Restoring Frank Lloyd Wright’s James B. Christie House

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
7:00 pm


Frank Lloyd Wright was a renowned and influential architect, considered the “greatest American architect of all time” by the American Institute of Architects. Over a career spanning seven decades, he designed over 1,000 buildings. In all, 523 of these were built, including the iconic Guggenheim Museum, the Fallingwater house, Tokyo’s Imperial Hotel, and a home right here in Bernardsville, NJ. Known as the Christie House, the Usonian Home is one of three remaining Wright-designed houses in New Jersey.

In this presentation architect Genevieve Castelino will share her experiences over the past three years lovingly restoring, with Kiran Merchant, this unique home built during the most innovative and prolific period of Wright’s career. Genevieve Castelino’s passion for Wright’s design philosophy of organic architecture began in the 1980s while studying architecture in Mumbai, India. In addition to being an architect, Genevieve is an artist and storyteller at heart, embracing diverse mediums to share ideas and stories that influence, inspire, and move her. As an architect, she co-founded with Kiran Merchant, Merchant Aviation, an aviation planning company that designs airports around the world. As storytellers, Castelino and Merchant, have co-produced award-winning films and plays.

This event will take place in the lower level Meeting Room.