Phyllis Lambert, founding director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, will discuss her new book, Building Seagram, in conversation with Anyone Corporation director and editor Cynthia Davidson, exploring the Seagram’s history in the context of New York’s urban development and the forces that continue to shape the city’s streetscape and skyline.
conversation: Phyllis LAMBERT & Cynthia DAVIDSON on Building Seagram
7.00pm / Van Alen Books
30 W 22nd St.
New York, New York 10010
This comprehensive personal and scholarly history chronicles how at 27, Phyllis Lambert, daughter of Seagram founder Samuel Bronfman, took over the search for an architect to build a New York corporate headquarters and chose Mies van der Rohe, resulting in an iconic modern landmark. Designed with Philip Johnson, the 38-story tower also established Lambert as a leading architectural patron and played a substantial role in shaping landmark legislation and zoning laws in New York City. Lambert makes use of previously unpublished personal archives, company correspondence, and photographs to tell an insider’s view of the debates and dramas of the building’s construction, as well as its crucial role in the history of modern art and architectural culture.