May 16, 2008
  DC’s Kreeger Museum Showcases Philip Johnson’s Later Works
The Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C., currently is holding an exhibition called “Philip Johnson: Architecture as Art,” which showcases the relationship between art and architecture as seen by Philip Johnson in his late works. Johnson also designed The Kreeger Museum, the private, nonprofit museum located in the former residence of Carmen and David Kreeger that holds their collection of 19th- and 20th-century painting, sculpture, and African art. The exhibition was curated by Hilary Lewis, a Philip Johnson scholar, and designed by New York-based Wendy Evans Joseph Architecture.

Art Deco Gem Sparkles Again
The historic Stoneleigh hotel in Dallas completes renovations
When its doors opened in 1923, Dallas’s $1.5 million Stoneleigh Hotel was the tallest luxury hotel west of the Mississippi. Designed by architect F.J. Woerner, the 11-story concrete, stone, terracotta, and brick structure was built in the Beaux Arts style. With its remarkable height and bold Art Deco interior by Dorothy Draper, the Stoneleigh quickly gained a reputation as a hotel of elegance and glamour and hosted famous guests who include Frank Lloyd Wright (although he reportedly described Draper as an “inferior desecrator”), Elvis Presley, Maria Callas, Bob Hope, Katherine Hepburn, and Andy Warhol. In February, the newly reappointed Stoneleigh Hotel and Spa reopened with updated and expanded guest rooms, a new Grand Salon created from found space, and a full-service spa.

Washington University Renovation Finds Sustainability by Embracing Its Past
Trivers Associates’ project shows the sustainable value of keeping what you’ve got
Trivers Associates’ renovation of Adolphus Busch Hall at Washington University in St. Louis will streamline the building’s organization of space, allow more natural light to penetrate into the building, add contemporary interior materials, and allow for new technological systems and capabilities. The project is slated to be LEED® certified, in large part because the renovation preserves much more of the historic building than it replaces.

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