Norman McGrath

During their 40-year collaboration, Charles Gwathmey and Robert Siegel worked on a few commercial projects, including renovating and augmenting the Guggenheim, injecting a dose of Modernism into Princeton’s Neo-Classical Whig Hall, and reinvigorating Yale University's Paul Rudolph Hall. But all the while, they maintained a stream of glamorous residential projects—from renovating an 18th-century barn for Steven Spielberg to designing a Manhattan apartment for Faye Dunaway. Appropriately, domestic architecture and the arts are at the center of Gwathmey Siegel: Transformation and Inspiration, a current show at the Yale School of Architecture that's the first museum exhibition devoted to their work. Sketchbooks, drawings, models, and photographs document four of their residences where art and architecture closely comingle, starting with the 1966 Long Island house and studio (shown) that Gwathmey designed for his parents with then-partner Richard Henderson. It's a composition that Gwathmey once referred to as "a solid block of stone that’s been carved back to its essence." The firm’s Bechtler Residence (1993), overlooking the Swiss town of Zumikon and Lake Zurich, offers a more sprawling layout; its terrace and courtyards evoke a village square. Also exhibited are Gwathmey’s scrapbook from his Fulbright tour of Europe, in which he studied Le Corbusier, and a selection of his Yale student work. Through January 27th •