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GEORGE NEMENY, FAIA (1911-1997)

Nemeny was a native of Budapest and established himself as an architect in New York City after his graduation from Cornell in 1934. He won his first award in 1935 — a Gold Medal in the American Academy in Rome Competition — and went on to generate contemporary architecture in this country. For the next 40 years, until his retirement in the mid- 1970s, he practiced his profession in and around New York City. He worked both alone and with Modernist Abraham W. Geller. Over the years he taught architectural design at Yale and Columbia and as a visiting critic at Cornell. His striking, airy residential designs led to his selection as one of the country's 10 leading architects by the American Institute of Architects in 1957, 1963, and 1964. A house he designed in Kings Point NY appeared in the 1968 movie For Love of Ivy. Nemeny is survived by two daughters, Laurie Estep of San Diego, and Patricia Berman of Great Neck NY.

Geller's papers are at Columbia. We're looking for Nemeny's archives.

Past employees include Debora Reiser, Richard Henderson, Victor Christ-Janer, and Charles Gwathmey. Bio adapted from the New York Times.


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


1945 - The George Nemeny and Abraham Geller Houses, Long Beach NY. Designed by Abraham Geller. They were published. 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. 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 Rosen House, New Rochelle NY. Published in Architectural Forum, October 1951. Designed with Abraham Geller. Photos by Ezra Stoller. Status unknown.


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.


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1952 - The Jack Diamond House, Hewlett Neck/Woodmere NY. Photos by Ezra Stoller. Featured in Architectural Record, July 1952. Designed with Abraham Geller. Status unknown.


1952 - Along Five Mile River, Fillow Street and Geneva Road, West Norwalk CT. Built for the President of the Burndy Corporation. Status unknown.


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


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


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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. 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 Blair House, Kings Point NY. 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 - The Bayberry House, 44 Old Country Road, New Rochelle NY. Sold to Elizabeth Jacobs Kaplow. Sold in 1998 to Robert Seitz. Sold in 2010 to Remi and Danielle Ponsonnet.


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


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


1958 - The Mike Castello House, Kings Point NY. Status unknown.


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1959 - The Marshall P. and Gladys Safir House, Kings Point NY. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1963; AIA Journal, May 1963; won a 1963 national AIA award. Project architects, Debora Reiser and Richard Henderson. Engineer, Edward S. Klausner; lighting, Edward Simpson; landscape design, J. J. Levinson; interiors, Evelyn Jablow; photos by Ezra Stoller. Status unknown.


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. 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 House, Mt. Kisco NY. 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. Project architects, Debora Reiser and Richard Henderson.


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1967 - The Lombard House, 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; photos by Ezra Stoller; built by Fetzer Atwater; interiors, H. Clifford Burroughs. Status unknown.


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.


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1968 - The Billy and Betsy Bell House, Sands Point NY. 3200sf. Project architects, Debora Reiser, Richard Henderson. Featured in House and Home, November 1968. Photos by Ezra Stoller. For sale in 1975. Status unknown.


1968 - The John and Carol Johnston House, Locust Valley NY. Project architects, Debora Reiser, Richard Henderson. Photos by Ezra Stoller. Featured in House and Garden. Status unknown.


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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 Horseshoe Road, Mill Neck NY. Street was originally Serena Horseshoe Road. House was originally 3100 sf, now 7200. Sold to Gail Liss. Status unknown.


1972 - The Smith House, New York NY. Featured in House Beautiful, December 1972. Project architect, Debora Reiser. Photos by Maris/Semel. Status unknown.


Sources include: Architectural Record; Long Island Modernism by Caroline Zaleski.