Classicism, Historic Preservation, and Jane Austen

Interior designer Suzanne Rheinstein – a favorite of The Glam Pad – was recognized for her excellence in the classical tradition with an Arthur Ross Award on Tuesday. Established in 1982 through the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, the annual award celebrates achievements in classical architecture, interior design, landscape design, art, and those who have left their mark in the name of classicism.

This year’s awards ceremony was held in the grand dining room of the University Club in New York City, designed by the legendary architectural firm of McKim, Mead, and White. You can see the full list of 2022 winners here.

Suzanne Rheinstein’s historic Hancock Park home, as featured in City of Angels: Houses and Gardens of Los Angeles, courtesy of Vendome Press. Click here for a TGP tour.

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree…

By Suzanne’s side Tuesday evening was her daughter Kate Rheinstein Brodsky, founder of the celebrated interior design shop KRB. Supremely curated, KRB specializes in one-of-kind art, antiques, and other objects of charm, and has been a go-to shop for designer enthusiasts since its inception in 2014. Having outgrown its quaint shop on the Upper East Side of New York, next month KRB will move to a beautiful storefront located at 73rd Street and Lexington Avenue, just one block south of their current home.

In preparation for the big move, KRB is hosting an incredible sale. Hop over to KRB’s Instagram page to view all the goodies on offer!  And if you haven’t seen it yet, we highly recommend enjoying this tour of Kate’s delightful pre-war Upper East Side apartment.

Peek inside Kate’s Manhattan home here!

Support Preservation Park Cities

Outrage over the continued demolition of the most beautiful, historic homes in Highland Park (Texas) is mounting. This week, D Magazine shared updates on Preservation Park Cities‘ mission to save historically significant homes in the Dallas suburbs of Highland Park and University Park. The preservation society has inventoried the 100 most noteworthy and endangered houses as part of a larger attempt to save these historic homes. Sadly, getting historic protection ordinances “is unlikely” the magazine reports, so efforts include potential ordinances that would delay demolition, protect a property’s mature trees, and more.

Meanwhile one resident has started a petition, and we are asking readers for signatures here! The petition will request City Council to offer tax incentives for homeowners to keep and renovate historic homes, and to establish a Demolition Review Board in the hopes that we can save some homes in the future. A building review will also be requested to prevent every new home built in the 2020 decade from looking the same.

Built by Hal Thomson in 1926 this Highland Park home made D Magazine‘s list of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas. It was lovingly restored in 2019 and sold in 2021… click here to enjoy the real estate listing.
Another home saved from the wrecking ball, via Preservation Park Cities

Classic Summer Reading List

The Glam Pad has a passion for the classics, and that includes our love of books. Nothing quite beats curling up with a historic novel and a cup of tea. The physicality of holding a book will always trump digital reading and exploration…. although Audible has become a bit of a guilty pleasure during bath time! We are mavens of beauty and while they say you can’t judge a book by its cover, sometimes we must respectfully disagree.

For your summer reading pleasure, we have rounded up some of our favorite classics for all our fellow bookworms with the sweetest covers that will surely make a statement on your shelves. They also make lovely gifts. What is your favorite? Please comment below!

As perpetual treasure hunters and shoppers, we are always on the lookout for amazing online steals! Starting TODAY celebrated fabric house Sister Parish Design will be hosting an online warehouse sale like never before, offering their beautiful prints to the public at incredible prices. Sister Parish Design, named of course after the late decorator Sister Parish of the renowned firm Parish-Hadley, is an iconic fabric house that tops our list. With bold yet classic prints, every home could use a dose of Sister Parish Design. Psst… sign up for their newsletter by tapping the link in their Instagram bio for email access to the sale or keep an eye on their website for the sale to go live! 





  1. Lovely. As a former English teacher, I’m delighted to see the interest in classic literature. This summer, I’m reading the Brontes. Just finished The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne and starting Villette by Charlotte. Wonderful.
    Godspeed Preservation Dallas!
    Your friend in Houston.

  2. Why is it “unlikely” that preservation ordinances can be activated? What a statement. Every city in America has historic districts, and so does Dallas, with the Swiss Avenue Historic District and others. It’s not that difficult to establish. Pshaw.

  3. Pride and Prejudice is, imho, the greatest book of all time. I’ve read it a dozen or more times and always find something new to delight and surprise me.

    Although I adore Jane Austen, I wouldn’t want her for a friend — I’d be terrified I’d end up in one of her novels as one of the more ridiculous characters . . .

  4. Wow Andrea! What a lot of fantastic information!
    1) love Kate Brodsky’s house – exquisite and I never tire of her color combos and details!
    2) so glad there’s this movement to protect beautiful old houses from people who want monstrosities – let them build in another community! ( Wish they’d do that here in California )
    3) those book covers are delicious!!!

    I’ve got some follow up “research” to do after this post!



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