143-44 OCEAN WALK
Designed by: JOHN REILLY, 1977.
Occupying a double lot at the heart of the Pines, 143-44 Ocean Walk’s vast home stands out among its more diminutive neighbors. Built in the same year as other standard bearers like 556 Ocean Walk, it epitomizes the change in scale and ambition that filled the few remaining parcels in the Pines at this time.
A double ocean lot was only available because it stood empty for years as a view corridor for composer Jerry Herman’s home across the boardwalk. Herman sold the lots to Shillo and Bernice Adir, whose prosperity derived from the banana trade. They commissioned John Reilly, an unknown architect who evidently built no other homes in the Pines.
Despite its size, the home’s manageably scaled volumes, low-slung guest house, and pleasing degree of transparency render it at home in the Pines. Inside, the airy, open plan is defined by dramatic floor and ceiling height changes. Photographer Michael Dunne captured the home at its finest hour during a frenetic photo shoot through the Pines in 1977. More recently, the house starred as a principal setting for Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, shown on HBO.
This home is currently being renovated by Bromley Caldari Architects.
Photos: Michael Dunne.