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Pines Modern launches with a not-to-miss website

August 25, 2016

Thanks to popular tours and a recently published book by architect and author Christopher Rawlins, DOCOMOMO followers are likely familiar with the mid-century architectural gems located in the Pines community of Fire Island. These distinctively beach-y homes, designed by architects such as Horace Gifford, Harry Bates, Marcel Bretos, Earl Burns Combs, Arthur Erickson, Andrew Geller and many others in the 1960s and 1970s were once numerous, but over the years many have been lost. Now, a new 501c3 organization, Pines Modern, with a sleek new website seeks to bring the history and culture of the Pines to a broader audience.

Visitors to the site can take an interactive tour of many of these unique homes (with written and audio commentary from Rawlins), learn more about the architects who worked and lived in the community, daydream about purchasing, and of course, contribute to Pines Modern’s documentation and preservation advocacy efforts. If a trip to Long Island isn’t on your itinerary this summer, make a virtual visit via and enjoy this enclave of Modern movement heritage.

Saturday September 3, 4:30 – 7:00pm
122 Ocean Walk, Fire Island Pines
Visit the Pines Modern website for details and to RSVP.

214 Beach Hill Walk, Don Page, 1962; addition and renovation, Rawlins Design, 2012. Photo: Tom Sibley
122 Ocean Walk, Horace Gifford, 1970; restoration 2011. Photo Michael Weber
525 Snapper Walk, architect unknown; renovation Horace Gifford, 1971. Photo: Tom Sibley