The walls of the Frederick Cooper house are was welcoming as their owners. Frederick Cooper and María Amelia Fort make up a couple who, for over forty years, have brought people together in their home from all over the world. Their house has witnessed an assortment of social gatherings and they have been diligent hosts to many foreign architects. Forty years after its construction and after being selected for the Museum of Modern exhibition "Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955 - 1980", Frederick Cooper sought to crystallize all that this house represents to this house represents to this architectural concerns and to this familys life in a modest publication.
That is why. when in need of gathering written experiences of the house, he turned to his long list of past guests so that they might, in their words and with their memories, paint a different picture, a collage even, of what this house represents to them. These twelve architects, and friends, who have pitched in with comments, essays and even images, bear witness to the architectural and the human aspects of this project.
In this sense, the book is the inevitable result of a myriad of minds that have come together, both literally and figuratively, under the roof of this house.