Gary Lawrance

Stony Brook, NY

                                                                 

                                           

                                                                                                   Gary Lawrance


Gary Lawrance, AIA is an architect from Stony Brook, New York. His firm, Lawrance Architectural Presentations, provides design presentations, architectural models, and design development services to architects, landscape architects, and interior designers. Most of his recent work has involved the refinement and development of study models into fully detailed models of fine residences and landscapes in the Hamptons and Long Island’s north shore. Since completing his architectural thesis on the country house architecture of Long Island’s Coast Gold in 1982, at the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury, New York from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Architecture, Mr. Lawrance has lectured on the lost architecture of the Gilded Age for historical and garden societies, and preservation and arts groups. Gary Lawrance also consults with preservation groups, scholars, and homeowners in researching the historical background of their properties. He has written articles on architecture and society for “Quest” magazine, and recently co-authored the best selling book.“Houses of the Hampton’s, 1880-1930”, Acanthus Press 2007. He currently writes for his blogs, Mansions of the Gilded Age, and Houses of the Hamptons, while he is researching his next book. Mr. Lawrance’s speaking programs are,

” Gatsby’s Mansions”
” Gilded Age Gardens”
” Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930″
” Lost Houses of the Gilded Age”
” Lost Houses of the Hamptons”
” The Lost Mansions of Newport”
” Mrs. Astor’s Fifth Avenue, Secret Splendors of the Gilded Age”
” Whitemarsh Hall, America’s Lost Versailles”

 

Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930 (Architecture of Leisure)

What began as a tiny cluster of settlements established by Puritans fleeing the more restrictive towns to the north had evolved by the late 19th century into one of American’s premier resort communities. The Hamptons, valued for their bracing air, their exceptional views, and their fertile soil, drew dozens of the best families in New York and New England society, who made the area their summer playground. As one society matron remarked of Southampton, ‘Southampton is a little backwater of God.’ In this remarkable volume, filled with archival photographs, authors Gary Lawrance and Anne Surchin plunge the reader into this world of leisured, cultured existence. Their survey of more than 30 houses shows us treasures such as Ballyshear, Ocean Castle, The Bouwerie, and Port of Missing Men. They discuss the great architects of the period who designed these houses, including figures and firms such as Cross & Cross, John Russell Pope, and Leroy P. Ward. Among those for whom they designed houses in the Hamptons were Henry Francis du Pont, Col. Henry Huttleston Rogers, and Ellery James. Houses of the Hamptons offers a fascinating glimpse into the privileged society of the turn of the century, one that has all but vanished from the modern world.

 

 

Houses of the Hamptons, 1880-1930 (Architecture of Leisure)