Farewell to two Modern greats
February 17, 2012
We lost two important Modern Movement architects last December: Andrew Geller and Gene Summers. Andrew Geller (1924-2011) is best known for his whimsical, low cost beach houses on the shores of Long Island and New Jersey and for pushing the envelope of tract house design. Geller’s work is featured in the forthcoming documentary film, “Modern Tide: Midcentury Architect on Long Island,” premiering this this weekend at Palm Springs Modernism Week.
While the loss of Gene Summers (1928-2011) is felt more profoundly in Chicago, the Mies protégé and former dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology left his mark on New York as a leader in the construction of the Seagram Building (1958) on Park Avenue—one of the greatest testaments to mid-century Modern architecture.