Modern House Symposium

Private Domains/Public Displays: 
The Modern House Interpreted

A Symposium in Celebration of Fallingwater’s 75th Anniversary


When he designed Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright abandoned conventional notions of building and living.  New materials and technologies permitted unprecedented experimentation, while creating unexpected challenges that define the modern movement.  To explore these issues, an international gathering of directors and curators will convene in Pittsburgh to discuss strategies for preserving and interpreting nine of the world’s iconic modern house museums.

APRIL 5, 2011
Carnegie Museum of Art
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Morning Program
Begins 9:00 am

Tracy Myers and Raymund Ryan Curators, Heinz Architectural Center, Carnegie Museum of Art

Drew Armstrong  Director, Architectural Studies Program, University of Pittsburgh

Session Chair
Lynda Waggoner  Vice President and Director, Fallingwater

A Landmark in Transition:  The Miller House and Garden, Columbus, Indiana
Bradley C. Brooks  Director of Historic Resources, Indianapolis Museum of Art

Alvar Aalto in Context: Communicating the Modern House
Dr. Susanna Pettersson  Director, Alvar Aalto Foundation and Alvar Aalto Museum

The MAK Center at the Schindler House: Taking Cues From a Modern Experimentalist
Kimberli Meyer  Director, MAK Center for Art and Architecture

Investigating Materiality: Re-Restoring Mies’s Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic
Iveta Cerná  Director, Villa Tugendhat

Afternoon Program
Begins 1:30 pm

Session Chair
Justin Gunther  Curator, Buildings and Collections, Fallingwater

Preservation Challenges of the Gropius House
Benjamin Haavik  Team Leader, Property Care, Historic New England

Interpreting Rustic Modernism at the Wharton Esherick Museum
Paul Eisenhauer  Executive Director/Curator, Wharton Esherick Museum

Farnsworth House: Public Preservation of the New
Whitney French  Executive Director, Farnsworth House

Conservation at the Glass House: The First Five Seasons
Irene Shum Allen  Curator and Collections Manager, Philip Johnson Glass House

Questions and Panel Discussion
Begins 3:45 pm


General Information

Space is limited, so please register early to ensure your attendance.


All lectures will be held
at the Carnegie
Museum of Art
Parking is available in
the museum's parking

Conference Fees

$30; $25 for professionals
working for nonprofits; 
free for students with valid 
id.  Fee includes lectures
and refreshments.  Lunch
will not be provided;
however, numerous affordable
options are available in the area.


Lodging is the  
responsibility of the 
registrant.  A list of 
accommodations is
available upon request
or by clicking here.


Registrants who cancel
by March 29, 2011,
regardless of reason,
will be issued a full
refund. No refunds after
March 29, 2011.

For additional information and to register contact Visitor Services at 724-329-8501 or click here.   To view the conference poster click here.

A conference organized by Fallingwater, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, the University of Pittsburgh’s Architectural Studies Program, and Carnegie Museum of Art for public research on modern heritage.