Anne Truitt in the Hallway.


"In the dining room is an Alfred Jensen work exploring the mystery of numbers, left to the Gerstins in the Danish painter’s estate after their visit to his studio in New Jersey.

A minimalist striped sculpture by Anne Truitt and sculptures by Tom Otterness are visible from inside the dining room."

Marvin Gerstin points out that “the positions for the major pieces were determined before the apartment was completed…Mary Drysdale designed around the collection.” That meant creating walls big enough for the larger works, cutting doorways where none existed and building an eight-inch alcove to keep a wall-size painting “from protruding into a traffic lane.”

Furnishings have changed little over the years. The dining table was custom-designed for the space, which includes a minimalist striped sculpture by Anne Truitt. A set of 1960s-era Warren Platner wire stools and table from Knoll in the living room and a Hans Wegner chair in the guest room reflect the couple’s continuing taste for modernism and determination not to upstage the art. “We changed furniture every five years, antiques, English,” Florence Gerstin recalls of their previous life in a Bethesda house.

“When we got to modern,

we found it was the easiest to live with.”