Book Signing with Architect Gil Schaffer


For award-winning architect Gil Schafer, the most successful houses are the ones that celebrate the small moments of life--houses with timeless charm that are imbued with memory and anchored in a distinct sense of place.

Schafer's ability to translate his clients' personal visions of how they want to live into a physical home has established him as one of the most sought-after, highly-regarded architects of our time.


In his new book, A Place to Call Home Schafer follows up his bestselling The Great American House, by pulling the curtain back on his distinctive approach, sharing his process (complete with unexpected, accessible ideas readers can work into their own projects) and taking us on a detailed tour of seven beautifully realized houses in a range of styles located around the country--each in a unique place, and each with a character all its own.

Opening with memories of the childhood homes and experiences that have shaped Schafer's own history, A Place to Call Home gives the reader the sense that for Schafer, architecture is not just a career but a way of life, a calling.

Part II of the book is the story of seven very different houses and the places they inhabit, including a charming cottage completely rebuilt into a casual but gracious house for a young family in Mill Valley, California; a reconstructed historic 1930s Colonial house and gardens set in lush woodlands in Connecticut; a new, Adirondack camp-inspired house for an active family perched on the edge of Lake Placid; an elegant but family-friendly Fifth Avenue apartment with a panoramic view of Central Park; and Schafer's own, newly-renovated and surprisingly modern house located just a few feet from the Atlantic Ocean in coastal Maine. In Schafer's hands, the stories of these houses are irresistibly readable.

As a residential architect, I believe that my highest achievement is to successfully create places our clients can call home. that word “home” to me, has everything to do with comfort, family and friends —and memories, most of all. Growing up, I learned that if a house is going to feel like home, it has to create opportunities for memories, even in the smallest moments of life.
— Gil Schaffer

Join us on Thursday, April 25 between 2:00 and 3:30 to meet this great American talent and have him sign A Place to Call Home.