Located atop a waterfront peninsula on Long Island Sound, this residence was designed in response to the owner’s admiration of the mid-nineteenth-century Greek Revival houses of the American south. Billionaire Paul Tudor Jones II commissioned architect Allan Greenberg to create one of the largest and most beautiful homes in Belle Haven. The exterior features a Doric colonnade and two-story veranda, which wrap the house on the three water-facing sides and create shaded outdoor living spaces on the ground and second-floor levels.
It’s a curious truth that one of the few buildings in the world named after its architect is an opera house. Or at least that’s how Allan Greenberg sees it, referring of course to Charles Garnier’s Beaux-Arts Palais Garnier in Paris.
“The world of every opera is a fantasy world”, Greenberg explained over the phone just following the groundbreaking of his latest project, the Shepherd Opera House and Music Center on Rice University’s Houston campus. “A director may dress operas in contemporary clothing, and the opera may even tell a contemporary story, but still the world it creates is a fantasy world, and the opera house should stand out as an overture, a musical overture.”
The Claremont Review of Books just published a lovely review in their spring journal of our latest monograph, Allan Greenberg: Classical Architect. Anthony Paletta writes a very well articulated piece which extends beyond our monograph itself and delves into themes we have been working on over the past 40 years. Three wonderful illustrations by Elliot Banfield accompany the article. Please click here to find the PDF of the article, courtesy of the Claremont Review of Books: A Living Tradition.
“A designer know for his classical architecture surrounds himself and his wife with anything but.” – Steven Kurutz for The New York Times
The December 19, 2013, Home section of the New York Times was on location with Allan and his wife Judith Seligson in their New York city apartment. The article is features pictures of the apartment which is decorated with Judy’s abstract paintings and includes a stunning half-bathroom filled with a tile mosaic of a rose garden created by Allan’s daughter, Ruth Greenberg, a ceramist (for more on Ruth’s art, visit her website: www.rfgtile.com). Attached to the article is a slideshow showcasing Allan and Judy’s art filled apartment.
Allan is headed to Miami for a booksigning and lecture – January 30, 8 pm, at Books & Books, Coral Gables.
We hope to see you there!
Even if you can’t make it, you don’t have to miss it – the event will be live streamed!
Allan Greenberg Architect was selected by Architectural Digest for their 2014 AD100 list, a listing of the world’s top architects and designers.
“Since 1990 Architectural Digest has been naming the world’s preeminent architects and designers to a select group know as the AD100. An arbiter of excellence, this exclusive list recognizes establishment icons ad enterprising trailblazers whose work is as inspiring as it is influential. These are the men and women who are shaping the way we live—one building, one house, one room at a time.” -Architectural Digest
This is the 3rd consecutive time that we’ve made the list. Read Allan’s profile and see the rest of the list in the January 2104 issue of Architectural Digest.
On March 21, 2013, the Historic Preservation and Community Planning program in the Department of Art history presented the Albert Simons Medal of Excellence to classical architect Allan Greenberg. The Simons Medal of Excellence was established in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the College of Charleston School of the Arts. Albert Simons pioneered the teaching of art at the College, and the medal honors individuals who have excelled in one or more of the areas in which Albert Simons excelled, including civic design, architectural design, historic preservation and urban planning.