Ringing in Lambert’s 80th with a Bang


Some nice coverage from The Gazette in Montreal about Wednesday’s party celebrating the 80th birthday of Phyllis Lambert, known as Joan of Architecture, and described by the paper as “arguably the brainiest and boldest scion of the Bronfman family and undeniably one of the world’s leading architectural activists.” Here’s some:

One detail was successfully kept from her: The ceremonial climax of the party would be the unveiling of an enormous birthday cake designed by a guest, the renowned U.S. architect Peter Eisenman. Combining a classical column with a model of the Seagram Building – the sleek New York skyscraper Lambert personally willed into existence 50 years ago — the made-in-Montreal megacake represented her dual career as a preservationist and promulgator of modernism.

“It’s all architecture,” Lambert said when asked to comment on the apparent contradiction.