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NORMAN JAFFE, FAIA (1932-1993)

Jaffe was born in Chicago to immigrant parents from Poland and Latvia. During the Depression, he was sent to live with relatives in Seattle where he attended high school. He joined the military in 1954, serving with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Japan during the Korean War. In 1956, he began studying architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, later transferring to Berkeley for a bachelor's degree in 1958. Jaffe also studied at the Art Students League of New York and Art Institute of Chicago. Jaffe began working for Joseph Esherick and in 1961, he moved to New York to work for Skidmore Owings & Merrill and later briefly for Philip Johnson. Jaffe in 1973 moved to Bridgehampton where he opened an architectural practice. He designed at least 50 and perhaps as many as 500 houses, pending verification. He died in 1993 while swimming off the beach in Bridgehampton NY.

In 1987, Jaffe donated the design for a new synagogue, Gates of the Grove in the Hamptons of NY (above), which critic Paul Goldberger called Jaffe's greatest building. His archives are at Columbia. His son Miles has a website. Bio adapted from Wikipedia.


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1962 - aka Pension Homes, San Francisco CA. Status unknown.


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1964 - The George Berkowitz House, aka Five Pavilions Linked by a Service Spine, Lake Mahopac NY. Designed with Robert Sobel. Interiors, Nicos Zographos. Built by Edwin and Allen Page, Page Brothers. Featured in Architectural Record Houses 1964. Photos by Richard Weatherwax. Status unknown.


1965 - The W. A. Mann House, Mount Vernon VA. Unbuilt.


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1965 - The Harold Becker Apartment, New York NY. Interior. Status unknown.


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1966 - The Betty Watson Hall House, Pleasantville NY. Status unknown.


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1966 - The Peel House, 24299 Seabreeze Drive R03, Rodanthe NC. Commissioned 1965. The lot went from the ocean to the sound and was about 75 feet wide. Sold in 1999 to Mike Evans who moved it back off the ocean a little higher off the ground and put in steps and railings. Sold in 2011 to Michael and Jan Rabe who did a restoration, bottom three photos.


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1966 - The Spacemakers Prefab Housing System. Unbuilt.


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1968 - The Sascha Burland House #1, aka East House, aka Burland East, Pheasant Walk, Bridgehampton NY. Commissioned 1967. Destroyed around 2001. Top image is an early concept sketch for Burland.


1968 - The Sascha Burland House #2, aka West House, aka Burland West, Pheasant Walk, Bridgehampton NY. Commissioned 1967. Destroyed around 2008.


1968 - The Leonard A. Schulman Beach House, Bridgehampton NY. Asher Israelow, grandson of the original owner, did renovations around 2008. Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects designed a guest house around 2018, bottom photo. Status unknown.


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1968 - The Carl Fischer Cabin, 10 Laurel Drive South, Sherman CT. Deeded in 2013 to son Kenneth Fischer and daughter-in-law Robin Cohen.


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1969 - The Harold Becker House, 147 Town Line Road, Wainscott NY. Sold in 2014 to Robert Daglio. Featured in: Architectural Record, April 1973; Home and Garden, August 1972; and the documentary, Beyond the Beach. Jaffe took swimming lessons in the Becker pool.


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1970 - The Irving and Dorian Goldman House, 31 Surfside Drive, Bridgehampton NY. Addition in 2011. Still owned by the Goldmans as of 2020.


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1970 - The Stephen and Sandy Perlbinder House, 4 Potato Road, Sagaponack NY. Structural engineer, James Romeo; built by Stephen Perlbinder. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1971. In 1983, a fire caused by a faulty heater devastated the living room, which they had to rebuild. And in 1998, a series of unusually fierce storms eroded the dune upon which the house was built. Moved inland 350 feet and expanded by 4000sf in the late 1990s by their son-in-law, Cristian Sabellarosa. Sandy Perlbinder made a film called Home in 1993. Status unknown.


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1970 - The Barry Cohen House, 544 Asharoken Avenue, Northport NY. Sold in 1998 to Barbara Johnson. Sold in 2018 to Daniel and Stephanie Arsham. Featured in Architectural Digest, November 2019.


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1971 - The Norman Jaffe House I, 1075 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton NY. Built by Jaffe. Sold in 1997 to Ron Rubenstein who did a large renovation, restoring the framing, reshingling the exterior, rebuilding the decks, overhauling, the kitchen and baths, as well as adding a garage. Keith Boyce, who took over the office after Jaffe's death, was the overseeing architect, keeping it true to Jaffe's original design.


