Landscape and Structure Preservation: Glass House & Weir Farm
You'll learn about:
Understand the process and policy tools used to obtain perpetual protection for two iconic properties.
Learn about the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and tax incentives.
Explore the community benefits of historic structure and landscape preservation.
Understand the role of art and architectural assets in cross-generational education.
The approximately one-hour drive to Weir Farm will include a discussion about the legal tools used in historic, cultural and landscape preservation. Presentation materials will be provided. The remainder of the workshop will include a guided 75-minute and two-hour tour of Weir Farm and the Glass House, respectively.
Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. The artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. Today, with sixteen historic buildings and 60-acres of beautiful cultural landscape, these resources combine to tell the story of artists living and being inspired by the landscape at Weir Farm National Historic Site. See https://www.nps.gov/wefa/learn/historyculture/index.htm.
The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by famed architect Philip Johnson, is one of the nation’s greatest modern architectural landmarks. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House, the Glass House’s exterior walls are made of glass with no interior walls, a radical departure from houses of the time. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and houses a permanent collection of renowned 20th century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. See https://savingplaces.org/places/glass-house?gclid=CPaAor-Xls4CFcVahgodQZIM0w#.V5oYFPkrKUl and http://theglasshouse.org/explore/the-glass-house/