About this project
Objective: To digitize, catalog and preserve the vast architectural archive of midcentury architect Andrew Geller.
About Andrew Geller:
- Houses that Unsquare the Cube
- Seaside Origami
- Beach Artistry
- Far-Out Buildings in the Sun
These are just a few descriptions of Andrew Geller's unique architectural creations found in newspapers and magazines throughout the 1950s and 60s. Geller’s mid-20th century architectural designs helped shape the modern esthetic.
The Pearlroth House, Westhampton Beach, NY 1958
“[Andrew Geller’s] work clearly established a new vocabulary for architecture, changing the perception of the general public of what was then understood as appropriate beach house designs,” said Jim Marino, Executive Committee member of the Long Island chapter of the American Institute of Architects when presenting Mr. Geller with a lifetime achievement award in 2003. “When thinking in terms of architects whose work had an impact on our profession and society one thinks of obviously Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Walter Gropius, van de Rohe, Johnson and the generation after them, Gwathmey and Meier and as recently, Frank Gehry. We are of the opinion that history will prove (if it hasn’t already) that this man’s school of work influenced countless of architects after him, simply by the virtue of the many diverse homes that have since been built across the landscape of Long Island’s beachfront communities that emulate his style.”
Geller's beach house architecture was produced in his private time. During the day he served as the Vice President of Housing and Home Products at the New York office of world renowned industrial designer Raymond Loewy. As such, he developed housing, industrial buildings, skyscrapers, resorts and more for clients spread across the globe.
Interior sketch of the Pearlroth House, Westhampton Beach, NY, 1958
Andrew Geller's architectural archive includes hundreds of drawings, thousands of photographic slides and prints, many 8 mm films, numerous memos and other communications, and dozens of architectural models. Some of this material has never been studied and it is apparent that there are many Andrew Geller works constructed around the world yet to be discovered and identified. The archive must be properly cataloged, photographed and scanned. Once this has been accomplished the Geller family will oversee the preservation of the archive in an academic facility.
Funds raised from this particular Kickstarter initiative will go specifically towards the preservation of the photographic portion of the archive. Large format scanning equipment, cleaning supplies and archival materials need to be acquired. Funds raised beyond the $3,000 goal will aid in other aspects of the project.
Jake Gorst, Emmy® award winning documentary filmmaker, historian and Geller's grandson, will capture the process of discovering and cataloging the archive on film. Where possible he will visit the locations of structures previously unknown as Andrew Geller works. The result will be a documentary that will not only discuss the life and work of Andrew Geller, but will also demonstrate the archival preservation process. The film will be screened at festivals, libraries and schools. Distribution to PBS stations across the United States is also under consideration.
For more information about this project please visit andrewgeller.net.
The Elkin House exterior and interior, Sagaponack, NY 1966
The Levitas House, Martha's Vineyard, MA 1963
The Frank House, Fire Island Pines, NY 1958
The Hunt House, Ocean Bay Park, Fire Island, NY 1958
Elizabeth Reese House interior, Bridgehampton, New York, 1963
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