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Fire Island Home Designed by Famous Architect Horace Gifford Now on the Market

Posted on January 2, 2019 by admin in Fire Island News

A home designed by famed architect Horace Gifford is now on the market in Fire Island for $795,000. Built in 1975, the bedroom has four bedrooms and four bathrooms, complete with views of the Atlantic Ocean from the roof deck.

Gifford is well known for his modernist approach to home design, as well as his impact on Fire Island beach homes dating back to the 1960s. His signature designs are rooted in his coastal upbringing in Florida, which carried over to the coast of the Great South Bay. The signature Fire Island home design of cedar and glass exterior walls stem from Gifford’s innovation.

Gifford’s mid-century modern style of architecture is highlighted during the annual Pines Modern House Tour, founded by Christopher Rawlins. Rawlins’ goal is to preserve the architectural heritage of homes designed by architects like Gifford and Andrew Gellar.

“Gone were the painted surfaces, clipped lawns, and all the brute force associated with maintaining the typical suburban home,” Rawlins explained of the architecture introduced by Gifford and Gellar. “Naturally-weathering cedar and cypress pavilions in a riot of shapes established our signature architecture. Yet for all their sculptural purity, these homes offered a relaxed and sensual ambiance that resonated with weekenders attired in nothing more than a bikini and Bain de Soleil.”

For over 40 years William J Newman Realty has had the pleasure of servicing the west end of Fire Island, helping families enjoy this special barrier beach destination. Call us today about renting or buying from Fair Harbor to Dunewood, Lonelyville, to Saltaire.


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