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The living room of Benjamin Kauth's Horace Gifford-designed (Credit: Michael Weber)

The living room of Benjamin Kauth's Horace Gifford-designed house in Fair Harbor, Fire Island.

Architect Horace Gifford's Fire Island homes

Architect Horace Gifford, whose works are the subject of Christopher Rawlins' "Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction" (Metropolis Books/Gordon de Vries Studio), completed 78 strikingly original homes in his career. Sixty-three of those residences were built on Fire Island, a location that gave free reign to his nature-oriented imagination.

Horace Gifford-designed home in Fire Island Pines built
(Credit: Tom Yee)

Horace Gifford-designed home in Fire Island Pines built for Patrick Travis and William Wall.

A Gifford-designed home in Fire Island Pines built
(Credit: Tom Yee)

A Gifford-designed home in Fire Island Pines built for Norton and Marlo Sloan.

A Horace Gifford-designed home in Seaview, Fire Island,
(Credit: Tom Sibley)

A Horace Gifford-designed home in Seaview, Fire Island, built for Robert and Gladys Rosenthal.

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A Horace Gifford-designed home in Fire Island Pines
(Credit: Horace Gifford Estate)

A Horace Gifford-designed home in Fire Island Pines built for Lawrence Bonaguidi and now owned by Eric Reinitz and Marc Blackwell.

Inside Eric Reinitz and Marc Blackwell’s Fire Island
(Credit: Michael Dunne)

Inside Eric Reinitz and Marc Blackwell’s Fire Island Pines home, considered Gifford’s most innovative “tree house.”

Horace GIfford-designed residence in Fire Island Pines, built
(Credit: Michael Weber)

Horace GIfford-designed residence in Fire Island Pines, built for James Cashel.

James Cashel's Horace Gifford-designed residence in Fire Island
(Credit: Michael Weber)

James Cashel's Horace Gifford-designed residence in Fire Island Pines.

A Horace Gifford-designed residence in Fire Island Pines
(Credit: Bill Maris)

A Horace Gifford-designed residence in Fire Island Pines built for Murray Fishman.

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Horace Gifford-designed house in Fair Harbor, Fire Island,
(Credit: Michael Weber)

Horace Gifford-designed house in Fair Harbor, Fire Island, built for Dr. Benjamin Kauth.

The living room of Benjamin Kauth's Horace Gifford-designed
(Credit: Michael Weber)

The living room of Benjamin Kauth's Horace Gifford-designed house in Fair Harbor, Fire Island.

Benjamin Kauth's Horace Gifford-designed house in Fair Harbor,
(Credit: Michael Weber)

Benjamin Kauth's Horace Gifford-designed house in Fair Harbor, Fire Island.

Architect Horace Gifford, circa 1960.
(Credit: Handout)

Architect Horace Gifford, circa 1960.

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