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1971 - The Meyer (Mike) Osofsky House, 4 Dawn Lane, Shelter Island NY. One part of the Jacobs/Osofsky/Seidler "compound." Featured in House and Garden, January 1972. Sold in 2020 to Alli Waheed.


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1971 - The Seidler House, 52 Gardiners Bay Drive, Shelter Island Heights NY. One part of the Jacobs/Osofsky/Seidler compound. Commissioned around 1969. Featured in House and Garden, January 1972. Sold in 2015 to the Kathleen Tropin Revocable Trust.


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1971 - The Betty Jacobs House, 60 Gardiners Bay Drive, Shelter Island Heights NY. One part of the Jacobs/Osofsky/Seidler compound. Featured in House and Garden, January 1972. Deeded to daughter Sally Jacobs Baker. Sold in 2015 to Andrew Frankel aka Frankel 1, LLC.


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1971 - The IPX Houses, East Hampton and Bridgehampton NY. Status unknown.


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1971 - The Machiz Apartment, New York NY. Status unknown.


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1972 - aka Brighton Apartment, Brighton NY. Status unknown.


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1972 - The J. Perlbinder Apartment, New York NY. Status unknown.


1972 - The Village Greens Housing Project, Staten Island NY. Jaffe was not happy with the project and was blamed for the development's shortcomings.


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1972 - The Klimpl House, 142 Post Road, Old Westbury NY. Sold in 2007 to Adria and Gary Selmonsky.


1973 - The Wilbur and Dorothy Breslin House, 30 Wheatley Road, Old Westbury NY. Commissioned 1972. Breslins still owners as of 2020, in a trust.


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1973 - aka Parsonage Pond, Southampton NY. Jaffe developed this enclave of houses and the five acre pond. In the 1990s a developer and architect Michael Davis came in and built a blend of English country and shingle-style homes. Status unknown.


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1973 - The Stephen Perlbinder Apartment, New York NY. Status unknown.


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1973 - aka Cragsmoor, Monticello NY. Owned by Mile Square Development. Unbuilt.


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1973 - Elmswood Park Housing Development, Staten Island NY. Status unknown.


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1973 - The Chico Hamilton House, 142 Water Hole Road, East Hampton NY. Hamilton was an American jazz drummer and bandleader for Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan, Count Basie, and Lena Horne. Featured in Architectural Record, November 1975. Deeded to the Hamilton Family Trust. Sold to the Town of East Hampton. Destroyed in 2017.


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1973 - The Marvin and Trudy Schlachter House, 47 Sams Creek Road, Water Mill NY. Built by MS Construction Company. One of 6 houses designed by Jaffe on Sams Creek Road. Featured in Architectural Record, November 1975. Sold to Michael Trokel. Renovated in 2014. Sold in 2016 to Sams Creek ARQ, LLC.


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1974 - The David Reiss House, 35 Pheasant Walk, Bridgehampton NY. Commissioned 1973. Destroyed 2007.


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1974 - The Machiz Beach House, Bahamas. Status unknown.


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1974 - The Brighton Townhouses, Rochester NY. Status unknown.


1974 - The Joseph Wohl House, 124 I. U. Willets Road, Old Westbury NY. 14,000 sf. Became a showcase for the owner's art collection. Sold to Jay Bernstein. For sale in 2021.


1974 - The John Tozzi House, 59 Sams Creek Road, Bridgehampton NY. One of 6 homes that Jaffe built on Sams Creek Road. Second floor added at some point. Sold in 2008 to Paul and Bonnie Bernstein.


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1974 - aka Swan Creek House, 119 Pointe Mecox Lane, Water Mill NY. Jaffe's first spec house, developed with Tony Leichter. Sold in 2003 to Eric Price. Renovation and addition in 2017 by Jaffe's son, Miles Jaffe. Sold to David Sidwell.


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1974 - The Cesare Di Montezemolo House, Southampton NY. Status unknown.


1974 - The Lemon Creek Development, Staten Island NY. Unbuilt. Lemon Creek came closest to reflecting the garden city concepts Jaffe most admired. 350 low-rise units were to be built on 35 acres that straddled an inlet. The one- and two-story structures were designed in harmony with the natural setting and the surrounding neighborhood, which consisted of small, single family dwellings. The low-lying units had sloping gables and were clustered around plazas and set back from the stream at varying intervals. Facades were broken up with overhangs, porches, and dormers, and clad in rough-sawn wood that would weather to a natural gray. Jaffe battled to bring the plan to fruition, but as with Village Greens, building codes, contractors, and a restrictive budget made it impossible to achieve his vision.


