Cool Bookish Places

Cool Bookish Places: The Strick House

Last week, famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer died at the damn-nice-run age of 104. Niemeyer, a left-winger of some repute, had a hard time getting commissions in mid-Century America, and so only designed one house here, but it has some solid literary bona fides.

First, the house was designed for director Joseph Strick, who was best known for his 1967 film adaptation of Ulysses, though he also made movie versions of Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer and Joyce’s second most famous novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

Second, in a move logophiles will appreciate, the house was designed entirely by letter: Niemeyer never visited the site before, during, or after construction; his communication with Joseph Strick and his wife Anne occurred only through the mail.

Third, man, some nice bookshelves, including a porthole door through a bookshelf wall and a two-story floor-to-ceiling wall of books.

niemeyer library

neiemeyer porthole

niemeyere exterior

Images via Architectural Digest