Thank you for your generous support of The Glass House over the past few seasons. In the last year, we continued to engage a local and global audience through exciting online programs and exhibitions. This fall, Robert Stadler: Playdate activated multiple locations including the Glass House, Sculpture Gallery, Da Monsta, and the landscape. The scope of David Hartt’s A Colored Garden expanded to include a series of still-life paintings by Charles Ethan Porter, a film by Hartt, and an on-site performance with MacArthur Award-winning cellist Tomeka Reid.
Glass House programs and events are a gathering place for creative and influential minds offering leaders in their fields the chance to discuss current and pressing issues such as sustainability, preservation, and social justice through the lens of art and design. After several years absence, we returned to an in-person format for our signature fundraiser, the Summer Party. The gala debuted a groundbreaking edition by Mickalene Thomas, and our annual benefit auction featured over 100 works by artists from around the world.
Your support this year enabled us to maintain the Studio and Da Monsta, and to undertake critical landscape conservation of our 49-acre site. Preservation is key to our mission. In 2023, we are excited to share that we will kick off Phase 1 of the Brick House restoration. We are still raising funds to complete Phase II and III of the project. But we are closer than ever! This will be our most significant preservation project to date.
With your support, we have been able to accomplish a lot, but there is much more to do, including conservation of our permanent collection. Please help us continue our crucial work by making a fully tax-deductible gift or join us as a Member today!
Active Preservation Campaign – The Brick House Restoration Fund
Designed as part of the original composition of the site by Philip Johnson in 1949, the Brick House serves as a counterpoint to the transparency of the Glass House and is integral to the understanding of the Glass House campus. Unfortunately, the Brick House has been closed since 2008 due to water damage. Marking our largest and most complex restoration to date, we have divided the project into three phases. Your contribution will bring us that much closer to re-opening the Brick House. Please consider a donation today in support of our preservation work.
While the exterior envelope is in good condition, the building has suffered from high levels of moisture due to poor site drainage, inadequate foundation waterproofing, breaches in the main roof and flashing as well as a lack of an interior ventilation system. This has resulted in mold affecting the windows, doors, interior finishes and collections, including the silk wall coverings, textiles, furniture, artwork and books.
The Brick House Restoration Project includes exterior and interior restoration of the building, conservation of the interior finishes and collections, and mechanical upgrades and improvements. The scope of work also includes site drainage improvements appropriate to the landscape of the site.
If you would like to speak with a member of the Glass House staff regarding your donation, please contact Scott Drevnig, Deputy Director, at 203-978-3005, or SDrevnig@theglasshouse.org.
The Glass House is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest amount allowable by law.