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Events October 2015

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Modernism and Preservation at the Pearlroth House

October 17, 2015

Coming soon: You can visit the fully restored Pearlroth House designed by Andrew Geller for an exhibition and conference highlighting the pleasures and perils of Modern architecture preservation.

The Pearlroth House in Westhampton Beach, NY—also known as the Double Diamond House—was built in 1959 as an inexpensive, wildly unusual take on the classic A-frame of the period. The wood-framed structure had unfortunately deteriorated over the years and was at risk of demolition in 2005. In 2013, after years of concerted preservation work by many, the Pearlroth House cubes were lifted by crane and moved 40-feet back from the dunes to be safe from coastal erosion. Over the past two years the house has been fully restored on its new site.

On Saturday October 17, Jake Gorst, author of Andrew Geller: Deconstructed, along with the house’s current owners, Jonathan Pearlroth and Holly Posner, are hosting this event that combines an exhibition and panel discussions with a tour of the house. Panelists include Paul and Carol Bentel, Bentel & Bentel Architects; John Kriskiewicz, architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State board member; Christopher Rawlins, Rawlins Design and author of Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction; Michael Schwarting and Frances Campani, Campani and Schwarting Architects and New York Institute of Technology; and Matthew Silva, People for the Pavilion founder and director of Modern Ruin: A World's Fair Pavilion.

Copies of Andrew Geller: Deconstructed, released this summer from Glitterati, Inc., will be available for sale at the event with signings by the author.

DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State is a co-sponsor of this event.

The Pearlroth House’s own website will also be launching soon. For now, visit the event Facebook page.

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Pearlroth House, post restoration. Photo: © Jake Gorst, 2015
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The Pearlroth House under construction in 1959. photo: Andrew Geller Architectural Archive/Jake & Tracey Gorst
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The house in its early years. photo: Andrew Geller Architectural Archive/Jake & Tracey Gorst

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