It was with great sadness that we learned of the loss of Andrew Geller, who died on December 25. An American architect, Geller is perhaps best known for the beach houses he designed in the 1950s and 60s, many of which were in the Hamptons. On May 5, 1957, the New York Times featured a story about the A-frame house he designed for Elizabeth Reese in Sagaponack, New York, and Geller’s fresh approach to this style of architecture was met with international acclaim. For 35 years, Geller worked at the international design firm Raymond Loewy & Associates, where he designed the “Typical American House” shown at the American Exhibition in Moscow. The house was the cause of the famous Kitchen Debate between Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev on July 24, 1959. A year later, the model home led to the creation of Leisurama Homes, a line of summer houses that could be purchased at Macy’s. Geller’s work can be seen in many books, including Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons by Alastair Gordon.
Our thoughts are with his family. This modernist architect will be missed.
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