Dragon's Head, the massive oceanfront estate in Southampton Village, is going to be torn down, the final chapter in a decades-old story of high-profile extravagance and the lust by its builder to be accepted in the Hamptons.
The last red tape preventing its demolition had been a decision by the village Architectural Review Board, which was asked to determine if anything of historic value remained in the house - built in 1924 by Henry Francis du Pont but extensively remodeled.
The board ruled last week it has no jurisdiction on the building's interior, so the wrecking ball is now expected to swing sometime this year. An elegant, contemporary house of stucco and steel is to be built on the site by designer Calvin Klein.
As with many things having to do with 650 Meadow Lane, the feelings locally about the demise of Dragon's Head are untidy. After all, the village's ocean skyline, such as it is, will never be the same.
And then there's this. Note to unsuspecting rich folk: Don't build your house on sand...