Recent updates

Parker Center continues to face threat of demolition
by info, posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

This past week, The Los Angeles Conservancy reported that the City of Los Angeles' Municipal Facilities Committee recently voted in favor of demolishing Parker Center based on the Bureau of Engineering’s (BOE) claim that the preservation alternative will cost nearly $107 million more. The plan to replace the building was presented before the City’s Entertainment and Facilities Committee on Tuesday, January 10, 2017Read more about why the Parker Center is being demolished for the wrong reasons and view the Conservancy's alternative proposal.

Save the Historic Lexington Center
by info, posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

In 1966, Hideo Sasaki, Norman Fletcher, and Walter Pierce, all renowned practitioners of modernism and residents of Lexington, Massachusetts, produced a “Plan for Lexington Center,” an elegant design to turn a drab suburban center into a series of “living rooms” in which the community of Lexington could congregate. This design, executed in 1967, has been highly successful and has stood the test of time, as evidenced by a 2008 Tufts University study designating Lexington as a “Model Town Center.” However, now this iconic streetscape is threatened.

What is in store for 2017
by info, posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017


As we head into the new year, Docomomo US is excited to build upon the positive developments that took place during 2016. However, there is still much at stake as we face an unknown political environment that could jeopardize long and hard fought preservation efforts. See what is taking place in 2017.

2017 Modernism in America Awards
by info, posted on Monday, December 19, 2016

Submissions now being accepted.

Docomomo US is accepting submissions for the 2017 Modernism in America Awards in the following categories: Design, Inventory/Survey and Advocacy. Now in its fourth year, the Modernism in America Awards acknowledges the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively.

2016 Year in Review
by info, posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016


This past year Docomomo US has seen incredible things take place as buildings have been saved and the recognition of the importance of modern architecture, sites, and landscapes has gained national attention. These positive developments are due largely because of the efforts of the volunteers and members of our chapters, friend organizations, partners, sponsors and active participants. We look forward to what the new year will bring as we continue to celebrate and advocate for the modern heritage found in our neighborhoods. Here are the hightlights from 2016.

Modern Holiday Gift list
by info, posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016
With the holidays just around the corner we've pulled together a few gift ideas that are now on our wish list and perfect for your last minute holiday needs. Don't forget, there is always the gift of a Docomomo US membership for the modern enthusiast in your life!
The Story of Superlite
by info, posted on Friday, December 2, 2016

This March Docomomo US is traveling to Phoenix to host the fifth National Symposium titled Modernism and Climate in partnership with Modern Phoenix Week. One of the nine tours offered during the four-day event is the Superlite Block Manufacturing Plant tour. The article below, written by Taz Loomans, gives an inside look into the history of Superlite as a building material and company. The article was first published on Modern Phoenix's website in 2011. 


Holiday Book List 2016
by info, posted on Friday, December 2, 2016

It is that time of year again! Docomomo US is pleased to present our annual list of notable books of 2016. This year's list is packed full of must-have books, many written by Docomomo US members, that will inspire you to unplug for a while.

Mark your calendars for Hawaii's Fifth Annual Holiday Party
by info, posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

Docomomo US/Hawai'i invites you to it's 5th Annual Holiday Party set in a beautiful Kahala residence designed during the 1950s. We hope you will join us for an evening of celebration as we look forward to the new year.

Annual Jingle & Mingle hosted by Docomomo US/Oregon
by info, posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

Join & get decked out with holiday spirits at Docomomo US/Oregon's holiday party located in the Director's Building (eighth floor) in downtown Portland. OH WHAT FUN!

$5 bucks gets you in the door, and we will be providing the drinks & food, plus a DJ spinning the best mid-century vinyl - all you have to do is bring a friend and come show some cheer.

