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The Most Interesting Architect in the World

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Who is Harry Gesner, the architect who designed all those mid-century boat houses in the Hills and Eagle Watch in Malibu? He is awesome: "the movie-star-handsome Mr. Gesner surfs and water-skis like a pro; he survived Normandy, though he nearly lost both legs; he audited architecture classes at Yale, turning down a chance to study with Frank Lloyd Wright, who admired his drawings; he tussled with leading men, like Marlon Brando and Errol Flynn, and fell in love with leading ladies, like a young June Lockhart; he raided tombs in Ecuador?" He's also the nephew of Jack Northrop, the aircraft designer, retrofitted a Mercedes with an electric engine, and holds multiple patents on turning solid waste into fuel. [NYT]