Harry Gesner

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Harry Gesner (born 1925) is an influential California architect.

Born and raised in Southern California, his designs are found in locations including Malibu and the Getty Museum. [1] Following service in World War II, Gesner studied architecture at Yale.

Gesner became internationally known for his visionary style. His Wave House (1957) was an inspiration for the Sydney Opera House by Danish architect Jørn Utzon.[2][3]


Gesner is married to the actress, Nan Martin. They have three children: Tara Tanzer-Cartwright (Teacher), Jason Gesner (Hydroelectric Manager), and Zen Gesner (Actor). Gesner is a nephew of the aircraft designer Jack Northrop. [4]


  1. ^ "Houses of the Sundown Sea". Amazon. 
  2. ^ Vanity Fair
  3. ^ Malibu Mag
  4. ^ "The Architect Harry Gesner, Still Riding That Wave". New York Times.