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