Nathan Seely was one of the first African American homebuilders in New York.  He was the architect of the famed Skinny House built in Mamaroneck during the Great Depression.

Nathan established Seely Bros Inc in 1925 with his brother, Willard, and together they would build a successful construction company in Mamaroneck... until they had the carpet yanked out from under them. This is his untold story....
By Julie L Seely

The Author

Dr. Julie Seely is the granddaughter of Nathan Seely. She is a physician,  author and screenwriter. Her 2011 Skinny House screenplay was short-listed at the New York Gotham Screen International Film Festival

News & Events

The Skinny House has been placed on the National Registry of Historic Places! [May 18th, 2015]

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The Skinny House Book is now available for purchase on our Amazon page.




“A great read for historians that will also appeal to anyone who enjoys a first-rate family saga.”

– Kirkus Reviews

“Readers who might have anticipated a narrow vision from this narrow little house’s life history receive instead a sweeping saga of various social, economic, and family psychological issues that make for thoroughly engrossing, thought-provoking reading.”

– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

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