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Leisurama: Vacation Homes for the Average American

Leisurama: Vacation Homes for the Average American

By (author) Jake Gorst


Publishing 8th Feb 2021
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  • Provides insight into the fascinating cultural history of the Cold War era through the Leisurama housing project
  • A companion piece to Jake Gorst's previous title, Andrew Geller: Deconstructed ISBN 9780990380894
  • Includes over 350 color and black-and-white images throughout
Full Description
How did an argument in a Moscow kitchen between Richard Nixon and Nikita Khrushchev result in the development of 200 midcentury modern vacation houses in the fishing community of Montauk, New York? "Leisurama" homes were designed in the office of industrial designer Raymond Loewy, sold through Macy's Department Store and were delivered to the buyer fully furnished - down to the towels and toothbrushes. The culmination of 17 years of research by documentary filmmaker Jake Gorst, Leisurama: Vacation Homes for the Average American, Brought to You by Geniuses, Spin Doctors, and Dreamers chronicles the evolution of Leisurama from its inception, starting with developer Herbert Sadkin, through the 1964 World's Fair, to present day. Contents: Foreword; Author's Note; Introduction; Chapter One: Moscow Builds a House; Chapter Two: There Are No Hills in Lauderhill; Chapter Three: A New Idea in Montauk; Chapter Four: War and Peace at the World's Fair; Chapter Five: It Became a House; Chapter Six: Geniuses, Spin Doctors, and Dreamers Revisited; Endnotes; Bibliography; Photo Credits; Acknowledgements.
About the Author
Jake Gorst is an Emmy award winning filmmaker and writer. Recent documentaries include Frey: The Architectural Envoy (2018) and The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect (2014). He is the author of the book Andrew Geller: Deconstructed (Glitterati, 2015) and a contributing writer to The Architect's Newspaper and Modern magazine.
Publish date
8th Feb 2021
USA & Canada
8.62 in x 10 in
216 Pages
color, b&w
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