Harry Bates, a founding father of Long Island modernism, designed increasingly refined homes of consistent simplicity

Harry Bates, who died earlier this month, was one of the luckiest architects I have ever encountered. He was fortunate enough at the outset of his career to play a significant role in the development of one of the notable styles of the 20th century, the modernist, wood-and-glass beach houses that proliferated on the eastern seaboard in the 1960s and 1970s and to have designed some of the very best houses in this genre on Fire Island and farther east in the Hamptons. Along with Horace Gifford, Robert Rosenberg, Norman Jaffe, Peter Blake, and Julian and Barbara Neski, Bates and his early partner, Dale Booher, were founders

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