Since the start of this new millennium, Robert Strada's work has centered entirely on historic preservation and his passion for finding unique ways of preserving and restoring historic buildings. His belief that innovation and collaboration play the major roles in successfully preserving our historic treasures has proven to be a guiding principle in his work on the East End of Long Island. He cobbled together a team of craftsmen to save at his own expense one of the oldest buildings in Early American history of Southampton, New York, by taking it apart….piece by piece. Adaptive reuse is not just trendy architectural jargon to Strada; his track record of preserving older buildings that might otherwise be destroyed through his successful restoration and renovation plans has helped provide a thoughtful strategy for community preservation.
In September 2010, Strada and his long time friend, Richard Ward Baxter, formed a one-time joint venture to attempt to restore the Nathaniel Rogers House for the Town of Southampton. The Town ultimately chose another firm for the Rogers House project, which proved to be a disaster for the unqualified contractor and the Town. However, this collaboration motivated them to form Strada Baxter Design/Build, LLC, in June 2011, dovetailing their creative skills into a unique business that has resulted in the successful preservation or restoration of the Blacksmith Shop at the Southampton Historical Museum, the Mule Barn on Gardiner's Island, the Smith-Taylor Cabin in Coecles Harbor on Shelter Island, the Topping Rose Inn and Barn in Bridgehampton and the Isaac Osborn House on Newtown Lane for the Village of East Hampton. They are currently restoring the 1747 Baker House for the Town of East Hampton and the Captain Isaac Sayre Barn for the Southampton Historical Museum.
Richard Ward Baxter