Gramercy Park Block Association - Neighborhood News #574
Our dear friends Gramercy Park neighbors 
Phil & Lucy Suarez's beach house in Fair Harbor, New York 


Richard Meier's High and Mighty Beach House
Trevor Tondro for The New York Times 

The story of how Richard Meier, one of the world's most-celebrated architects, came to design a small, one-bedroom house on a barrier island likely destined for extinction goes back nearly a half-century.


It was 1969, and Phil and Lucy Suarez were newlyweds. Mr. Suarez, 27, would eventually become the business partner of the acclaimed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, but at the time he had just co-founded a company that became very successful at producing popular commercials and music videos. He and Mrs. Suarez, 24, had bought their first apartment, in Gramercy Park, and were contemplating a renovation. When Mr. Suarez asked a colleague to recommend an architect, he was given the name of Richard Meier, a rising star already becoming known for his dramatic stark-white buildings.


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