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ONE OF THE FEW HOUSES designed by maverick architect Andrew Geller that is not in the dunes of Fire Island or the Hamptons is on the market. The 2,000-square-foot, 3BR, 2.5 bath house, built in 1960 and added on to — also by Geller — in 1982, sits on a wooded .87-acre lot in the North Fork, L.I. village of Mattituck.
Photos: Erin Schultz
It’s not one of Geller’s more outrageous designs, which happened earlier in his long career. The Brooklyn-born architect, at his best, came up with these extraordinary contributions to mid-century beach house architecture:
1955 Reese House, Sagaponack, L.I., left
1958 ‘Double Diamond’ (Perlroth) House, Westhampton Beach, below
1958 Hunt House, Fire Island
1963 Levitas House, Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.
Still, the Mattituck house is a bonafide Geller design, with angled walls, soaring ceilings, and loads of natural light. Its first and only owners were John and Auriele Stack, a painter and journalist, who lived there either part or full-time until their deaths in recent years.
The Brooklyn-born Geller, who died last month at 87, spent 35 years as principal designer and vice president at Raymond Loewy Associates, the pioneering industrial design firm, working on projects that included the World Trade Center and the Lever House.
To see more photos of the house, go here. To make an appointment to view it, or for further information, contact Nicholas Planamento, Town and Country Real Estate, 631-298-0600 x 103 or 631-948-0143,firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ll find an appreciation of Geller by critic Alastair Gordon that appeared in the East Hampton Star right here.
And to learn still more, click here for an article by Geller’s grandson Jake Gorst, who is active in preserving his grandfather’s body of work.
In its brief (1963-65) heyday, the Leisurama vacation-home development in Montauk was the be-all and end-all of the good beach life.
The one on the market now for 575K, below, looks mighty sad, especially compared with the sparkle of the rendering, but you can definitely see it’s the same house. Could it be brought back?
For details, go here and search on internet #35868.
Leisurama is a development of vacation homes in Montauk, New York that was constructed between 1963 and 1965 following the developer’s success with a model home at the 1959 American Exhibition in Moscow. This model home was the venue of the famous Kitchen Debate between Nikita Khrushchev and Richard Nixon.
Herbert Sadkin, president of All-State Properties, returned from Moscow to develop the Lauderhill community in Florida. Two years later he started the Leisurama project, building vacation homes which sold for between $12,995 and $17,995. Macy’s at Herald Square marketed the homes with an exhibit on its 9th floor. Raymond Loewy/William Snaith, Inc. was contracted to design the homes. The project fell to Loewy vice president and well-known architect Andrew Geller.
The houses came fully furnished with General Electric appliances, and other fixtures including plates, towels, even toothbrushes.
The housing project is the topic of a documentary titled “Leisurama” in PBS broadcast distribution through American Public Television.