September 16, 2010

Billy Baldwin Symposium in Baltimore

Next month, the Evergreen House Museum will be hosting an all-day symposium of Balitmore’s Billy Baldwin and his work. The symposium is being offered as the culmination of the months-long exhibition on Billy Baldwin at Evergreen. BB@Evergreen 018The events of the day are varied, with some terrific speakers leading the way.

From Evergreen:

Furniture, textiles, fine art, and photographs illustrate the professional evolution of Baltimore-born William "Billy" Baldwin (1903–1983), probably the most ingenious of 20th-century interior designers. Throughout a career spanning five decades, the so-called dean of American decorators introduced a more relaxed and practical interior design sensibility with guiding principles that could be followed by anyone, and which still are today. The exhibition focuses attention on Baldwin's life-long pride in his Monument City origins, and includes vignettes representing three of his Maryland-based commissions that show the development of his now-iconic design vocabulary

SYMPOSIUM: "Thoroughly Modern Billy: The Career and Legacy of Baltimore's Billy Baldwin"

October 9, 9:30am–4pm, Evergreen Museum & Library


8:45–9:30am / Registration & Continental Breakfast Reception

9:30–9:45am / Welcome

9:45am–12pm / Session One

JAMES A. ABBOTT, Director and Curator, Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University: "Baltimore's Billy Baldwin"

STEVEN SUTOR, Senior Interior Design Associate, Chambers: Title TBA

12–1:15pm / Lunch & Exhibition Viewing

1:15–4pm / Session Two

EDWARD ZAJAC, Interior Designer and Former Assistant at Baldwin & Martin, Inc.: “My Life with Billy B. in NYC”

ADAM LEWIS, Interior Designer and Author: "Billy Baldwin: The Great American Decorator"

PANEL DISCUSSION — Moderated conversation featuring Baltimore-based friends of Billy Baldwin, symposium speakers, and a question-and-answer period.

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For more information on this event, please click here or e-mail here.


  1. Oh, boy would I have loved to attend these functions. I think Billy Baldwin was an outstanding designer, who like Van Day Truex, understood the beauty of simplicity, nature and had a sense of what is appropriate according to function, budget, and geography. I am sure he would be appalled at some of the vulgarity, pretentiousness, and overwhelming scale of so many homes designed today.

  2. Oh time is running out (symposium aside) and I better get myself to Evergreen House as soon as I have a free minute!

  3. how cool. wish i was there for this.

  4. Neg it is so great to know about these events. I wish I could be there!

    Art by Karena


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