Collection by Aaron Britt

Houses of the Sundown Sea

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Way back in our Dec/Jan issue that kicked off 2008, we told the story of the super groovy, surf bum-cum-architectural genius Harry Gesner. The man was a true California original, one who found a bombasitc balance between natural forms and outsized structural expression. A new book, due out next month from Abrams called Houses of the Sundown Sea: The Architectural Vision of Harry Gesner goes further into Gesner's life and work. Here's a preview of the lovely tome authored by Lisa Germany and illustrated with a raft of inspiring photos.

Gesner on the beach with his sons, late 1990s.
Gesner’s house for John Scantlin,1965, highlighting the structure of the single ridge beam, and its lateral rib-like...
The living room fireplace recapitulates the Gothic theme of the windows.
Gesner’s drawing of a never-built ski resort for an area known as Mineral King in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, c....
Gesner’s house for John Scantlin,1965, highlighting the structure of the single ridge beam, and its lateral rib-like...
White paint now covers the exterior walls of the Cooper Wave house, and the beach has shrunk over the decades since the...
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