor features the kitchen, living room, dining room and den.

There’s also a guest-bedroom suite with access to a second-floor loft. The second floor boasts the master bedroom, full bath, sitting room and a writing loft. There’s also a large landing, two bedrooms and a full bath on the third floor.

The traditional home sits on 0.15 acres and features a terraced backyard, along with a separate commercial barn that can be used as a workshop, artist’s studio or retail space.

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