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Events January 2010


Living in a Glass House: Preservation of Pierre Chareau's Maison de Verre

January 28, 2010

The current owner of the Maison de Verre (1932), Robert Rubin, will be giving a talk at the Center for Architecture about his experiences restoring one of Paris’s most celebrated early Modern landmarks. Designed by Pierre Chareau to serve dual functions of home and medical office for his client, a gynecologist, Maison de Verre embodies Modernism’s fixation with functionality incorporating movable partitions, interlocking forms, and custom-designed hardware. In 2006 retired Wall Street banker Robert Rubin, who is now a doctoral candidate and teaching fellow in the architecture program at Columbia University, purchased the home from the late doctor’s family and embarked on a careful restoration which sought to leave untouched the patina of its age.

January 28, 6:00–8:00pm

AIANY Center for Architecture

536 LaGuardia Place

From La Maison de Verre published by Thames & Hudson
Photo: Francois Halard


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