At October 16, 2021, at 7 p.m.. at 295 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT, the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum will host a gala titled, A mansion for the ages: celebrating architecture and design co-chaired by LMMM directors Shannon O’Toole Giandurco and Douglas E. Hempstead. The event will include a gala dinner, live and silent auctions and a special presentation by award-winning architect David Scott Parker, FAIA. Tickets for the event are $ 275 and seats are limited.
The gala will also feature the exhibitions Envisioning Space: Architecture Through the Ages, in collaboration with StamfordArt Association, and the ongoing program Health, Healing & Addiction in 19e Century America sponsored in part by CT Humanities. The Envisioning Space exhibition will open to the public on September 18, 2021 and will be curated by artist / designer and LMMM administrator Gail Ingis.
Shannon O’Toole Giandurco said, “I am proud to be the Trustee of this incredible National Historic Landmark and to work with the other Trustees and our Executive Director Susy Gilgore to promote awareness of the building and our award-winning programs. Doug and I are thrilled to be co-chairing the gala this year and raising funds for the mansion and hope that many clients will join us for a great evening.
David Scott Parker, FAIA, is the director of a versatile 20-member architectural firm with extensive experience working on major cultural institution, restoration, preservation and adaptive use projects. Since its founding in 1989, the firm has received numerous honors, including the Tony Goldman Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation; two New York Landmarks Conservancy Lucy G. Moses Preservation Awards; four Palladio awards; two Stanford White awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art; and several AIA accolades and citations in Connecticut, New York and New England. Parker is licensed in eight states and is a graduate of the University of Virginia as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he served on the Board of Practitioners for Harvard Design Magazine. David devotes his time to the boards of many institutions and non-profit organizations, including Lyndhurst and Merritt Parkway Conservancy. He is a director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
The Manor will express its greatest appreciation to State of Connecticut and the Town of Norwalk for making the much anticipated Phase III of the Museum’s 2008 master plan possible by providing $ 5 million and $ 2.5 million respectively for critical upgrades to the building’s electrical, computer, heating and fire prevention systems .
This major project will enhance the visitor experience, expand community access, and increase the Museum’s ability to serve youth and adults with inspiring and rewarding educational programs throughout the year.
The museum’s 2021 gala will be generously sponsored in part by the gala’s benefactors: Fairfield County Bank and David Scott Parker Architects; Gala managers: Windsong Global, Seaman Construction Inc. and the law firm of Miklos P. Koleszar; Gala Media Sponsor: CT Cottages & Gardens; and Gala Graphic Design Sponsor: Miggs B Design. LMMM’s cultural and educational programs are made possible in part by the generous funding of LMMM’s founding patrons: the estate of Ms. Cynthia Clark Brown; LMMM Leadership Patrons: The Sealark Foundation; Distinguished benefactors of the 2021 season of LMMM: the City of Norwalk, the Maurice Goodman Foundation and King Industries; and LMMM 2021 Distinguished Benefactors for Education: The Daphne Seybolt Culpeper Memorial Foundation, Inc. Proof of vaccination required.
For more information on the gala, please visit: www.lockwoodmathewsmansion.com.