The Gay House

Well, Horace Gifford’s architecture makes me happy. Those fantastic wooden modernist beach houses on Fire Island are iconic and built mostly on the Pines. I can hear the sound of disco and gay men having a grand time. A time before AIDS.

Fire Island is a barrier island located along Long Island’s south shore. The Pines is has been a gay community for over 60 years. Horrace Gifford was a well-known beach house architect and he transformed Fire Island into a modernist haven. Sustainable as well as theatrical – his houses were often built in ceder and glass and incorporated the neighbouring landscape into the design.

More on the Fire Island culture – Read more in this New York Times’ article

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Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction
Text by:    Christopher Bascom Rawlins
Foreword by:    Alastair Gordon
ISBN:    9781938922091
Publisher:    Metropolis Books
Publ. year:    2013
Language:    English
Pages:    204
Illustrations:    in colour & b/w throughout

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