December 5, 2005
The developer and entrepreneur Harry
Joe Brown Jr., known to many by the nickname Coco,
died November 23 at age 71 from complications related to prostate
cancer. In recent years, Browns development firm, The
Brown Companies, hired star architects to design Modernist
vacation homes in Sagaponac, near the Hamptons in New York.
The 56-acre Houses
at Sagaponac development was announced [RECORD, April
2001, pp27-28] shortly after Browns friend, Richard
Meier, FAIA, assisted him in selecting the homes architects.
Of the 34 homes planned, three designed by Hariri & Hariri,
Annabelle Selldorf, AIA, and Henry Cobb, FAIA, are now complete.
Construction is underway on homes by Stan Allen, AIA, Smith-Miller
& Hawkinson, Tsao & McKown, and Stephen Kanner, FAIA.
A representative for The Brown Companies said the development
company is committed to building all 34 of the homes.