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Icon: Travertine House by Gordon Bunshaft

The only house that Gordon Bunshaft designed is the Travertine House, built in 1963 for his own family. After his death, he left it to the Museum of Modern Art who sold it to Martha Stewart in 1995. Her extensive remodelling led to acrimonious disputes with neighbours so she sold it to Donald Maharam in 2005, who declared it decrepit and demolished the house.
Bunshaft was a partner in the New York office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), and his earliest work, Lever House in New York, was SOM’s breakthrough.

Travertine House, Georgica Pond, New York, by Gordon Bunshaft, (demolished)
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Wednesday, February 18th, 2009


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One Response to
“Icon: Travertine House by Gordon Bunshaft”

  1. nancy Says:

    Rich people who buy mid-century architectural gems such as this one, even if they need serious repair, should be prosecuted for desecration of sacred ground if they attempt to and/or succeed in their demolition. If someone is wealthy enough to buy one of these homes in the first place, they certainly have the funds to restore it. And shame on MOMA for selling it to Martha Stewart (who should have had to pass a "taste test" in order to take possession of the property :-) With all this new interest in being "green," we should restore mid-century houses, not destroy them!

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