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Glass House Readings with Phyllis Lambert + Mark Lamster, Sunday, October 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Glass House


Philip Johnson, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Phyllis Lambert in front of an image of the model for the Seagram building, New York, 1955. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/2 × 9 3/8 in. Photographer unknown. Fonds Phyllis Lambert, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. © United Press International.


Co-hosted by The New Canaan Library at The Glass House

Phyllis Lambert will read from her new book, Building Seagram

Sunday, October 27, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Glass House Readings brings notable authors and intellectuals to the Glass House to read from a new work. The guest author and audience will also walk the site and enjoy refreshments. Visitors begin and end at the Glass House Visitor Center, located at 199 Elm Street directly across from the New Canaan train station. Space is limited; reservations are required. Tickets $75.00, price includes admission and a signed copy of Building Seagram.

Architect, photographer, lecturer, historian and critic of architecture and urbanism, Phyllis Lambert is Founding Director and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) in Montreal. Lambert first made architectural history as the Director of Planning of the Seagram Building in New York (1954-58). She is recognized internationally for her contribution in advancing contemporary architecture, together with for her concern for the social issues of urban conservation and the role of architecture in the public realm. Lambert has pioneered and contributed to publications on photography and architecture, architecture and landscape, conservation, and the urban history of Montreal. Recently published, Building Seagram is a cultural history of architecture, art, urban regulations and real estate, as well as conservation and stewardship in New York City, 1950-2000.

Mark Lamster

Mark Lamster

Mark Lamster is the architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News and associate professor in the architecture school at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is currently at work on a biography of Philip Johnson, to be published by Little Brown. A contributing editor to Architectural Review and Design Observer, his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many national magazines.

For more than a decade, Lamster served as an editor at Princeton Architectural Press, in New York. Prior to that, he was an editor at George Braziller, the distinguished publisher of illustrated books. He is the author of numerous books, including Master of Shadows (2009), a political biography of the painter Peter Paul Rubens, and Spalding’s World Tour(2006), the story of a group of all-star baseball players who circled the globe in the 19th century. His research papers from that book are available at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown. He holds degrees from Johns Hopkins and Tufts universities.

For tickets please visit or call the Glass House

199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT  06840 | Phone: 203.594.9884


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New Program – Glass House Readings


Thursday, June 13,
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


Christopher Rawlins will discuss the Modernist architecture of Fire Island and the construction of gay domestic space as explored in his new book Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction.

The new Glass House Readings program will bring notable authors and intellectuals to the Glass House to discuss a new work with a small group of visitors after touring the site. Presented in partnership with the New Canaan Library.

Learn more and buy tickets now!

Christopher Rawlins is an architect, a writer, and principal of Rawlins Design, a New York-based  architecture and interiors firm whose projects include new beach houses and midcentury modernist restorations, as well as retail environments in North America, Europe, and Asia. His work has been published in Interior Design, Metropolis, the New York Times, Wallpaper*, and Modernism. He is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Princeton University. Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction is his first book.

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Glass House Readings presented in partnership with the New Canaan Library


Glass House Readings brings notable authors and intellectuals to the Glass House to read from a new work. The guest author and audience will also walk the site and enjoy a light reception.

The Glass House. Visitors begin and end at the Glass House Visitor Center, located at 199 Elm Street directly across from the New Canaan train station.  Tickets $75 per person. Space is limited; reservations are required and can be made through the Glass House website

The Glass House Readings series is presented in partnership with the New Canaan Library.  Watch for our joint lecture series that will take place at the Library in the winter months.

472Postponed: Daniel Mendelsohn, award-winning writer, critic, translator, and author of the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million will read from his forthcoming book, An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic, to be published in 2014 by Alfred A. Knopf.

Mendelsohn’s book tells the story of a father and son wrapped around a retelling of Homer’s epic, entwining meditations on the Odyssey with an account of the year he spent reading The Odyssey with his late father — a year that culminated in their recreating the voyage of Odysseus at sea.

Thursday, June 13, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
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Christopher Rawlins will read from his book, Fire Island Modernist: Horace Gifford and the Architecture of Seduction. He is the founder of Rawlins Design Inc. and winner of numerous design competitions.


About the Glass House Built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, the Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The tour season runs from May to November and advance reservations are required. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future.

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Message From The Director

January 9, 2011

Happy New Year!

I write as air finally chills with winter, although the ground remains resolutely brown, denying the season its romance.  The Glass House site is closed to the public until May 2nd.  However, the staff is hard at work with many off-season projects.

Here is a look at how we spend the winter: Read the rest of this entry »

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Authors on Stage with Dietrich Neumann

The Structure of Light

Co-sponsored by the Glass House +
New Canaan Library
Sunday, December 11, 3:00pm-5:00pm

Lecture followed by book-signing.
Free and open to the public.

Dietrich Neumann will lead a discussion of his book, The Structure of Light: Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture at the New Canaan Library. The Structure of Light tells the story of the career of Richard Kelly, the field’s most influential figure and lighting designer of the Philip Johnson Glass House. The potential of electric light as a new building “material” was recognized in the 1920s and became a useful design tool by the mid-century. The Structure of Light is the first book to focus on the contributions of Kelly, a master in the field of architectural lighting. This fascinating volume celebrates the practice’s significance in modern design. Click here to register now.

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