Lecture: Conservatories of the 19th Century

Great Conservatories Of The 19th Century & The Architecture Behind Them 

This lecture will explore the rich history of great conservatories and the architectural significance of their use of glass, innovative in the 19th Century. Revisit spaces that are gone but not forgotten, lost to the ravages of time and budget cuts, some in Baltimore City Parks.  Learn about enduring gems worldwide, which have influenced the design of conservatories from the 19th Century through today.

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 6 – 8 p.m. 
Join us at 5:30 for wine and light fare courtesy of Tanglewood Conservatories! 
Lecture by Alan Stein, owner of Tanglewood Conservatories, and Daniel Russoniello, AIA, LEED-AP, of Archer & Buchanan Architecture.
Space is limited. $30/ticket. 

 All proceeds benefit the Rawlings Conservatory. 

Online ticket sales are closed. Tickets will be available at the door. 
Refreshments at 5:30, talk begins at 6. 

Paypal ticket sales are through our partners, The Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory. It will show up on your credit card statement as “CONSERVTORY.” 

Tickets will be held at the door under the name of the purchaser.  


Alan’s forthcoming book “Conservatory Architecture- A Celebration of Structure, Light and Life” chronicles the historical development and current resurgence of interest in the great glass houses of the nineteenth century.  This lecture is co-sponsored by Tanglewood Conservatories and  Brennan + Company Architects. For further information, please call 410-396-0008 or write to info@rawlingsconservatory.org

Alan Stein is an internationally recognized authority on the history, design and manufacture of traditional glass architecture. He is President and Director of Architecture at Tanglewood Conservatories, Ltd, the company he founded in 1993 with his wife and design partner Nancy Virts. The company’s mission is to conceive and build the finest, most original conservatories and greenhouses in the world. He draws inspiration from the historic glass houses of nineteenth century Europe and America.

Alan studied design at the California College of Art and graduated from the University of Maryland with a professional degree in architecture. He has been active in local chapters of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and has served on the Advisory Board of UMMAP, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership program affiliate for the State of Maryland. He currently sits on the Corporate Advisory Board of the Architecture and Engineering Department at Delaware Technical College.

As Principal of Tanglewood, Alan speaks internationally about his company’s work. Tanglewood is the only company outside Germany to be invited to join Wintergarten-Fachverband, the premier association of German conservatory manufacturers. Tanglewood works on projects throughout the world and is the recipient of numerous design awards. Its work has been published in Architectural Digest, Garden Design Magazine, The New York Times, Town and County Japan and numerous other publications.


(Text excerpted and adapted from http://tanglewoodconservatories.com/blog/great-conservatories-of-the-nineteenth-century/)


Daniel G. Russoniello is the Principal-in-Charge of the firm’s institutional practice. His experience, following an academic career distinguished by numerous awards, honors and fellowships, includes more than 28 years of professional practice including formative years at nationally recognized architectural firms. His work focuses on the planning and design of creatively conceived commercial and institutional projects, many for major university, private school and not-for-profit organizations.

Dan studied Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State. He is a member of the  American Institute of Architects, the Lower Merion Historical Society, and many other organizations. He has received numerous awards for his work, has published articles, and was the recipient of an award for his architectural photographs from the AIA.

(excerpted from http://www.archerbuchanan.com/daniel-g-russoniello)


Please note: Registration for this fundraising event is non-refundable. However, refunds will be given if the event is cancelled by the organizers for any reason. Proceeds supports the Conservatory – we thank you for your understanding and support!