1975 - The Marvin Leichter House, 144 Pointe Mecox Lane, Water Mill NY. Miles Jaffe has since renovated this house.


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1975 - The Max Raab House, Barnegat Bay, Schooner Downs NJ. Unbuilt, according to Merle Raab. Commissioned 1973.


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1975 - The Paden House, New Bern NC. Unbuilt.


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1975 - The Kreiger House, 640 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk NY. Built by David Webb. Won an AIA New York Award; Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1977. Appeared in an episode of the Showtime series, The Affair (Season 3). Sold in 1994 to Evan Berger. Most photos by Bill Maris.


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1976 - The Milton Gilbert House, 11 Autumn Terrace, Alpine NJ. Sold in 2003 to Canfield Enterprises A Hatta, which also owns the land next door, still owner as of 2020.


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1976 - The Robert Aron House, 10 Hamptworth Drive, Kings Point NY. Sold in 2018 to Hamptworth 26, LLC.


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1976 - The W. A. Morton House, 43 Pointe Mecox Lane, Water Mill NY. Sold in 2011 to the Gisela Hoveyda Trust. Most of the interior woods have been sheetrocked over, sadly. Available for rent.


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1976 - The Roseland Housing Development, Roseland NJ. Likely unbuilt.


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1977 - The Donald and Ellen Kreindler House, 61 Sams Creek Road, Bridgehampton NY. One of 6 houses Jaffe built on Sams Creek. Sold in 2013 to Rob-Din 1963, LLC.


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1977 - The Fredric and Anne Garonzik House, 135 Pointe Mecox Lane, Bridgehampton NY. Expanded. Still owned by Garonziks as of 2019.


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1977 - The Paul Guilden House, 236 Town Line Road, Sagaponack NY. Sold for the first time in 2018 to Xiao Li Tan.


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1977 - The Ortman House, East Quoque NY. Unbuilt.


1977 - aka Lloyd's House, 12 Heller Lane, East Hampton NY. Photos by Cerwin Robinson. Sold in 2013; destroyed around 2016.


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1977 - The Turetsky House, 15 Horseshoe Road, Old Westbury NY. Last photo is pool house, which has been destroyed. Structural engineer, John Grammis; built by Donald Cappy; landscape design, Donald Rose. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1978. For sale in 2020.


1977 - The John F. (Jack) Whitaker House, 95 Jobs Lane, Water Mill NY. Whitaker was a longtime sports announcer for CBS and NBC. Sold in 2002 to Mark and Wendy Biderman who did a renovation and expansion.


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1977 - The Guilden House, Sagaponack NY.


1977 - The Sascha Burland House #3, Corner of Jobs Land and M Road, Bridgehampton NY. Destroyed in a fire. Another house built on the site, not by Jaffe.


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1977 - The Sams Creek Spec House, Bridgehampton NY. Status unknown.


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1978 - The Herbert Gallen House, Alpine NJ. He founded the Ellen Tracy clothing line. Commissioned 1977. Status unknown.


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1978 - The Josh and Shoshanna Gruss House, 32 Heller Lane, East Hampton NY. Sold in 2009 to Heller Lane Residence LLC (Gruss heirs). Alterations in 2014 by Modi Architecture Design. Bottom two photos by Christopher Sturman. 2020 renovations by Neil Logan.


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1978 - The Norman Jaffe House II, 75 Sams Creek Road, Bridgehampton NY. Sold to Howard and Frieda Bloom. Sold in 2015 to Henryk Conrad De Kwiatkowski.


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1978 - The Karram House, 15 Marie Major Drive, Alpine NJ. Sold in 1991 to Don and Elinor Chatrnuck.


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Around 1978 - The Sky House. Zeus styling. Status unknown.


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1979 - The Weiss House, Kings Point NY. Status unknown.


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1979 - The Halprin House, Kings Point NY. Status unknown.


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1979 - The Orest Bliss House, 88 Meadow Lane, Southampton NY. Commissioned 1978. The 1978 Southampton Architecture Review Board, because they thought the house was ugly and competely out of character with the area, forced Bliss to hide it from roadside view with expensive landscaping. The house was roughly doubled in size by another architect around 2000. In 2021, Bliss applied for a demolition permit, and Southampton Architecture Review Board, 43 years later, thinks the half-Jaffe house should be preserved and the demolition permit denied. Bliss has retained counsel.


