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Lewis Residence
Peter B. Lewis Residence: Design Process Model, 1992
Plaster, wood, metal screen, paper
Designed by Frank O. Gehry, American (born Canada)
Courtesy of Gehry Partners, LLP
Frank O. Gehry: Design Process and the Lewis House
November 8, 2008 - April 5, 2009
This exhibition explores for the first time how a decade-long residential commission for Peter Lewis in Lyndhurst, Ohio (1985-1995), gave Frank Gehry a unique opportunity to experiment, and in the process, achieve the formal and technological breakthroughs that have made him one of the most influential architects of our time.

Out of this single critical project, Gehry developed the complex geometrical language of architecture that was to be made famous at the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain, and other buildings. Organized in collaboration with Gehry Partners, LLP, the exhibition will include some 120 architectural models, drawings, photographs, videos, furniture, and decorative arts that reveal Gehry’s evolutionary creative process, and how his study of materials and forms for this finally unrealized commission, informed his ongoing and subsequent designs.

In conjunction with the fall opening of this landmark exhibition, Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Museum, presented Frank Gehry with its 2008 Design Excellence Award.


The exhibition is supported in part by Collab: The Group for Modern and Contemporary Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and by Tiffany & Co.


Kathryn Hiesinger • Curator of European and Decorative Arts after 1700


Collab Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building

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