It is my distinct pleasure to be the guest speaker on behalf of the JMKA|architects’ Discussion Series at the Westport Historical Society. As the Executive Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s landmark Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT, l am charged with preserving and restoring the 14 structures on 49 landscaped acres and our permanent 20th century museum quality art collection.
The four principal structures are more than 45 years old. Significant effort and money is being expended and will continue to be expended on preservation and restoration across the Glass House campus. Over the last few years, we replaced the roof on the Painting Gallery, dredged the pond and completed a number of lesser projects. We recently embarked upon a complete restoration of the Sculpture Gallery. Upon its completion, the Sculpture Gallery will again reflect the incredible architecture and visual effects Johnson saw and loved in Greece.
This project, and others to come, are essential to continuing this truly unique American landmark’s role as a canvas for inspiration and experimentation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson (1906-2005) and David Whitney (1939-2005).
I am grateful to Jeff Kaufman and JMKA|architects, the Westport Historical Society as well as sponsors New Perspective Cabinetry, Tallman Segerson Builders and Shoreline Painting for having me as their speaker.