Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Weekend on Fire Island



I had a challenging week at work at the ad agency so no chance to blog but I want to return a minute to last weekend, Labor Day weekend, when we went to visit our friend Philip on Fire Island. Ted and I were also celebrating our anniversary – we met in Fire Island Pines on Labor Day weekend twenty-four years ago.

Philip bought this house on Fire Island six years ago. It was designed by pioneering architect Andrew Geller and when it was built in 1961, it was the first example of modernism in the Pines. This important house had deteriorated and been altered but Philip completely restored it and brought it back to life. The design flies upward with bright expanses of glass windows. The walls were not built at ninety degrees but slant inwards instead which further emphasises the upward feeling. As a result, all of the corners and joints fit together inside like a wooden jigsaw puzzle. It's kind of like being inside a beautifully crafted boat.


The heated lap pool always entices.


Inside, modern furniture complements the architecture.


Chicness itself, as we say.


Through the guest room is a spiral stair case...


which leads up to a fantastic roof deck...


with spectacular views of the ocean...


and the bay. Really divine.


My favorite walk: the walk to the beach.


We set up camp...


and Ted and Philip took a dip.


When Ted and I met on Fire Island twenty-four years ago, we actually had already been introduced earlier that summer at an event for the Road Runners, the gay running club. When we met again on Fire Island, I was visiting a house on the ocean with friends and up from the beach came Ted who was part of that house. Last weekend I went for a run on the board walk and then I walked down to the beach. I stopped in front of the house where we met. A new house is now built on the site but ironically the owners still wave the Fire Island Pines flag which Ted designed for the community. I was standing there on the beach looking at the house thinking about the day that my life changed, when up from behind me came Ted. Just like twenty-four years ago.

7 comments:

CashmereLibrarian said...

Congrats Bart and Ted! My husband and I are celebrating 24 years together as well this year.

Bart Boehlert said...

Congrats to you too CL! It's a good thing...
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Laura [What I Like] said...

Congratulations to the two of you...I love hearing of wonderful partnerships! And I can't imagine a more beautiful setting in which to celebrate. That house is truly stunning in the most classy, restrained way possible.

Pigtown-Design said...

Congrats!

Errant Aesthete said...

The telling of that tale is fraught with inevitability, just as life itself is. It felt steeped in expectation and then you both showed up.

A toast to 24 more.

designerman said...

gorgeous house, and happy anniversary!

usoniaboy said...

I don't even know you, but I was moved to tears.

Congratulations