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Architect's Insights on the Design of the Marbury Building


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:00 pm


Tuesday, October 20, 2020 5:30 pm

About the Event

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Join architect Charles Brickbauer, AIA to learn about the design of the award-winning Marbury Building located in Mt. Washington. Built in 1990 for the Fidelity and Guaranty Life Insurance Company and designed by the architecture firm of Peterson & Brickbauer. Its striking green glass façade appears seamless by the use of adhesive to eliminate the need for visible fasteners, a new technology at the time. The result is a building that is rich in illusion and allusion, appears both transparent and reflective of the surrounding landscape, and from some perspectives, reflects itself like a hall of mirrors. As Architecture critic Edward Gunts once observed, what Brickbauer accomplished was to “have taken the lowly glass box…and made it worth our attention again.”

Charles Brickbauer was educated at Yale University and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome. Over the course of his distinguished career, Brickbauer has brought a sophisticated modern style to the Baltimore region, with works including the former Blue Cross Headquarters in Towson (Peterson & Brickbauer, 1972), the BWI Airport expansion (Peterson & Brickbauer, 1979), and the MICA Brown Center (with Ziger|Snead Architects, 2004)

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