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Spring 2006 Forum Journal: Viewpoints

​ Table of Contents The Preservation and Restoration of Conscience by Ruth J. Abram Sustainability: The Ongoing Challenge for Historic Sites by Colin G. Campbell Advocacy for Heritage Sites by Fiona Reynolds Visionaries vs. Pragmatists: The Debate Over How to Interpret 20th-Century Icons...

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Indiana in Connecticut: The Glass House Installs Robert Indiana’s One Through Zero

By Hilary Lewis When I came on board as chief curator and creative director at the Glass House in January 2017, I determined that we should make every effort to exhibit artists who had strong ties to Philip Johnson and David Whitney as part of our 10th anniversary as a National Trust for...

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Organizing Exhibitions at the Glass House

By Irene Shum Although some preservationists may question the relevance and suitability of art exhibitions at historic sites, the temporary art exhibition program is as important for the Glass House (located in New Canaan, Connecticut) as brick-and-mortar preservation. The program supports...

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Restoration at the Glass House: Enhancing Performance, Maintaining Design Integrity

By Chelsea-Anne L. Harrington Completed in 1970, the Sculpture Gallery at The Glass House was built to display Philip Johnson’s sculpture collection, which includes works by prominent artists such as Frank Stella, Michael Heizer, and Robert Rauschenberg, to name only a few. The...

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Visionaries vs. Pragmatists:

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s house for Edith Farnsworth in Plano, Ill., completed in 1951, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House, completed in 1949, are linked in many ways. The obvious connections that scholars and critics have explored over the years concern architectural history. Johnson...


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Understanding the Insurance Needs of Preservation Construction Projects

Entryway to the Philip Johnson Glass House Painting Gallery, 1965. | Credit: Glass House Archives Successful preservation projects require a lot of planning and behind-the-scenes support before work at the site ever begins. The National Trust’s legal division plays a crucial...

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Collection In Situ: Repairing the Glass House Painting Gallery

By Irene Shum Allen Protection, storage, and mobilization plan for the Painting Gallery at the Glass House by Nicholson & Galloway. For more images view the slideshow at the end of the article. Millions of dollars in artwork, a failing roof membrane, 1,000-pound coping...

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Question of the Month: Sharing Stories

Each month, the Forum Reference Desk (FRD) fields questions from preservationists across the country, covering a wide variety of topics. Some of the questions are not actually questions at all—sometimes preservationists simply want to share their own stories with us. When these stories...

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