In 1975, when Elaine de Kooning was reconciling with her husband Willem, she purchased a traditional saltbox structure on Alewive Brook Road in East Hampton. Three years later she added the studio in which she created her penultimate and final series of paintings -- Bacchus and Cave Walls, respectively. During this time, the artist also made portraits of her sister; the Brazilian soccer player Pele; and art dealer Aladar Marberger; among others.

After Elaine's death in 1989, the sculptor John Chamberlain purchased the Long Island house and studio, followed by the painter Richmond Burton. Each occupant has made changes and modifications to its design and since 2011, the informal residency has hosted artists and exhibitions.