The late architect Horace Gifford’s modern and naturalistic Fire Island beach houses don’t come on the market very often. This new listing on the bay, with a $1.25 million asking price, is particularly rare because it was a collaboration between Gifford and architect Harry Bates, who took up the project in 1966 after Gifford became ill, says listing agent Doreen Katen of Fire Island Properties.
The result is a collaboration between two famed architects, with distinct contributions from each.
Gifford gave the home its huge, open great room and brought in tons of California redwood and walls of glass, providing panoramic water views and bringing the inside and outside together. Bates added his touches to two bathrooms and the kitchen, which has a design that is a little more elaborate than Gifford’s sleek and simple look.
The rest of Gifford’s designs can be seen in the recently published hardcover book “Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction” (Metropolis Books/Gordon de Vries Studio, $60).
The original owner is selling the three-bedroom home, which is often the case with Gifford’s designs.
“Once you have one, you don’t want to let it go,” Katen says.