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Francis Fleetwood, Hamptons architect, dies at 68

Francis Fleetwood, an architect to the rich and

Francis Fleetwood, an architect to the rich and famous of the Hamptons, died May 8, 2015, at his winter home in Wellington, Fla. He was 68. Newsday's obituary for Francis Fleetwood

Francis Fleetwood, an architect to the rich and famous of the Hamptons, died May 8 at his winter home in Wellington, Florida. He was 68.

His brother, Blake, of Manhattan, said he died of a blood clot a day after flying home from Uruguay. He had earlier been on a photo expedition in Patagonia in Argentina.

His main residence was in Amagansett and virtually all of more than 200 homes he designed were in the Hamptons.

In 2001 Forbes magazine named Fleetwood one of the country's best architects. "Fleetwood is known for his shingle-style homes, taking inspiration from the summer residences built in the Hamptons between 1880 and 1920," the article said. "The homes are asymmetrical and are punctuated by expansive porches, breezeways and turrets."

Many of his private homes sold for $20 million to $40 million, making them among the highest priced homes in the United States, Blake Fleetwood said.

He said modern architecture was most popular among the wealthy when his brother, Francis, first started his practice more than 30 years ago but that Fleetwood was drawn to the traditional styles of Stanford White, which he then adapted to the needs of his present-day clients, with large windows and big rooms.

Those clients included Alec Baldwin, Lauren Bacall, Calvin Klein, Paul McCartney, George Stephanopoulos and many in the financial industry.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Francis Fleetwood came to New York when he was a year and a half old with his mother, a physician and Chilean national, and his brother. Their father had previously moved to New York.

Fleetwood held a master's degree in architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He moved to the East Hampton area in 1979 and in 1980 founded his own firm, now called Fleetwood & McMullan of East Hampton.

Blake Fleetwood said his brother was an avid world traveler, photographer, bicyclist, skier, sailor and parasailor. Two years ago, parasailing over Medellin, Colombia, he got caught in a downdraft and fell 85 feet onto rocks, suffering serious injuries and losing his right leg, his brother said.

"He had an adventurous life," Blake Fleetwood said.

Survivors besides his brother include his wife, Stephanie; two half-sisters, Charlotte Fleetwood of Boston and Carmen Paul of Millington, New Jersey; a daughter, Catherine Newsome, of Atlanta; a stepson, Michael Orhan of Portland, Oregon; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were private.

A memorial is to be held in East Hampton at a later date.


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