Marcel Breuer’s Geller House I demolished on Long Island without warning

Docomomo US has shared the news that Geller House I, a hugely influential early residential project of Marcel Breuer in Lawrence, New York, is gone. It was “demolished overnight,” apparently to make way for new residential development in a Queens-abutting swath of Long Island “where property values have skyrocketed and the size of newly built houses dwarfs the more modest scale of this early modern home,” according to the stateside arm of the international nonprofit dedicated to the documentation and conservation of modernist architecture and design.

While the destruction of any significant modernist building is saddening, the loss of Breuer’s Geller House I particularly

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