The Caumsett Foundation has been recognized as a model “friends group.” We work closely with New York State Parks and the community toward a common mission: to support and enhance Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve as a unique and historic environment. The Caumsett Foundation is a 100% volunteer-run 501(c)(3) organization. Formed by interested local citizens in 1995, every dollar donated goes directly towards on-going restoration projects, educational, cultural and environmental programs in the park. Trip Advisor has ranked Caumsett State Park #1 in “Things to Do in Huntington”. This is of course, no surprise to our members and friends who regularly use the Park. From hiking trails to beaches, woodlands to beautiful fields and all of the historic structures, most people find something new to love about Caumsett every time they enter. It is only through carrying out the mission of our organization, “to work with the State to preserve and enrich the park’s unique historical, cultural and environmental attributes” that we have been able to enjoy the many pleasures the Park has to offer and to preserve them for the enjoyment of future generations. To find out more about the Foundation, visit www.caumsettfoundation.org.
Andrew V. Giambertone, AIA
Andrew V. Giambertone has been a licensed Architect and sole practitioner for nearly 30 years. Andrew graduated from New York Institute of Technology, Magna Cum Laude, and recipient of the Gold Medal for Academic Achievement in the Bachelor of Architecture Program, Class of 1985. Upon obtaining his license in 1989, he opened his own firm, and through various collaborations over the years, he has remained a sole practitioner. Using each successive project as a stepping stone to the next, Andrew has garnered a wide variety of experience in virtually every traditional or classical building style or idiom. He spends a tremendous amount of time researching background material for each project to ensure its successful outcome.
James Peter Thomas, R.A., Senior Associate
James Peter Thomas has worked with Andrew V. Giambertone since 1997 and became Senior Associate at the firm in 2008. Since joining AVGA, Jim has managed large-scale residential projects ranging from new construction, preservation and restoration as well as commercial development works. With a strong portfolio of classical and historical styled luxury residential projects he has enjoyed the opportunities to move outside of that concentration to use the same attention to detail and interest in balance and harmony to create new explorations in form and use. Jim received his Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology summa cum laude, where he graduated at the top of his class. He is a registered architect in the State of New York. Jim extends his love for Architecture through his twin enjoyments of Travel and Photography.
Tony Manning, Showhouse Producer
Tony Manning is the Showhouse Producer. He is also president of Tony Manning Consulting, Inc., a full service public relations, project management and showhouse production firm. His realm is the creation of the full scale public awareness campaigns designed to promote designer showhouses with coverage in local and national newspaper media, home design magazines and television. He has also directed the packaging and sales of the various sponsorships that have linked his Showhouses with a variety of corporations in the publishing, banking, home design and related fields. Over the past 20 years, he has produced over 50 Designer Showhouses including the nationally acclaimed Hampton Designer Showhouse, the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey, The Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse, The Orchard Hill Designer Showhouse at Old Westbury Gardens as well as Designer Showhouses in Miami and in Napa Valley.
Kate Singer, Showhouse Design Chair and Caumsett Foundation Board Member
Kate Singer serves on the Board of the Caumsett Foundation and is the Showhouse Design Chair. Her work has been featured in many publications and design blogs, including Traditional Home, Woman's Day, Architectural Digest, Better Homes & Gardens and on LX-TV/NBC.Kate has participated in many high profile designer showhouses and charity projects including six Hampton Designer Showhouses, The Kips Bay Show House and the redesign of The Ronald McDonald House, New York, sponsored by Kravet and New York Cottages & Gardens magazine. She was recently invited to partner with Ballard Designs & Garnet Hill creating signature showhouse rooms for both brands in two Hampton Designer Showhouses.
Janet Barone, Caumsett Foundation President
Janet Barone has been a Foundation Board Member since 2001, and has held numerous positions on the board with a focus on fundraising. She has helped the Board raise over $7,500,000 for projects such as the restoration of the historic Polo Stable and Walled Garden and the adaptive reuse of the Classrooms. In 2010, Janet was one of two volunteers to work with a large team of NYS Park specialists charged with writing a Master Plan for the park. She was instrumental in adding the designation “Preserve” to Caumsett’s status, further protecting it as a passive use park. Janet has been involved with two previous showhouses at Caumsett – the Winter Cottage in 2010 and the Main House in 2003.