Commissioned just after World War II, architect Marcel Breuer designed the house for Betram Geller to meet the needs of modern American family living. The house was the first built by Breuer incorporating his influential concept of the “bi-nuclear” house, in which living and sleeping areas of the house are separated into different formal elements. The concept consisted of two elements which have been joined, roughly in the shape of an “H.” The center of the “H” divides the daytime and nighttime uses: separating “…presentable spaces from the necessarily chaotic domain of children.”
Currently in danger of being demolished, this project is the first of its kind in Breuer's collection of bi-nuclear homes, making it incredibly significant to the archive of his life's work in the 20th century. It is one of only four homes designed and built on Long Island by Breuer, another being a second home for the Geller family in Lawrence. Geller House was also home to custom cutout plywood chairs that were made specifically to fit the interior aesthetic, which have been considered a representation of "a new direction in his furniture design" (Herzig). As both the start to his accomplishments in designing bi-nuclear homes and a landmark in his career as a furniture designer, Geller House has both cultural and historical significance in the world of architectural design and should be protected from demolition.