Beach Houses: Andrew Geller

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Princeton Architectural Press, 2003 - Architecture - 127 pages
The Bra. The Box Kite. The Cat. The Milk Carton. The Reclining Picasso. These are the playful names given to the eccentric beach houses of Andrew Geller. Built in the 1950s and 1960s, these whimsical vacation homes reflected the idea of summer leisure for a generation more concerned with fun on the beach than ostentatious display. For clients in the Hamptons, the Jersey shore, and in New England, Geller built dozens of houses, most of wood and most on modest budgets. Geller, who worked with Raymond Loewy and directed the design of such modernist landmarks as the Lever House in New York, combined a modern interest in light, breeze, and functional living with playful form-making. These spirited houses, many shown here for the first time through vintage photographs and drawings, still delight today and will inspire anyone interested in beach house living.

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Gordon (Weekend Utopia) takes readers on a tour of"quixotic designer-architect" Geller's beach houses in this handsomely illustrated homage. Geller, a long-time designer at the Loewy Corporation, a ... Read full review

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Andrew Geller built a beautiful house in Williamsburg, VA. for John Buren in the 1970's. John died 4 years ago and his home is now well taken care of by the new owner Dr. Keith Schumann. Andrew made many trips to Williamsburg to complete a beautifully designed house that was on many "home tours".
I hope Andrew will be remembered.
Nona Buren 4/9/2013


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Alastair Gordon is a contributing editor at House & Garden and a regular contributor to the New York Times. He is the author of Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons and resides in Princeton, NJ.

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