Our History

The studio has long been a part of Port Jefferson culture. Originally known as the Hallock House and built in 1850 by Captain Henry Hallock, it was purchased in 1880 by the town physician Dr. Martin Luther Chambers. Dr. Chambers married Sarah Mather, sister of John Titus Mather—who left his fortune to create Port Jefferson’s first hospital.
In the 1940’s it became the home of the Port Jefferson Moose Lodge. The playhouse theatre was added in the late 1960’s when the building was used as a Slavic Culture Center.

The Boogie Hotel

In the late 1970’s it was reimagined as the Boogie Hotel. The studio was originally built by the group Foghat with the revolutionary concept of having artists able to stay on location while recording albums. Artists such as Billy Joel, Meatloaf, Phil Ramone, Corey Hart, John Cage, Good Rats, John Waite, Blue Oyster Cult, and many more have recorded in the studio.

The Victorian Studio today

In modern days, the Victorian Studio and the attached Victorian mansion have been reimagined once again, this time with an eye on private events.
The studio also houses an expansive collection of historically accurate costumes collected and curated over the years by Nancy Altman Guzzetta. These costumes are available for rent to add flair to your events and productions and range from Victorian and Medieval to Renaissance, 18th century France, Gatsby, and more. 

The Victorian Invites You!

We invite you to look through our galleries and imagine your event in our space. Become a part of Port Jefferson history, and let us become part of yours.