Fire Island wouldn’t be the idyllic haven we know today if it weren’t for Horace Gifford, a young, often overlooked architect from Florida who designed 78 stunning beach houses off its boardwalks between 1961 and 1980. In Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction (Metropolis Books), a new monograph bursting with inspiring drawings and vintage photographs, author and architect Christopher Rawlins remembers this precocious (and handsome) talent who turned the south shores of Long Island into a modernist’s dream.
Photos courtesy of Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction
Above: Burge Pavilion, Fire Island Pines, N.Y., 1965, ©Horace Gifford
Kauth House, Fair Harbor, N.Y., 1964, ©Michael Weber
Cashel House, Fire Island Pines, N.Y., 1969, ©Michael Weber
Luck House, Bridgehampton, N.Y., 1967, ©Horace Gifford