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Inspired by the book "Lair: Radical Homes and Hideouts of Movie Villains," by Chad Oppenheim and Andrea Gollin, CNN’s Jacqui Palumbo in a review article, asks the question “Why do bad guys live in good houses?” Modernist architectural styles are not always cozy, and neither are villains.... MORE

Photo courtesy of and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

New Haven city officials and Ikea have both been working together over the years to preserve the building, and, recently, developer Bruce Becker of 360 State Building purchased the building for $1.2 million. In a statement to the New Haven Independent, Becker said, "The Pirelli Building is one of the most architecturally significant mid-century modern buildings in the United States and has the potential to be preserved and transformed into a net-zero energy boutique hotel and conference center.” If developed as planned, a new hotel will have up to 165 rooms.... MORE

Pirelli Tire Building before and after partial demolition by IKEA. Top photo ©Robert Narracci, bottom photo ©Ty Cole.

The Glass House opens for tours April 16. The 2020 season has been extended by one month and will now run through mid-December. Tickets for a range of tours throughout the site are available online now. Don’t delay, the weekends have a tendency to sell out.... MORE

Photo: Erik Johnson