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Chester J. Wisniewski (1921–2015) was an American architect and educator. He graduated from Syracuse University with a B.Arch in 1946 after serving in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Following college he apprenticed for Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in Arizona, an experience that profoundly influenced his career as an architect, professor, and artist.

In 1952 he co-founded the architectural firm Davis, Brody & Wisniewski in New York (now known as Davis Brody Bond). During his career as an architect, Wisniewski designed many commercial buildings, churches, synagogues, and homes, mostly in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. He taught architecture and building technology at The Cooper Union for over 23 years. Wisniewski began visiting Martha’s Vineyard in the 1950s, where he designed and built a summer house—known as the Glass House—with his students in 1959/1960. Much of the house was prefabricated in a woodshop in Manhattan, including its square roof panels, “umbrella” members, and structural elements, and in 1961 it won a Progressive Architecture Award for residential design.

This text has been adapted and compiled from the following sources:
Chet Wisniewski, Architect, Creative Force, Menemsha Summer Resident.” The Vineyard Gazette - Martha's Vineyard News. The Vineyard Gazette, January 29, 2016.
About the Glass House.” Glass House. Accessed November 7, 2019.