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(D)ANTE | TELESCOPE HOUSE | 1991-1996. Photograph © Yukio Futagawa GA Photographers. GA Houses #51, 1997
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ARCHITECT, PAINTER, AND WRITER JEF7REY HILDNER launched The Architect Painter Press in 2005 under the banner, “Live Brave.” The Architect Painter Press presents Hildner’s buildings, paintings, and insights—work that reflects his focus on the visible and invisible architecture of life and art. The Architect Painter Press also seeks to present the work of other artists. Current titles range from his pamphlet, Picasso Lessons, to his books Daedalus 9, Garches 1234, Henry Trucks — Painter, Metaphysical Warrior, and Visual Ef9ects. His work also appears in a wide array of other venues—for example, Architectural Record, Journal of Architectural Education, Any, Oz, The Christian Science Monitor, IMDb, and Global Architecture Houses. The book Architectural Formalism, by Hakan Anay, features Hildner’s essay “Formalism: Move|Meaning” alongside essays by theorists Rosalind Krauss, Peggy Deamer, Robert Slutzky, and Colin Rowe. Hildner received an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture award for excellence in teaching. His project Dante|Telescope House won the New Jersey Chapter of The American Institute of Architects “Blue Ribbon Award for Excellence in Design.” Hildner also writes under the names Madison Gray and Eliot Plum. He paints under the name Henry Trucks. Hildner’s one-word life theme—architecture—shapes his quest, his outlook, and his output, including his work as screenwriter and story architect. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Princeton University.
The 1:4:9 Observatory Chess Mural occupies the Shadow Zone cast by the Dante|Telescope Monolith . . .
northwest-southeast geographical compass line.
A R C H I T E C T
1. The Spanish Connection—Project for a new Casa Hispanica at Columbia University | 2007
2. Diebenkorn Chess House [aka Longitudinal Projection House (video)] | 2002
3. (D)ANTE|Telescope House [aka Dante|Telescope House]—Silver Spring, MD | Photographed
by Yukio Futagawa, Global Architecture Houses #51 | March 1997
4. Library and Residence Hall—Tenacre Foundation, Princeton, NJ | Architectural
Record | February 1991
Cottage Addition—Tenacre Foundation, Princeton, NJ | Architectural
Record February 1991 | Architecture New Jersey 2:1990 | Oz No. 12: 1990
Residence Addition—Princeton, NJ | Architecture New Jersey Issue 1:1989
and Garden—Tenacre Foundation,
Princeton, NJ | Architecture New Jersey 1:1986 | Architectural Record October 1985
design of original elements:
Interiors | Furniture | Light Fixtures | Textiles | Paintings | Glass | Interior Murals | Exterior Murals | Landscapes
IN ARCHITECTURE: "Blue
Ribbon Award for Excellence in Design" | 1995
Highest Honor Awarded by the New Jersey Chapter of The American
Institute of Architects. Awarded
to Dante|Telescope House
aka the Zowe House
A shard of ancient suns — the steel beam telescope of the Dante|Telescope Monolith points to the North Star.
Sand-blasted glass at the front door to Dante|Telescope House depicts an abstract plan of the Dante Monolith.
The panel presents key elements of the building's aesthetic system, proportional system, and poetic system.
The reference to Dante announces a core theme of the project: the ancient, original connection between literature and
architecture, wherein the first buildings were books, and the first books were buildings.