In the mid-1930s, John Nicholas and Anne Brown commissioned Richard Neutra, the great Vienna-born architect, to design a summer house for them on Fishers Island, New York. Completed in 1938, Windshield (named for its large expanses of glass) was the ﬁrst house Neutra built on the East Coast. A striking example of International Style architecture that featured many modern innovations, the house was severely damaged by a hurricane only weeks after its completion. The Browns rebuilt the house and continued to occupy it until 1959; it was destroyed by ﬁre in 1973.
This engaging publication, written by prominent scholars of contemporary architecture and design, is the ﬁrst to focus on the collaborative design process for Windshield, as revealed by the extensive Brown-Neutra correspondence, as well as on the house’s place within modern American architecture.
This book accompanied an exhibition at the Harvard Art Museums and the Museum of Art of the Rhode Island School of Design.
Dietrich Neumann is a professor of history of art and architecture at Brown University.