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Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

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Health and Home - Interview with Beatriz Colomina

A Life Less Ordinary – Interview with Valentijn Carbo

Invisible Women - Interview with Alice T. Friedman

Winy Maas on the Green Dip

Anita Blom on Experimental Housing of the 1970s

Women’s Worlds - Interview with Natalie Dubois

The Culture of Living - Interview with Robert von der Nahmer

Hetty Berens: A Fresh Take on Modernism

Niek Smit on Supporting Modern Heritage

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How a Building Tells a Story - Recorded Event

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13 Aalto Sites Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage

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Business Cards of Stone, Timber and Concrete in the Brussels Region 1830-1970

Exhibiting & Visiting Modernist Monuments

Fostering Well-Researched Responsible Design


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Exhibition 'Modernism and Refuge'

A Hidden Gem of Postmodernism

New Centre for Historic Houses of India

An Online Chronicle of the Douglas House

SPECIAL – Northern (High)Lights!

SPECIAL - Casas Icónicas en España!

SPECIAL - Vacances en France!

SPECIAL – Iconic Dreams - Sleep in an Iconic House!

SPECIAL – Dutch Delights!

SPECIAL – German Greats!

Villa Henny, geometric style icon in The Netherlands

A Mendini temple in Amsterdam

IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House

An Afternoon with the Glucks

Danish Moderns – Looking Back at Our Mini-Seminar

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Lecture report: Remembering Richard Neutra

Hôtel Mezzara and the Guimard Museum project

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BREAKING NEWS: 8 Wright Sites Inscribed on Unesco World Heritage List!

LECTURE 29 August - Raymond Neutra: My Father and Frank Lloyd Wright

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Our Badge of Honour

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An Iconic Saga

Restoring Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 and Clarifying the Controversies

Modernism on the East Coast

Iconic Houses in Latin America

House Tours May 2018 

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Terence Riley -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Philip Johnson

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Jorge Liernur -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Latin American Modernism(s)

Restoring the past: The Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Home Studio

Behind the Scenes: Hendrick de Keyser Association

Latin America Special – Focus on Mexico

De Stijl in Drachten

Preserving the Nancarrow House-Studio

Meet the Friends - Nanne de Ru

Latin America Special – Focus on Brazil

Jan de Jong’s House is Latest Hendrick de Keyser Acquisition

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In Berlin’s Modernist Network

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Getty Grant for Villa E-1027

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Wright Plus 2016 Walk

Speaking Volumes: Building the Iconic Houses Library

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Barragán House on Screen

Gesamtkunstwerk – An Icon on the Move

Triennale der Moderne 27 September - 13 October 2013

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September 14 + 15: Heritage Days in Paris

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Corbu’s Cabanon: Reconstruction and Lecture

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Annual Wright Architectural Housewalk: 18 May

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Screen

Message from the Editor

Neutra’s House on Screen

Melnikov House on Screen

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Message from the Editor

Eileen Gray House on Screen

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Work in Progress: The Pearlroth House

Photos: "The Andrew Geller Architectural Archive/Jake and Tracey Gorst Collection"

Long Island, New York, 1958
Designed by Andrew Geller (1924 – 2011)

The Pearlroth House, also known as ‘the Double Diamond’, is a highlight among the modest but imaginative wooden weekend homes built by architect Andrew Geller. Fortunately, the son of the original clients, Jonathan Pearlroth, has decided to keep the house for future generations and not – as has sadly been the case with many of these simple structures – to replace it with a McMansion (land in The Hamptons, on Long Island and Fire Island, is worth far more than the modest homes constructed there by the mid-century modern architects). Starting this summer, the house can be visited by appointment.

Jonathan Pearlroth tells us about the project to save and restore the stunning 1958 building.
“The Pearlroth House was built in 1958 in Westhampton Beach, New York for my parents, Arthur and Mitch Pearlroth. Inspired by the ocean, dunes and beach grass, they wanted an inexpensive, unusual beach house. After reading a New York Times article about the Elizabeth Reese house (a modest A-frame structure built in Sagaponack), they decided to contact architectural designer Andrew Geller. Today, the Pearlroth House is recognised as a paradigm of mid-century modern beach house architecture. Architectural historian Alastair Gordon lists it as one of the Ten Best Houses of the Hamptons in the New York Observer.

“The Pearlroth House is built of wood and sits on cedar pilings with a cinder block chimney and hearth. The house consists of two elongated box shapes rotated in tandem and perched on edge, forming a box kite or ‘double diamond’ shape. The void between the two forms is filled with a glassed-in living area. Inside the house, long low benches stretch along the side walls of the living area. Steps lead from the benches up into the diamond-shaped pods that contain three bunkrooms and a bathroom. The interior of the house is approximately 600 square feet (about 56 m2). The exterior is sheathed in copper.”

“Today, I own the house with Holly Posner, and we are restoring it to its former glory with the restoration architect, CookFox Architects, and Jake Gorst, filmmaker and grandson of Andrew Geller. The restoration has involved five years of planning and permits and a year of construction. We initially started in 2005 by demolishing the additions to the house that were built in the 1970s. Other than these, the original fabric of the house had been largely unchanged. The biggest challenge regarding the project stems from the fact that the property is situated in a coastal erosion and hazard zone. Long Island recently suffered greatly from Hurricane Sandy, so a major issue for us was compliance with all local, New York State and Federal codes.”

“The restoration is almost completed, and we expect the project to be finished as of May 2015. The house will then be open to visitors for the first time, by appointment. We will still live in the house and manage it, together with a maintenance person. It’s a new venture, so we are curious to see how people will react.” What do I think is most valuable thing about the house? “I would say the fact that, once you have seen it, you will never think that walls have to be at vertical 90-degree angles again.”

Pearlroth House on Screen
Jake Gorst has produced two short films about the house that can be found on YouTube:
Save the Pearlroth House! (7:02)
Save the Pearlroth House! Part II: History of the Pearlroth House. (5:30)

In print, Jake Gorst’s book will be published this April: Andrew Geller: Deconstructed - The Story of an Artist and Architect