PINES MODERN 2021 HOUSE TOURS
Sun 9/12 & Sun 9/19
Check in at 2 PM at Whyte Hall, 577 Fire Island Boulevard. Departure at 2:15 PM sharp.
Curated by Christopher Rawlins and led by Rawlins and Andrew Vichosky, this guided house tour showcases the best of vintage Pines modernism. Six homes will be opened to the public each day. A champagne reception at a featured home concludes each tour. In addition to the interior tours noted below, this walking tour of the Pines will pause outside of notable structures. Attendees should wear comfortable shoes and sun protection. Due to the age of the buildings and the nature of the boardwalks, handicapped accessibility is very limited.
This exclusive event funds Pines Modern, an online tour that makes the architecture of the Pines available to all. Pines Modern is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Your ticket purchase is 90% tax-deductible.
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Homeowner: Daniel O’Connell.
Architect: Unknown. Renovation: Bromley Caldari Architects. Photo: Ben Rahn/A-Frame, courtesy A-Frame Studio.
Homeowners: Sumner Freeman and Roy Yeager.
Homeowner: Dr. Michael Giordano.
Homeowners: Ted Acosta and Marc Cibrario.
Architect: Andrew Geller, 1958-61 Restoration: Larson and Paul Architects, 2006. Photo: Tad Mike.
Homeowners: Mark Irizarry and Stefan Peter.
Architect: Unkown, c. 1955. Interior Renovation: Buster Seccia, beginning 1995. Photo: Tom Sibley.
Homeowner: Buster Seccia.
TRANSPORTATION AND ARRIVAL
By Train: Take the Long Island Rail Road to the Sayville Station. A $5 cash shuttle bus will transport you to the Fire Island Pines ferry terminal. The ferry costs $19 round trip (once boarding begins, only cash is accepted).
By Car: The ferry to Fire Island Pines is located at 41 River Road, Sayville, NY 11782. Paid parking is available on site. Be sure to board the Pines ferry rather than the adjacent Cherry Grove ferry.
Check in at 2:00 PM at Whyte Hall, located at 577 Fire Island Boulevard. For day trippers, we recommend that you take the 1:15 PM ferry from Sayville (arriving at 1:35), grab a snack at The Pantry or Pines Pizza, and then walk about 7 minutes to Whyte Hall.
Tours begin at 2:15 PM sharp and extend through about 5:15 PM, with a reception at the final home which will last until roughly 6 PM. There are ferries leaving the Pines at 5:45 PM and 6:45 PM. Deviations from the printed schedule of houses are possible, and this is a rain-or-shine event. As of this writing, the Early Fall ferry schedule is not yet available, so the timing may be adjusted accordingly. Notification will be provided regarding any time changes.
Among the many unique facets of Fire Island Pines is its unmatched mid-century modern architecture, a legacy of its status as a “safe space” and a premier resort for tastemakers in the 1960’s and 70’s. AIDS led to a “dark age” in which so much history and culture was lost. Pines Modern is a non-profit endeavor dedicated to the rediscovery of all that the Pines has created, particularly its mid-century architectural and cultural heritage. These are assets that, properly nourished, will help ensure that the Pines remains a meaningful and relevant destination. We cannot bring back a lost generation, but we can preserve their most salient artifacts and the environment in which they flourished. This guided tour of mid-century homes aims to unpack our history, rethink our priorities, and honor the homeowners who have maintained the integrity of their vintage properties.
Occupancy is extremely high this season, but check AirBnB for overnight accommodations.