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GEORGE NEMENY, FAIA (1911-1997)

Nemeny was a native of Budapest.  Born into a Jewish family, where his father was an architect, according to daughter Patricia he emigrated to the US using his dead brother's passport. Nemeny graduated from Cornell in architecture in 1934 and moved to New York City. He won his first award in 1935 — a Gold Medal in the American Academy in Rome Competition. He worked both alone and with Abraham Geller. Over the years he taught architectural design at Yale and Columbia and as a visiting critic at Cornell. His striking, airy residential designs had him named as one of the country's 10 leading architects by the AIA in 1957, 1963, and 1964. As of around 1967, he had designed about 82 houses.

Nemeny taught at Yale in 1948 and was a visiting critic at Cornell 1957-1959.  He retired in the mid 1970's.  He had two daughters, Laurie Estep of San Diego and Patricia Berman of Great Neck NY. Past employees include Debora Reiser, Richard Henderson, Victor Christ-Janer, and Charles Gwathmey. Bio adapted from the New York Times.


Around 1939 - 150 housing units, Norwalk CT.  Status unknown.


Around 1939 - 80 housing units, Elmhurst NY.  Status unknown.


Around 1940 - aka the Alpine Woods Remodel, aka Small Country House, somewhere in NY. According to Debora Reiser, this was Nemeny's graduate school project. Published in Progressive Architecture, February 1946. Status unknown.


1941 - 185 units of row houses, Bronx NY.  Commissioned around 1938. Status unknown. 


1945 - The George Nemeny and Abraham Geller Houses, Long Beach NY. Designed with Abraham Geller. They were published. Debora Reiser went to see them as a student. Status unknown.


Around 1946 - The Long Beach Housing Project, aka Trilevel House, Long Beach CA. Featured in Architectural Forum, October 1946.  Designed with Abraham Geller; photos by Ezra Stoller. Built by Gordon Roth.  Status unknown.


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1947 - The H. Thomas and Betty Van Campen Uskurait House, 210 Upland Road, Williamsport PA. Has been modified. Sold in 2018 to Dylan Wooden and Rachel Stuart.


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1948 - The Ezra Stoller House, 16 Kirby Lane North, Rye NY. Designed by Abraham Geller. Sold to Charles and Judith Gartman. Sold in 1996 to William and Virginia Waters. Sold to Beomha Jee. Sold in 2005 to Maria Tinedo. Sold in 2020 to Andrea Halim and Theodore Long. Has been remodeled.


1948 - Centennial Gardens Housing Project, 701 Onodaga Avenue, Syracuse NY. 126 units within 10 buildings and 6 garages.


1951 - The Bernard Applebaum House, Cedarhurst NY. Designed with Abraham Geller. Commissioned 1948. Published in Architectural Forum, October 1951. Photos by Ezra Stoller. Status unknown.


1951 - The Rita and Phil Rosen House, 75 Echo Bay Drive, New Rochelle NY. Published in Architectural Forum, October 1951. Designed with Abraham Geller. B/W photos by Ezra Stoller; color by Mark Vergari. Sold for the first time in 2017 to Saba Abolahriri.


1951 - The Morris Winograd House, 287 Fountain Road, Englewood NY. Designed with Abraham Geller. Featured in Architectural Forum, October 1951. Project architect, Debora Reiser. Landscape design, Bryan Lynch. Photos by Ezra Stoler. Still standing as of 2016.


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1951 - The Robert Morris Park Subdivision, Morristown NJ. 250 houses designed with Abraham Geller. Project architect, Debora Reiser; built by Edward Klausner; engineering by Edward Klausner. Featured in Architectural Forum, January 1951. Most were destroyed and replaced with multiple townhouses, except for along Maxwell Street and Erskine Drive.

1951 - 148 James Street, Morrisville NJ. Part of Morris Park Subdivision.

1951 - 42 Erskine Drive, Morrisville NJ. Part of Morris Park Subdivision.

