Edward Durell Stone: A Belated Appreciation by Hicks Stone

Edward Durell Stone: A Belated Appreciation by Hicks Stone

Pops-Hicks-Agrigento-1959Edward Durell Stone was my father. Father and I had a tenuous and at times a difficult relationship. He would have found it both comically improbable and deeply touching if he had been aware that I had written his biography. Even though our relationship was distant, I had a closely-held but deeply-seated admiration for his achievements. The underlying impetus to write his biography extends back to my childhood in New York during the 1960s. Anyone who came of age during those years recalls them as a time when activists would champion the rights of people unjustly relegated to living life at the margins of society. It was this sensitivity to injustice and an activist’s desire to right wrongs that set me on the course that led me to submit a proposal to Rizzoli for my father’s biography in the spring of 2008. Simply stated, Father has been unfairly treated for over a half-century, and the time for him to be accorded the simple decency, recognition and respect that he deserves from the architectural community is long overdue.



Docomomo US and colleagues monitor next phase of Peavey Plaza Revitalization

Docomomo US is along with our colleagues at The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Preserve Minneapolis are monitoring the next phase of design work at Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the project moves from the Historic Structures Report into the design phases for the rehabilitation of the plaza, Docomomo US and Docomomo US/MN are taking an active part in the stakeholders meetings.

Landmark Application withdrawn for Issaquah Chapel

The King County Landmark Nomination application for the Providence Heights campus in Issaquah has been withdrawn due to legal issues related to the ownership of the propert. It is owned by City Church of Kirkland, which does not support the nomination.

However, the King County Landmarks Commission will still hold a public hearing Thursday, Feb 23rd. Public comments are welcome but the Commission will take no action on the nomination. The Issaquah School District is in the process of obtaining the property through eminent domain. Like the church, it also does not support reuse and preservation.

Announcing Docomomo US 2017 Advocacy Theme: SHELTER


SHELTER, protection from the extremes of an environment, is a basic need. Throughout history our built form has risen out of how we respond to this necessity. Like other periods, Modernism strove to reexamine and reassess the forms, spaces, and materials that comprise shelter, creating a new language that defined the structures in which we live.

Endangered: Silver Spring Library by Rhees Burket

This article is written by Michael Shapiro and originally published on January 27, 2017

The mid-century modern Silver Spring Library by noted local architect Rhees Evans Burket, AIA, is facing an uncertain future. The county has put out a request for proposals from developers to turn the site into senior housing and child day care facilities through either incorporating the existing building or knocking it down and starting from scratch. 

Marion Greenwood: A Modern Woman in Modern Mexico

By Angelica Martinez-Sulvaran

During the first three decades of the twentieth century, Mexico experienced several social and political transformations. As a nation transitioning from a dictatorship to a democratic state, Mexico needed to find an identity as a modern and liberal country. The economic and political reconstruction materialized through the arts and architecture, and these transformations were most evident in the Mexico City; not only the capital of the country but also its creative hub. It was here that American artist Marion Greenwood’s murals and artwork contributed to one of the first projects that would embody post-revolutionary ideals: the Abelardo Rodriguez Market.

Philemon Sturges: Rhode Island’s Modernist Architect

By Catherine W. Zipf - Executive Director, Bristol Historical and Preservation Society

The Citizen’s Bank Building, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is like no other. Located at the end of a row of mid-nineteenth century structures, its dynamic concrete facade and curious decorative symbols mark an abrupt change from the past. Most viewers remember it vividly.

Unfortunately, its architect has been forgotten. The Citizen’s Bank Building, formerly the Old Stone Bank Building, was designed by Philemon Sturges, one of Rhode Island’s premier Modern architects. Well known during the 1960s, today only his buildings are left document his ideas, and the prominent role he played in Rhode Island’s architectural community.

Unexpected Modern: Valparaiso University’s Chapel of the Resurrection

By Amy Borland, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA)

I have a confession to make: When I first started my career in historic preservation 15 years ago, I wasn’t a fan of Modern architecture. It simply didn’t interest me. You may be asking how that is possible when the modern Mecca of Columbus, Indiana, is less than an hour away. Modern buildings just seemed cold and stark. There simply wasn’t that hook to draw me in. Then in 2009 a coworker and I happened upon the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University located in northwest Indiana and designed by architect Charles E. Stade.1My thoughts on Modernism changed.

Ambassador Grill and UN Plaza Hotel Lobby designated as a New York City Interior Landmark

Docomomo US is pleased to announce our efforts to landmark Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo’s Ambassador Grill and UN Hotel Lobby interior (now ONE UN New York) have been successful. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to designate the spaces making them New York City’s 118th Interior Landmark. The Ambassador Grill and UN Hotel Lobby join the ranks of many celebrated interiors including Grand Central Station, Radio City Music Hall and the Ford Foundation (also designed by Roche).

Chapters kick off 2017: Advocacy, Tours, Lectures and more

Docomomo US/Greater Philadelphia's January One Building One Brew event

In additon to national events like the National Symposium in Phoenix, the Modernism in America Awards, and Tour Day and monitoring ongoing advocacy issues like the Parker Center, Thompson Center, Peavey Plaza and more, Docomomo US chapters and friend organizations have planned amazing tours and lectures, launched initiatives and are monitoring advocacy issues of their own.

Below are some of the highlights taking place in the coming months.

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