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New York premier of Eero Saarinen: The Architect who saw the Future

On Thursday September 15, 2016 Docomomo US members, friends, members of the press, esteemed colleagues, and members of the Saarinen and Miller families joined Docomomo US, THIRTEEN, and director/producer Peter Rosen for the New York primier screening of Eero Saarinen: The Architect who Saw the Future. The film was shown in the beautiful lower-level screening room that boasts a recently restored Shelia Hicks installation. After the screening, guests were invited for a reception on the eleventh floor overlooking the garden atrium. 

Roland Gommel Roessner's Pohl House: Recap

By Kelly Little, Mid Tex Mod Board Secretary

Mid Tex Mod would like to thank Trisha and Douglas Shepard for welcoming us into their gorgeous mid-century home last month for an open house organized by board member Trey McWhorter, a real estate agent in the Austin area working to bring awareness and education about the significance and value of the homes in Austin's mid-century neighborhoods of Highland Park, Highland Park West, Balcones Park, Foothills Terrace, Colorado Foothills and Beverly Hills. This members-only event allowed an intimate group of Modern enthusiasts to visit the Pohl House, designed by Roland Gommel Roessner for Dr. Donald and Marjorie Pohl and completed in 1955.

Ambassador Grill calendared for Interior Landmark Designation

In a stunning turn of events, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously this week to hear the UN Plaza Hotel (now ONE UN New York owned by Millennium Hotels and Resorts) lobby and Ambassador Grill as the city's 118th interior landmark. 

Meenakshi Srinivasan, Chair of the LPC said in her remarks this was an exciting designation for a number of reasons as it reflects the values of its time, and is different from any designation the Commission has ever seen before. Described as remarkable examples of "cusp architecture", Kevin Roche's lobby is in fact the first example of postmodernism to be considered for calendaring in New York City. Chair Srinivasan added that this designation confirms the evolution over time of the Commission and strongly recommended the spaces for a hearing and designation. The public hearing date for the spaces has been set for updated November 22, 2016 (October 25, 2016). 
 
 

Ralph Haver: Everyman's Modernist

Next spring, the Docomomo US National Symposium is heading west to the desert paradise, Phoenix, Arizona where attendees will get a chance to experience not only Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West and Paolo Soleri's Arcosonti, but also the rich heritage of modern architecture designed by its regional architects.

Below is an article by the founding editor of ModernPhoenix.net, Alison King, on Ralph Haver; one of the local architects responsible for shaping modern Phoenix and who will be featured during the symposium, which takes place March 29 through April 1, 2017. Click here to see the full Ralph Haver Archive.

Tour Day 2016: Modernism in Your Backyard

The wait is finally over! 

We are excited to announce the schedule of tours and events taking place during Tour Day 2016: Modernism in Your Backyard is now available! 

Set to take place on October 8, 2016 and throughout the month of October, this year’s event includes more than 50 tours in 20 states and 30+ individual cities. Hosted by Docomomo US chapters, friends and many of the leading national preservation voices, ”Modernism in Your Backyard” looks to celebrate both the works of modern masters and local architects found in cities and neighborhoods across the United States.

Docomomo US begins next phase of new website

After more than a year of planning, research and development, Docomomo US is pleased to be embarking on a next phase for the Docomomo US website. Redesigned to be more visual with a simpler user experience, the new site feature new functionality as well as content from the current website and Docomomo US’ important Register of modern buildings and sites.

Discussing modernism One Building, One Brew at a time

By Allee Davis, Secretary of Docomomo-US/Greater Philadelphia
Senior Preservation Associate, SS United States Conservancy

The Philadelphia Chapter recently held its first happy hour as part of their new series, One Building One Brew. The group gathered at the Rohm and Haas Building (George M. Ewing & Company and Pietro Belluschi, 1964) where they engaged in a lively discussion led by Ben Leech, Bradley Maule, and William Whitaker.

Update: Future for Breuer Library is unclear

News surrounding Marcel Breuer-designed buildings across the country continues to hold surprises, including Atlanta’s Central Library Building. Last week, as Docomomo US awarded the restoration of The Met Breuer with a Citation of Merit in the 2016 Modernism in America Awards, Atlanta’s City Councilman C.T. Martin brought forth an unexpected resolution approving the demolition "a new library be built at its present location" for the Central Library. This stunning development quickly mobilized advocates for the Library including Friends of the Central Atlanta Library (FOCAL), Docomomo US/Georgia and Docomomo US who draft letters of response. Advocates also launched a petition calling for the “Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System Board of Trustees to take action to protect the Central Library and Library System Headquarters Building.”

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