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1979 - The P. Datlof House, 34 Forest Drive, Port Washington NY. At one time owned by tennis pro Bjorn Borg. Sold to Cooper Investments. Sold in 2005 to Richard Ming Chang and Tina Lee. Sold in 2020 to Richard M. and Lee T. Chang.


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1979 - The Rickert House, 10 Meadowlark Lane, Bridgehampton NY. The house was moved to the southern end of the property and restored. Sold to Aliki and Nicos Zogrophos. Sold in 2019 to Clover Road Holdings LLC.


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1979 - The Arthur Fischer House, Aspen CO. Unbuilt.


1980 - The Joel Stern House, 100 Further Lane, East Hampton NY. Status unknown.


1980 - The Richard and Thelma Florin House I, 72 Lawrence Court, Water Mill NY. Sold in 2016 to Matthew and Nicole Ammarati, who did an extensive restoration.


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1980 - The Leichter Apartment, New York NY. Status unknown.


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1980 - The Paul Loduca House, Sands Point NY. Commissioned 1979. Status unknown.


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1980 - The Harry Kosovsky House, Chatham MA. Unbuilt.


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1980 - The Arthur Fischer House, East Hampton NY. Status unknown.


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1980 - The Alan Golub House, 91 Sams Creek Road, Bridgehampton NY. Still owner as of 2019.


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1980 - The Marilyn Hillman House, 992 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton NY. Sold in 2021. Renovation planned with architect Michael Lamont. Featured in GA Houses 12.


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1980 - The Pierre and Dee Schoenheimer House, 77 Cross Highway, East Hampton NY. Sold in 1998 to Linda McCurdy/77 Cross Highway LLC. Refurbished in 2017. Sold in 2020 to Christopher Young and Perry Edwards.


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1980 - The Seligson House, 11 Stallion Trail, Greenwich CT. Sold in 2016 to Rajesh and Akta Menon.


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1981 - The Machiz House, 9 Hamptworth Drive, Kings Point NY. Sold in 2017 to Richard and Nazy Solomon.


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1981 - The Daniel and Noemi Mattis House, 299 Federal Heights Circle, Salt Lake City UT.


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1981 - The Kobachovitch House, Chicago IL. Status unknown.


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1982 - The Alan and Arlene Alda House, 210 Olivers Cove Lane, Water Mill NY. Commissioned 1978. The Aldas were very unhappy with the house, and the matter went to court. Things got worked out, and they've been there ever since.


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1982 - The Edward Cohen House, aka Xanadune, 380 Barons Lane, Southampton NY. Commissioned 1981. Sold to Frank Brunchhorst. Sold in 2002 to Joseph Edelman. Bottom two photos by Jake Rajs.


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1982 - The Matthew (Matt) Forte House, 131 Skunks Misery Road, Locust Valley NY. Sold to Brian James and Laura Raffa. Sold in 2017 to Christopher and Pascale Schmidt.


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1982 - The Marvin Leichter House, 39 Sams Creek Road, Water Mill NY. Sold in 1998 to Steve Rappaport and Judith Garson. Bottom photo by Timothy Godbold.


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1982 - The Pedone House, Southampton NY. Unbuilt.


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1983 - The Prager House and Cabana, Montauk NY. Commissioned 1980. Status unknown.


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1983 - The Mitchell Levy House, Alpine NJ.


1983 - The Melvin Arnold House, Southampton NY. Commissioned 1981. Possibly near Greenfield House. Status unknown.


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1983 - The Peter Cohen House, 73 Cross Highway, East Hampton NY. Sold in 2002 to Overbrook Real Properties. Was for rent in 2018.


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1983 - The Israel House, Bennett Point MD.


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1984 - The Bertram Turoff House, 23 Pine Tree Lane, Westhampton NY. Sold in 1995 to Richard Goldberg. Sold in 2010 to Andrew and Suzanne Goldberg.


1984 - 4 Seascape Lane, Quoque NY. 7850 sf. Sold to Lewis Sanders. Sold in 1999 to Katherine and Alan Trager. Sold in 2001 to John D. Miller. For sale in 2021 along with the vacant lot next door.


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1985 - The Selden House, South Centre Island Road, Centre Island NY. Status unknown.


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1985 - The Kroll House, Laurel Hollow NY. Status unknown.


1985 - The Martin and Patricia Raynes House, 170 Meadow Lane, Southampton NY. Commissioned 1981. In 1994, tennis star Vitas Gerulatis died in the pool house from exposure to carbon monoxide. Sold in 2000 to Jay Sugarman. Destroyed in 2003.


