Modernist architect Horace Gifford designed many houses in New York's Fire Island, a gay summer vacation spot.
New York’s Fire Island, a sliver of land flanking Long Island’s south shore, has long been known to come alive in the summer as a vivacious gay vacation spot. The flip-side of this identity is the island’s reputation for breathtaking natural beauty, and both served as an inspiration to modernist architect Horace Gifford in the 1960s.
Gifford designed and built 63 homes on the island in total, embracing cedar and glass as his materials, as well as high ceilings and lots of natural light. Christopher Rawlins, architect and author of Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction, a new book exploring Gifford’s life and work, uses the latter phrase to describe Gifford's Fire Island aesthetic. ... Read More →
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Katherine Flynn is an editorial assistant at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores and uncovering the stories behind historic places. Follow her on Twitter at @kateallthetime.