 

1953 - 25 Maxwell Court, Morrisville NJ. Part of Morris Park Subdivision.


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1952 - The Jack Diamond House, 108 Hewlett Neck Road, Woodmere NY. 3138 sf. Designed with Abraham Geller. B/W photos by Ezra Stoller. Featured in Architectural Record, July 1952. Sold in 2013 to Phillip and Edith Ritzenberg. For sale in 2022.


1952 - The Gregory Fried House, 37 Geneva Road, West Norwalk CT. Built for Nemeny's wife's brother. Has been remodeled and expanded. Sold several times.


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Around 1952 - The Morton G. and Eileen Mack House, North Newstead, South Orange NJ. Designed with Abraham Geller. Featured in Architectural Record, July 1952. Project architect, Debora Reiser. Status unknown.


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1953 - aka The Nemeny, off Merrick Road, Massapequa Park NY. Part of the Bar Harbor Development by Irving W. Chess and Nathan Siegel. Featured in the New York Times, 8/27/1953. Project architects, Debora Reiser and Richard Henderson. Ultimately, the only Modernist house in the development. Was sold. Featured in the New York Times. Status unknown.


1953 - The George and Patricia Nemeny House, 144 Arrandale Avenue, Kings Point NY. Featured in the New York Times, 3/11/1951. Sold in 1971 to George and Arlene Hollenberg. Sold in 1999 to Shahryar Baratian.


Around 1953 - The Lee and Mary Robinson Blair House, Great Neck, Kings Point NY. They both worked for Disney.  Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1957. Plus a separate studio building. Project architect Debora Reiser, Jack Freidin; photos by Ben Schnall. Built by Andrew Johnson. Status unknown.


1954 - Addition, Kings Point NY. Original architect, Raymond and Rado. 460 sf. Featured in House and Home, October 1954. Builder, Andrew Johnson. Status unknown.


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1955 - aka Bayberry House, 44 Old Country Road, New Rochelle NY. Won a 1956 House and Home award.  Sold to Elizabeth Jacobs Kaplow. Sold in 1998 to Robert Seitz. Sold in 2010 to Remi and Danielle Ponsonnet.


Around 1955 - aka The Woman's Home Companion House.  Developed for Prisant and Berman.  Published in Women's Home Companion, and later House and Home October 1955.  Some were built in Westchester County NY.  Status unknown.


1957 - The Lawrence House, Kings Point NY. Status unknown.


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Around 1957 - The Kaufman House, Harrison NY. Featured in House and Garden, January 1957. Landscape design, J. J. Levinson. Status unknown.


1958 - The Michael (Mike) Castello House, Kings Point NY. Featured in Architectural Record, August 1967. Status unknown.


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1961 - The Marshall P. and Gladys Safir House, 8 Soundview Lane, Kings Point NY. Commissioned 1959. Featured in Architectural Record September 1962; Architectural Record Houses of 1963; AIA Journal, May 1963; won a 1963 national AIA award. Project architects, Debora Reiser and Richard Henderson. Nemeny practically lived at the house with the family during construction. The house was a star in the 1968 movie For Love of Ivy with Sidney Poitier and Abbey Lincoln (bottom photo, with Nemeny). Engineer, Edward S. Klausner; lighting, Edward Simpson; landscape design, J. J. Levinson; interiors, Evelyn Jablow; photos by Ezra Stoller. According to son Peter Safir, the house was incredibly expensive to heat and cool ($1000/month) due to so much single-pane glass.  Sold around 1970 to Kalemian. Sold in 1971. Sold around 1980 to David S. and Sondra Mack, still owners as of 2020.


1960 - The Donald and Ruth Sheff House, Kings Point NY. Status unknown.


