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The Horace Gifford Project

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The Horace Gifford Project “The injustice of Horace Gifford’s early death was compounded by the fact that this important contribution to American domestic architecture of the 1960’s and 70’s has been overlooked by history.

No one can bring Gifford Back, but Christopher Rawlins emphatically corrects the second injustice by telling the story of Gifford in this important book, at once a work of architectural and social history” – Paul Goldberger, Architecture critic for Vanity Fair and author of Why Architecture Matters. https://52.76.194.177/

PRAISE FOR FIRE ISLAND MODERNIST
“Mr. Gifford was kept busy erecting elegant, stark structures on this austerely beautiful and fragile barrier island, their broad windows serving as prosceniums across which back-lighted players in Speedos, or else nothing, played out a specific variant of the theater of late 20th century gay life.” idn live
–Guy Trebay, The New York Times

PRAISE FOR FIRE ISLAND MODERNIST
“The injustice of Horace Gifford’s early death was compounded by the fact that his important contribution to American domestic architecture of the 1960’s and 70’s has been overlooked by history. No one can bring Gifford back, but Christopher Rawlins emphatically corrects the second injustice by telling the story of Gifford in this important book, at once a work of architectural and social history.”
–Paul Goldberger, Architecture critic for Vanity Fair and author of Why Architecture Matters

“Mr. Gifford was kept busy erecting elegant, stark structures on this austerely beautiful and fragile barrier island, their broad windows serving as prosceniums across which back-lighted players in Speedos, or else nothing, played out a specific variant of the theater of late 20th century gay life.”
–Guy Trebay, The New York Times, Click here to read the full review. slot online

“This is a meticulously researched and lavishly illustrated volume that deserves a very wide audience.”
–Charles Kaiser, author of The Gay Metropolis

“Gifford’s architecture is simple yet rich…In short, it is the model for the future: sustainable, aspirational, and fun.”
–Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro

“Every once in a great while, there is a book that is immediately hailed as so essential one wonders not so much why it was never done before but how we managed to get by without it.” slot gacor
–Steve Weinstein, Edge

“The sophistication, spaciousness, and graciousness of Gifford’s houses of the 1960’s and 70’s are a revelation.”
–Terence Riley, architect and curator

“sexed-up cocaine modernism.”
–Carl Swanson, New York Magazine
“Gifford is proof that American Modernism wasn’t a single austere style after all; it gave a public voice to a surprising range of communities and ideas.”
–Alan Hess, author of Julius Shulman: Palm Springs and Oscar Niemayer Houses

“Rawlins elevates Gifford to his rightful place in the pantheon of great American modernists.”
–Andrea Truppin, Editor-in-Chief, Modernism magazine

“Rawlins’ detailed research and beautiful writing resurrects the remarkable life and immense talent of an architect who once told a client ‘You will now have 20 closets to come out of’.” oxplay
–Sean Strub, activist and founder of POZ magazine

“Christopher Rawlins conveys the poignancy of Gifford’s life and the exuberant yet simple delight of his architecture.”
–Gwendolyn Wright, Columbia University, author of USA: Modern Architectures in History, and co-host of PBS’ History Detectives. toktokbet

“Gifford’s largely forgotten work reemerges as a serious voice in tune with post-war grandees like Louis Kahn and Paul Rudolph.”
–Pieere Alexandre de Looz, PIN-UP Magazine

“Rawlins’ richly illustrated work combines architectural and social history to describe how Gifford helped shape a slice of modern culture.”
–Mike Singer, AIArchitect

A BRIEF PREVIEW OF HORACE GIFFORD’S WORK

My thanks to the photographers who have generously allowed these images to be shown on this site, and to Paul Blackburn for his assistance in creating the floor plans & renderings.

The following foundations & individuals have generously contributed towards the completion of Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction. Your tax-deductible contributions make this initiative possible.

Benefactors ($1,000 and up)
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
The Robert Alfandre Foundation
Ronald Bentley and Salvatore La Rosa
Jess and Deborah Eberhart
The Fire Island Pines Arts Project
Goldman Sachs
Lester and Carol Holt
Garry Korr
Mark McGuire and Craig Wilson
The Leslie Setterholm Trust
Richard Winger

Book Club ($350-$999)
Andrew Berman and Terry Todd
Lawrence Bonaguidi
Sully Bonnelly and Robert Littman
James and Susan Brady
Robert Yale Burge and Yale Burge Antiques Inc.


Keith and Amanda Catanzano
J. Hyde Crawford and Charles Andrews
Wingate Jackson and Paul Trantanella
John Kiley and Gene Silbert
Kenneth Koen
Terence Law and Llew Young
Williams Lewis
Andrew Lippman
David Menkes
Thomas and Katherine Mike
John Millman
Sean Pierce
Richard Pittelli and Gino Chiaparrelli
Jay Rawlins
Eric Reinitz and Marc Blackwell
Dale and Sally Richter
Dale Riedl and Adam Dworkin
J. Robert and Gladys Rosenthhal
Warren and Bernice Rubin
Joerg Schwartz
Steve Tetrault
Joseph and Sheila Thal Foundation
William Trautman
Leonidas Vrondissis and Ellie Moschos
Edwin Wittstein and Robert Miller
Simon Yates and Kevin Roon

Contributors (up to $349)
Marc Berman and John Yakubic
Scott Bromley
James Cashel
Carol Ferris-Lipkins
Chuck Golod
Chuck and Mimi Greenlee
James Guedry
Michael Harrell
B. Thomas Henry
Mark Krayenhoff
Edward Lewis
Island Properties of the Pines
Milton Pike

Additionally, I wish to thank The Professional Estate of Horace Gifford, The Architectural League of New York, Metropolis Books and Gordon de Vries Studio, and Pamphlet Architecture Ltd. for all of your assistance.