BARBARA (BOBBIE) GOLDBERG NESKI, FAIA (1928-)
Neski grew up in Highland Park NJ. She received her undergraduate degree from Bennington College in 1949. During her third semester she became aware of the nearby Robinson House in Williamstown MA by Marcel Breuer and was inspired to pursue design. She received her Master of Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design under Walter Gropius, finishing the three-year program in two years. It was hard to be a woman in the almost exclusively male class. One of her professors, Hugh Stubbins, did not take her seriously and during desk crits would ignore her. According to Neski, when she confronted him about this years later, his response was "f*** you, lady."
In 1951 Neski worked for Victor Gruen and in 1952 José Lluis Sert where she met Julian Neski. They moved to Marcel Breuer's office in 1953 where she designed plans for a factory in Canada, the Gagarin House in Connecticut, and a library for Hunter College. They started their own firm around 1957 and designed over 35 houses, 25 of which were in the Hamptons. Barbara Neski taught at Pratt Institute between 1978 and 1992. She had two sons with Julian. Bio adapted from Wikipedia.
JULIAN JOSEPH NESKI, FAIA (1927-2004)
Julian Joseph Skrzynecki was born in Brooklyn NY, attending Stuyvesant High School and Vanderbilt University before enlisting in the Navy in 1945. His interests turned to architecture while he attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduating in 1950. He later changed his last name to Neski. It was while working in the New York office of Jose Luis Sert that he met his future wife and business partner, who had recently graduated from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard. They married in 1954 and started to work together in the office of Marcel Breuer. Julian was partner with Peter Blake from 1956-1960. In 1959, the Neskis collaborated on the American National Exhibition in Moscow with a team including Blake, Buckminster Fuller, and Charles and Ray Eames. Bio adapted from Wikipedia and the New York Times.
1962 - The Hertzberg House, 48 Old Pound Road, Pound Ridge NY. Commissioned in 1959. Designed with Peter Blake. Sold in 2004 to Old Pound LLC. Sold in 2007 to Diane Gershen. Sold in 2011 to Craig and Joanne Padawer.
1964 - The Seymour and Ronnie Chalif House, 28 Terbell Lane, East Hampton NY. Featured in Look magazine and Architectural Record. Exhibited at the World's Fair in Osaka, Japan. This house put the Neskis on the map. Addition in 1991. Deeded in 2013 to Martin Miller. Available for rent.
1965 - The Julian and Barbara Neski House, 75 Westminster Road, Water Mill NY. Sold in 2003 to Joseph Castaldo. Deeded in 2004 to Matthew Barlow. Deeded in 2009 to Daniel Gerrity and Yuriko Mita Gerrity. Sold in 2020 to Paul and Andrea Vizcarrando.
1965 - The Marion Levy Addition, 102 Russell Road, Princeton NJ. Unbuilt.
1968 - The Leonard and Ann Hamilton House, aka Scientist's House, 6 Childs Lane, Long Island, Setauket NY. B/W photos by Hans Namuth; structural engineer Stan Gleit. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1968; House & Home, November 1968. Deeded in 2020 to their children. Sold in 2021 to 6 Childs Lane LLC.
1968 - The Edward Gorman House, 28 Dune Hill Road, Amagansett NY. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1969; Architectural Record Vacation Houses of 1970. Built by John Weiss; photos by William Maris. Sold to Harvey and Arline Weston. Sold in 2000 to Andrew Feldman.
1970 - The John and Millie Cates House, 39 Waters Edge, Amagansett NY. Inhabited by three psychoanalysts: a woman, her husband, and her ex. At some point, a preservation easement was put on the house to prevent it from being destroyed. Sold to Mary Stone. Sold around 2013 to Watersedge LLC. There has been an addition.
1970 - The Robert and Hannah Sabel House I, 196 Little Noyack Path, Water Mill NY. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1971. Structural engineer, Stanley Gleit; built by Harry Wilde. Sold in 2018 to Marc and Suzanne Payot. Renovated in 2022.
1970 - The Bruce Kaplan House, 119 Sandune Court, Sagaponack NY. Sold to Krumholz 119 Sandune LLC, owned by Krumholz Realty Management.
1971 - The Stephen Kaplan House, 111 Skimhampton Road, Amagansett NY. Engineer, Stanley Gleit; photos, Bill Maris; built by Peter Wazslo. Featured in Architectural Record Houses of 1972; Architectural Record Vacation Houses of 1977. 1993 addition, bottom two photos, designed by Bruce Nagel. Deeded to Patricia Kaplan.
1982 - The William M. and Katherine Batten House I, Oyster Bay NY. Had an indoor pool, which he liked and she did not. He was CEO of JC Penney and later of the NY stock exchange. Status unknown.
1972 - The Peter Noel Simon House, 4 Nickerson Lane, Remensberg NY. Photo by Bill Maris. Built by Vern and Ben Warner; structural, Stanley Gleit. Featured in Architectural Record Houses 1973 and Architectural Record Vacation Houses 1977. Sold in 1999. Destroyed and replaced by a traditional mansion.
1972 - The Robert and Hannah Sabel House II, Sagaponack NY. Status unknown.
1973 - The Tivoli Towers Housing Complex, 49 Crown Street, Brooklyn NY. 33 stories, 320 units.
Around 1974 - The Alan and Brigette Frisch House, 158 Cooper Hill Road, Ashley Falls MA. 100 acres. Built by Joseph Maloney; structural, Robert Silman; photos by Norman McGrath. Featured in Architectural Record Houses 1975; Architectural Record Vacation Houses 1977. Still owned by the Frisch family as of 2020.
1978 - The Goodman House, Sagaponack NY. Status unknown.
1979 - The Marvin and Loes Schiller House, Amagansett NY. Could also be Fire Island. Status unknown.
1982 - The Marc and Judith Savage House, 43 Timber Trail, Amagansett NY. Commissioned in 1978. Sold in 1994 to Scott and Kathy Formby. Featured in: GA Houses 13; DWELL, July 2007.
1982 - The Richard and Maria Chiaraviglio House, 26 Timber Trail, Amagansett NY. Engineer, Robert Silman; built by Lynch LaFountain and Sons; photos by Norman McGrath. Featured in Architectural Record Houses 1982; GA Houses 13. Sold in 2015 to Norman Gretzinger.
1982 - The William and Katherine Batten House II, Glen Cove NY. Status unknown.
1981 - The Leonard and Louise Radin Apartment Renovation, aka New York Apartment Renovation, East 86th Street, New York NY. Featured in Interior Design, October 1984. Status unknown.
Around 1998 - The Stan Margolis and Esther Fisher Renovation, Amagansett NY.
Year unknown - The Diane Englander-Underberg Apartment Renovation, 50 Riverside Drive, New York NY.
Year unknown - The Grobo and Patricia Saboysky House.
Year unknown - The Curt Chaplin Apartment Renovation, 315 East 68th Street, New York NY.
Sources include: Barbara Neski, Architectural Record; Weekend Utopia by Alistair Gordon.