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1986 - The Amy and Van Greenfield House, 2170 Meadow Lane, Southampton NY. Sold in 2008 to Kandinsky Escape, LLC. Available for rent.


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1986 - The Norman Jaffe House III, aka Sea Farm, 635 Lumber Lane, Bridgehampton NY. The property was originally a single shingled structure, but over time, Jaffe had added several more buildings, all pinwheeling around the central pool. The main house is 4,000 square feet, and there are two studios, one for the artist husband and one for the writer wife. These are arranged around a simple rectangular swimming pool. Sold to Howard and Frieda Bloom. Sold in 2015 to Henry Conrad de Kwiatkowski, who commissioned architect Nick Martin to remodel and build an addition. The property consists of a complex of structures arranged around a central area with a simple pool and with several intimate outdoor rooms.


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1986 - The Punzi House, 5 Point Lane, Shelter Island Heights NY. Sold in 2001. Sold in 2007 to Robin C. Zost.


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1986 - The Widenor House, East Moriches NY. Commissioned 1985. Status unknown.


1986 - 210 Meadow Lane, Southampton NY. Sold to Lesley Kohl. Sold in 2005 to Mid-Summer Dream LLC. Sold in 2017 to Glenn and Claudine Nussdorf. Destroyed.


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1987 - The Russell and Uni Berrie House, aka Uniwood Estate, Englewood NJ. Commissioned 1985. Status unknown.


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1987 - The Ferrara House, Westhampton NY. Status unknown. Possibly Rocco and Sheila Ferrara, needs verification.


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1987 - The Ferrera House, West Hampton NY. Unbuilt.


1988 - The Gary Atherton House, 55 Melanie Lane, Atherton CA. Commissioned 1984. Sold in 1994 to Catherine N. and Orion L. Hoch. Sold in 2020 to Melanie Lane LLC.


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1990 - The Richard and Thelma Florin House II, 50 Oak Bend Road, West Orange NJ. Sold in 2016 to Carlos Timiraos.


1990 - The Auyang House, 1981 Broadway Route 9W, West Park (Esopus) NY. For sale in 2021.


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1990 - The Rickert House, Vero Beach FL. Status unknown.


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1991 - The David Gerstein House, 460 Sagaponack Road, Sagaponack NY.


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1991 - The Hilltop House, 1545 Laurel Hollow Road, Syosset NY. Sold to David Klein. Sold in 2012 to Alan and Adrienne Henick.


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1991 - The Brian Cury Addition, Alpine NJ. Status unknown.


1992 - The Lawrence and Carol Ashinoff House, 1233 North Bay Shore Drive, Virginia Beach VA. Commissioned in 1984 and took years to build as neighbors repeatedly lobbied to stop construction.


1993 - 565 Fifth Avenue, New York NY.


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1993 - The Sullivan House, Southampton NY.


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1993 - The Isenberg House, Southampton NY.


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1993 - The Roslin House, 1880 Meadow Lane, Southampton NY. Commissioned 1989. Built by David Webb. Sold to James Nederlander. Leased in 2007 to shock jock Howard Stern and his wife Beth while their house was being built.


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1993 - The Leeser House, Irvington NY. Likely unbuilt.


1993 - The Donald and Ellen Kreindler House, 61 Sams Creek, Water Mill NY. Jaffe did an addition later. Status unknown.


1996 - The Albert and Neda Young House, 53 Ferry Road, Sag Harbor NY. Commissioned 1993.


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Year unknown - The John Taylor House, Princetown NY.


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Year unknown - The Werson House, Stowe VT. Likely unbuilt.


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Year unknown - The McCrae House, Mohnton PA. Likely unbuilt.


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Year unknown - The Mike Trokely Renovation, Bridgehampton NY. Likely unbuilt.


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Year unknown - The Erol Becker or Bebker House, Greenwich CT. Likely unbuilt.


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Year unknown - The Howard Stone House, Toronto, Canada. Likely unbuilt.


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Year unknown - The Sinha House, Sands Point NY. Likely unbuilt.


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Year unknown - The Howard Barron House, Bridgehampton NY. Likely unbuilt.


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Year unknown - The Perkins House, Woodside CA. Likely unbuilt.


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Year unknown - The Driscoll House, Quisett MA. Likely unbuilt.


Sources include: The Norman Jaffe Architectural Papers and Records at Columbia University; Son Miles Jaffe's site.