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A SAINTLY PATRON

ASTRAGAL

The Montreal Gazette is ebullient in its celebration of the 80th birthday of Phyllis Lambert, North America's most generous and knowledgeable patron of architecture. Most noted for commissioning the Seagram building, the gazette has dubbed her 'Joan of Architecture'. The paper describes Lambert as looking 'as inscrutably middleaged as ever' at her party, dressed 'in a pleated black Issey Miyake dress with boa (she disallowed 'gown' as a 'silly' word)'. Asked if she considered herself retired, the formidable Lambert responded: 'Heavens no. Inconceivable.'

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