Architect Harry Bates, 83, a pioneer of the 1960s architectural revolution in the Hamptons, is being honored with a retrospective exhibition of his early work. Rarely seen drawings and photographs of Bates' modernist houses that sidestepped the traditional East End's old-guard shingle style will be on view in Amagansett.

Still an active principal in the Sag Harbor firm Bates/Masi, the veteran architect is at the peak of a 58-year career with more than 50 houses to his credit, including this 1966 Fire Island home. He was at the forefront of the dynamic design genre that sparked the trend to light-filled open interiors, glass walls and white surfaces that so closely defined the Hamptons mystique.

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Bates' young partner, Paul Masi says, "Harry is so shy, I had to plead with him for two years to hold this retrospect. It's amazing to see how well his work holds up."

The walk-in exhibit, titled "Second House," will be on view from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days at week from May 15 to June 2 at Sylvester & Co. At Home, 154 Main St., Amagansett, 631-267-9777. The opening reception will be held at 6pm on May 15.


Bates/Masi photo