Long Island Modernism

Caroline Rob Zaleski
New York, NY: Norton, 2012

In the decades just before and after WWII many young and established architects designed architecturally significant modern buildings in close proximity to urban areas, many of which have since been forgotten. The recent publication of Long Island Modernism sheds a unique light on an area where many of these buildings have gone unnoticed for decades. The work of such well known architects as Marcel Breuer, Paul Rudolph, Wallace Harrison and Richard Meier, to name only a few, are included as are the surprising and lesser known architectural works of George Nelson, the one of Herman Miller furniture fame, William Lescaze and Percival Goodman. Zaleski’s book is not just a survey of published literature, although it includes extensive historic data but is based on an actual survey and visit to the buildings. This is an important book that also serves as a reminder of an architectural heritage that may have gone unappreciated so far.

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