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1960 - The Ray Favata House, 15 Myrtle Avenue, Dobbs Ferry NY. Project architects, Debora Reiser and Richard Henderson; engineer, Edward Klausner. Featured in Architectural Record, March 1963. Won an AIANY design award. Detached studio added in the late 1960s, architect unknown. Sold in 1997 to Peter and Julia Shaida. Sold in 2016 to Andrea Korra and Thomas Andrews and renovated. For sale in 2021.


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1961 - The Mary and Joan Chanwick House, 20 Edgewood Avenue, Hastings-on-Hudson NY. Sold in 2020 to Jason and May Empson.


1964 - The Bernie Jacobson House, East Hampton NY. He owned a tennis club. Status unknown.


1965 - The Winslow House Renovation, 16 Sunset Road, Kings Point NY. Original house by McKim Mead and White. Sold in 1976.


Around 1965 - The Cavallero Addition, Mt. Kisco NY. Original house was Georgian. Project architects, Debora Reiser and Richard Henderson. Possibly featured in House and Home or Architectural Forum.


Around 1966 - The Bernard and Adele Siegel Renovation, Kings Point NY.


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1967 - The Charles and Jane Prussack House, 883 Keene Lane, Woodmere NY. Sold to Donald and Barbara Gelber. Sold in 2005 to Kenneth Lee. Has been altered, bottom photo. Featured in House and Garden, August 1968; Architectural Forum, April 1967; NYT Magazine, May 1967. Won an AIA First Honor Award.  Project architects, Debora Reiser and Richard Henderson.


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1967 - The Richard Lombard House, 280 Grace Church Street, Rye NY. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1967; and House and Home, July 1967. Project architects, Richard Henderson and Debora Reiser; engineer, Edward Klausner; B/W photos by Ezra Stoller; built by Fetzer Atwater; interiors, H. Clifford Burroughs. Sold to Scott and Joan Johnson.  Sold in 1994 to Christopher and Laura Baine.  Sold in 2011 to Bruno and Emmanuelle Vinciguerra.  Sold in 2018 to Diane and Stuart Martin.


Around 1967 - The Michael Costello House, Kings Point NY. Featured in Architectural Record, August 1967. Project architects, Debora Reiser, Richard Henderson; engineer, Edward Klausner; built by William Whaley. Photos by Ezra Stoller. Status unknown.





Around 1967 - The Frank Pagliaro Addition, Mt. Kisco NY.  Sold in 1999 to Bernard Selz.  Status unknown.  Won a Marble Institute of American Award.

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1968 - The William (Billy) and Betsy Bell House, 44 Sterling Lane, Sands Point NY. Port Washington. About 4 acres. 3200sf. Project architects, Debora Reiser, Richard Henderson. Featured in House and Home, November 1968. B/W photos by Ezra Stoller. For sale in 1975. Sold to Henry and Cathering Wu.  For sale in 2022.


1968 - The John and Carol Johnston House, 347 Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley NY. Long Island. Project architects, Debora Reiser, Richard Henderson. Photos by Ezra Stoller. Featured in House and Garden, February 1969.


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1971 - The Seymour and Lorraine Weinstein House, 11 Blue Sea Lane, Kings Point NY. Commisioned 1968. Has been published. Still in the Weinstein family as of 2020.


1972 - The Selig S. and Gladys Burrows House, 121 Horse Shoe Road, Mill Neck NY. Street was originally called Serena Horseshoe Road. House was originally 3100 sf, expanded to over 7200. Sold to Albert Panichia.  Deeded in 1994 to Josephine Panichia.  Sold in 2001 to Karl-Eric Johanson.  Sold in 2006 to Samuel and Gail Liss.


1972 - The Howard and Mardi Smith Renovation, 54 East 66th Street, New York NY. Original house built in 1877.  Featured in House Beautiful, December 1972. Project architect, Debora Reiser. Photos by Maris/Semel. Has been renovated, building divided into two units. For sale in 2022.


Sources include: Architectural Record; Long Island Modernism by Caroline Zaleski; Laurie Estep; Deborah Reiser.