Fire Island Pines Midcentury Modern House Tour (Opt. B, tours only)

Event Pass Information

Event Pass Type
Student with Valid ID$55.00 USD
General Public$115.00 USD

Event Details

To mark the fifth anniversary of the formation of AIA New York's Custom Residential Architects Network (AIANY CRAN), the chapter is pleased to present an all-day outing and survey of the mid-century modern architecture of Fire Island Pines. (Note: Registrants will be required to provide their own transportation and secure their own ferry tickets so as to arrive no later than 1:30pm to Fire Island Pines. Looking for transportation? See the Option A tour for tickets inclusive of transportation to and from NYC.)

The program offers 30 registrants a guided walking tour jointly presented Fire Island Pines Historical Preservation Society and Pines Modern. Led by Gianfranco Lentini and Christopher Rawlins, the program will include tours of four house interiors by Harry Bates and Horace Gufford, the most prolific and celebrated architects in this community. As Rawlins writes: “Their homes shared the spotlight with inspired cameos by Bray-Schaible, Arthur Erickson, Andrew Geller, Julius Kaufman, Michael Kinlaw, James McCleod, Don Page, and Steven Robinson. While each pursued different forms, all shared the belief that life at the beach should be carefree as well as maintenance-free."

This guided tour of mid-century modern homes aims to unpack our history, rethink our priorities, and honor the homeowners who have maintained the integrity of their vintage properties.

Tour Guides: 
Gianfranco Lentini, Researcher for the Fire Island Pines Historical Society
Christopher Rawlins, Founder and President of Pines Modern and Principal of Rawlins Design

About the Tour Guides:
Gianfranco Lentini is a Researcher for the Fire Island Pines Historical Society, whose mission is to preserve the rich and colorful history of the island for present and future generations. Lentini also serves as an Adjunct Professor at New York University for Tisch’s Summer Program and is a current Playwright-in-Residence with TDF’s Young Playwrights Program.

Christopher Rawlins is the Founder and President of Pines Modern and Principal of Rawlins Design. He is the author of Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction (Metropolis Books/Gordon de Vries Studio, 2013). A revised and expanded edition of Fire Island Modernist will be published next year by Metropolis Books/Gordon deVries Studio.