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The Memory Motel

A trip down Memory Lane.



Meet Me In Montauk.




Eothen = At First Light.

In the 1970s Andy Warhol owned a property at Montauk, Long Island titled Eothen where he would entertain famous visitors.

From 1st Dibs.com :

‘Eothen, a Montauk estate on the easternmost tip of Long Island, was the summer home of artist Andy Warhol for nearly two decades. Warhol purchased the property in 1971 for $225,000 when Montauk was still considered an off-the-beaten-path destination for vacationing New Yorkers. The five clapboard cottages which comprise Eothen — ancient Greek for “at first light” — are simple, humble beachfront structures. Built in the early 1930s for the heirs to the Arm & Hammer fortune, the structures of Eothen neither resemble the Gilded Age grandeur popular at the time of their construction, nor do they share any aesthetic DNA with Warhol’s cutting-edge, foil-covered Manhattan Factory. But the familiar principle of “opposites attract” must have applied when the Pop Art trailblazer bought the property for use as a quaint coastal getaway.

Under Warhol’s tenure, Eothen served as a low-key escape for his famous friends to decamp, unwind and (of course) debauch. Year after year, one would find a who’s-who hanging out among the simple, whitewashed structures: Jackie Kennedy, Lee Radziwill, John Lennon, Halston, Liza Minnelli, Catherine Deneuve, Elizabeth Taylor and Keith Haring. It wouldn’t be uncommon to hear The Rolling Stones rehearsing cuts from “Black and Blue” amid the dunes, or spot Julian Schnabel painting broken bowls en plein air along the sand. The beachfront site of Eothen also inspired Warhol himself, most notably in his “Sunset” series.’



Eothen is also the name of my mother’s school which she attended in Caterham, England when she was a young girl. Founded by Miss Pye and her sister Miss Winifred.




One of the famous visitors to Eothen in Montauk were The Rolling Stones. And in Montauk, Jagger and Richards got the inspiration to write a song called ‘Memory Motel’ which was based around a bar known as the Memory Motel in Montauk.



And this is where I veer into familiar Merovee territory.

The Memory Motel was built by Frank and Marilyn Roys in 1951.

Click East.



And is currently owned by MV – Montauk Ventures.

‘Archival photos tell us that the Memory Motel was constructed in the late 1940s. Originally, it consisted of 19 rooms with an attached bar and cafe, according to Brian Kenny, managing director of Montauk Ventures, its current owner and operator. The man who built the motel was an adventurer named Frank G. Roys, captain of the Seaglamour charter boat, dock master of the Long Island Rail Road fishing pier, and a naval veteran decorated for his service in World Wars I and II. The memory in the motel’s name was in remembrance of his son, Bruce, who had drowned.’


And ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ in Montauk.

Water holds Memory.




Just add water.



It’s a Flood.