On Thurs. Sept. 14, 2023, 6-8 p.m., The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will feature architect and author Phillip James Dodd for an illustrated talk and book signing of his new release titled, “An American Renaissance: Beaux-Arts Architecture in New York City.”
This book, which has been painstakingly researched and beautifully photographed over many years, takes a close look at twenty of the finest examples of Beaux-Arts architecture in New York City. While showing public exteriors, its main focus is on the lavish interiors associated with the opulence of the Gilded Age – often providing a glimpse inside buildings not otherwise viewable to the public. The book’s foreword is by Julian Fellowes, English actor, novelist, film director, and screenwriter also known as the creator of the historical drama, “Downton Abbey,” among others.
LMMM Trustee and Lecture Chair Kathy Olsen said, “As architecture reached for the stars during the Gilded Age, Mr. Dodd will take us inside some of New York City’s greatest landmarks through spectacular photography and a brilliant architect’s mind.”
Born and raised in the United Kingdom, Phillip James Dodd is an alumnus of the prestigious Prince of Wales’ Institute of Architecturein London. He moved to America more than twenty years ago, and after training with some of the most recognized classical architecture firms in the country founded his eponymous design firm, Phillip James Dodd: Bespoke Residential Design, LLC, in 2015. Phillip’s designs can be found in New York, Greenwich, Palm Beach, and as far away as Bangalore, India. In 2022, he was the recipient of the Elizabeth L. and John H. Schuler Architectural Award and was named one of the Top 50 Coastal Architects by Ocean Home magazine.
Phillip has a Master of Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and an undergraduate Degree in Architecture from the Manchester School of Architecture. He is a Fellow Emeritus of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and serves as a commissioner on The Town of Greenwich Historic District Commission. In 2013, Phillip was elected by his peers as an Honorary Fellow of the INTBAU College of Traditional Practitioners, an invited international body for practitioners in traditional architecture, under the auspices of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
Light refreshments will be offered following the presentation as well as a special drawing for a complimentary tour led by Dodd of the Woodlawn Cemetery. Woodlawn is the resting place of the Mathews, among other notable families. This lecture will be held at the Norwalk Public Library, 1 Belden Avenue, CT. To reserve tickets, attendees can visit the Events page on the Museum’s website at www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com. Admission is $15 for LMMM members, $20 for non-members.
LMMM’s 2023 programs are made possible in part by CT Humanities with generous funding provided by Connecticut State Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts (COA) from the Connecticut State Legislature; LMMM’s Founding Patrons: The Estate of Mrs. Cynthia Clark Brown;LMMM’s Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; and LMMM’s 2023 Season Distinguished Benefactors: The City of Norwalk, The Maurice Goodman Foundation, and Lockwood-Mathews Foundation, Inc.