Harry Gesner

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Harry Gesner
Born Harold Gesner
(1925-04-28) April 28, 1925 (age 93)
California, United States
Occupation Architect
Years active 1947-present
Spouse(s) Nan Martin, 19-201070 (her death)
Children 3

Harold "Harry" Gesner (born April 28 ,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 the US Army during World War II[2], Gesner is a self-taught architect.

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.[3][4]


Gesner is the Widower of 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.[5]