LOST MODERN 517 PORGIE WALK
Architect: HARRY BATES, c. 1961.
517 Porgie Walk, like many homes in the Pines, sheltered outsize talents within an understated cube that faced the Great South Bay.
Jimmy Daniels (1908-84) was a widely known cabaret singer and night-club host, holding court at a series of European and New York City clubs. During the 1930’s his lover was the architect Philip Johnson. By the 1950’s, Daniels was sharing a townhouse on Bank Street in Greenwich Village with fashion designer Rex Madsen, who dressed a celebrity clientele and found his wares displayed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Harry Bates’ double-height, double-staired, and double-cat-walked cube practically demanded performances from its outgoing owners. Bates later marveled that “No one, for all the WILD parties, EVER fell off! It’s amazing.” Each stair led to an upper bedroom, with a kitchen and a study tucked below. Every room accessed a terrace through sliding glass doors.
517 Porgie Walk still stands but it has been significantly altered.
House Photos: Bill Maris ©ESTO. Daniels portrait: Huffington Post. Daniels and Madsen portrait: Amistad Research Center.