Norman Jaffe was a prolific architect who pioneered many aspects of modern architectural design. Jaffe’s unique designs are known for sloping roof lines and rustic stone. The homes he designed seem to blend into the natural landscape. Jaffe is considered a pioneer of modern architecture. He was known to use natural materials and passive solar power. Over his career, Jaffe designed over 600 buildings. Most notably, Jaffe designed many beach houses in the Hamptons of New York. He also designed office buildings restaurants and, notably, a Synagogue. During his lifetime, Jaffe contributed his designs to charitable causes.
Born in Chicago on April 3, 1932, Norman Jaffe was the son of poor Eastern European immigrants. After high school, he served in the army for 2 years. He began studying architecture at the University of Illinois and completed his Bachelor’s degree at the University of California at Berkley. He went on to study at the Art Student League of New York and the Art Institute of Chicago. Jaffe worked for several architectural firms including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, one of the largest firms in the world.
In the early 1970’s, Norman Jaffe opened his own architectural practice in Bridgehampton, New York. Visiting the Hamptons many times during the 1960’s, Jaffe was inspired by the landscape and views of what would become a luxurious retreat for New Yorkers yet has retained its quaint small beach town feel. It was in the Hamptons, that Jaffe designed more than 50 beach homes from small cottages to large estates. In 1977, Jaffe received accolades for his design of the Gates of the Grove Synagogue in the Hamptons. He continued to receive accolades and awards for his design projects, and was inducted into the American Institute of Architects in 1991. He received up to $500,000 for his designs.
Norman Jaffe married twice and had 3 sons. His first wife, Barbara died in 1965 in an automobile accident. He raised their son Myles. Jaffe married Sarah Stahl in 1986 and they had 2 sons. Norman Jaffe died in August 1993. He drowned while swimming alone off a Bridgehampton beach. One of his last projects was an office building on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan which was praised for the way it blended into the city landscape yet was unique. Today, Norman Jaffe homes are popular and many are worth well over a million dollars.
Here are the top 5 home designs by Norman Jaffe.
Meadow Lane Home, Bridgehampton
This Norman Jaffe home was custom designed and built in 1979. Its classic modern architecture is timeless. The 21,000 square foot home is nestled into a sand dune with a path to the beach. At $24 million, the home has amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean. The angular roof line provides privacy. California Redwood was used in the home’s interior which features a cathedral ceiling in the open living area. There are fire places in the reception area and in the master bedroom. Teak wood is used in the master bathroom to give the space a nautical feel. The kitchen opens to an Oceanside sundeck. The home has a large pool and a separate pool house with a full kitchen and a stone patio. The landscaping surrounding the home has naturally grown providing beautiful gardens and shade trees.
Sam’s Creek Contemporary, Bridgehampton
Nestled on an acre in the quiet town of Bridgehampton, this Norman Jaffe home is worth nearly $9 million. It is the perfect example of Norman Jaffe’s home designs. It is contemporary and rustic. Its roof lines are defined, and it features floor to ceiling windows to let natural light into the home and provide panoramic views of the Bridgehampton landscape. The home has a large stone fireplace and interior natural stone walls contrasting with white walls. The rooms are spacious. The large kitchen is the center of the home with a large center island and marble counters. An outdoor terrace incorporates levels that overlook the pool and waterfall.
Jaffe Family Residence, Bridgehampton
One of the last designs before Norman Jaffe’s death, his widow, Sarah, lived in the home until 2001. The 4,000 square foot home has 4 bedrooms, a guest house, a pool, gardens and a greenhouse. For $4.25 million, the home is just one of 2 Jaffe residences in Bridgehampton. The other home was built in the 1970’s and is rented out. This home has Jaffe’s trademark high wood planked ceilings and slate floors. The rooms are spacious, modern and receive natural light through the windows. The guest house has 1 bedroom. Thee pool is inviting yet private. The landscaping is lush and blends in with the home. A courtyard garden creates a peaceful spot.
Laurel Hollow, Hamptons
Designed in the mid 1980’s, this home in Laurel Hollow was built in 1991. After being owned by one family, the home was sold at auction in 2012 for over $1 million. The 3 bedroom, 4000 square foot home features state of the art materials and Norman Jaffe’s modern design that makes it blend into the landscape. The home has a cobblestone courtyard and a 60 foot pool. The 2 car garage has elevator access. A guest house has a bedroom, kitchenette, living area and an exercise studio.
This Norman Jaffe design is comfortable and rustic. The clapboard exterior offers a quaint home with modern designs incorporated. The 4000 square foot home blends into its 1.10 acre wooded lot. The home has 3 bedrooms and 4 full bathrooms. The windows are designed to bring the natural light indoors. The interior features a high sloped wood ceiling and contemporary, sophisticated designs. This home has an outdoor heated Gunite pool located in the courtyard. The pool is bordered by a spacious pool deck and a 2 room separate pool house.