LongHouse Reserve Honors Obama Presidential Designer Duo


Paul Goldberger and Jack Lenor Larsen at the February 15 benefit. Patrick McMullan Photos.

On February 15, LongHouse Reserve celebrated the start of their 26th season with a Winter Benefit at the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center honoring husband and wife architectural team — and Barack Obama Presidential Center designers — Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

The non-profit arboretum, art museum, sculpture garden, and educational organization based in East Hampton, drew a diverse group of guests including LongHouse Reserve Founder Jack Lenor Larsen, President Dianne Benson and Executive Director Matko Tomicic. Attendees were treated to a private screening of “LarsenWorld: LongHouse in East Hampton,” a film curated by LongHouse to highlight the pinnacle of its 25th year triumphs.

Chosen in 2016 as the designers of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, Mr. Williams and Ms. Tsien have received more than two dozen awards from the American Institute of Architects over the past three decades, as well as numerous national and international citations. Their many accomplishments include the design of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Logan Center for the Arts in Chicago, and the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center.


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