Exploring Vincent Kling: Houses
by info, posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

By Daniel Vieyra and Grace Ong Yan, President of Docomomo-US Greater Philadelphia, and adapted from the event brochure, Vincent Kling: Houses, written and designed by Daniel Vieyra with graphics by by Karen Ramsey

On October 15, 2017, Docomomo US-Greater Philadelphia ran a successful tour, Vincent Kling: Houses that was months in the making. The sold out event was organized by board member, Daniel Vieyra, Ph.D., AIA. Vincent Kling: Houses was attended by fifty modern enthusiasts including architectural historians, architects, designers, and modern homeowners. It was part of both Docomomo's National Tour Day 2016 and DesignPhiladelphia.

Announcing the 2017 Membership Drive Winners
by info, posted on Friday, November 18, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's membership drive! As promised, those who renewed or became a member before October 31st, were entered to receive one of five complimentary registrations to the 2017 National Symposium, set to take place in Phoenix, Arizona March 29 - April 2, 2017.

Your membership plays a significant role in preserving our modern heritage and allows our community to advocate, provide education about, and tour significant modern buildings and sites across the country. Thank you for being a part of our collective voice!

Advocacy for Henri Jova's Round Bank continues
by info, posted on Thursday, November 17, 2016

By Docomomo US/Georgia

In early October, the building's new owners, Broward Development, brokered a deal with the Atlanta Urban Design Commission to have the nomination for landmark designation withdrawn. In return, Broward has withdrawn their SAP which included a request for a permit to demolish the building and build a self-storage facility in its place. Both parties have until April 2017 to determine an agreeable path forward.

Exploring Modernism in Your Backyard 2016
by info, posted on Friday, November 4, 2016


Thousands of participants across the country explored both modern masterpieces and local gems during Tour Day's ten year anniversary, Modernism in Your Backyard. All the tours and events that took place October 8th and throughout the month of October, celebrated, discovered, and brought attention to our rich modern heritage and the necessity to preserve it. We are extremely grateful to Martie Lieberman for being our official Tour Day sponsor and to all of our chapters, partners, and participants who joined us in exploring modern. Save the date for Tour Day 2017, which will be held on Saturday, October 7th!
A landmark day for Dallas' historic Meadows Building
by info, posted on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

a Modern architecture is celebrating another preservation win in the state of Texas; this time in Dallas. Just a couple weeks after the Harris County Commissioners voted unanimously to move forward with a major renovation project for the Astrodome, the Dallas Morning News featured an article announcing that the Chicago-based developers, GlenStar Properties are now going to "spare and restore" the historic Meadows Building.

Reflections on Beyond Modernism
by info, posted on Friday, November 4, 2016

By Theodore Prudon, FAIA

The title of this symposium could easily have been: Preservation and Advocacy of Modern Architecture and the March of Isms. Not only has most of our built environment been constructed in the decades after WW-II but the final quarter of the 20th Century has been prolific in stylistic expressions. Regardless of personal preference, all of this has to be considered as an integral part of our collective heritage.

Testimony needed in support of the Ambassador Grill
by info, posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2016

In a stunning turn of events, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously 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. 

The public hearing date has been set for November 22, 2016 and Docomomo US requests the participation of willing individuals to deliver testimony and all who are available join us in a collective show of support for this important designation.
Docomomo US receives National Park Service Media Grant for the Explore Modern project
by info, posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016

"Docomomo US receives National Park Service Media Grant for the Explore Modern project, a new visually vibrant and content rich online destination featuring the nation’s historic modern buildings, sites, landscapes and neighborhoods."

Docomomo US is pleased to announce the organization is a recipient of the National Park Service’s Center for Preservation Technology media grant for the Explore Modern project. The Explore Modern project builds upon the Docomomo US’ Register and will be incorporated into Docomomo US’ new website.

Awards Celebration a night to remember
by info, posted on Thursday, October 6, 2016

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Modernism in America Awards Ceremony. The event took place on Thursday September 22, 2016 at Design Within Reach in New York City and not only honored the ten projects receiving a 2016 Award, it also was a great party! 

New York premier of Eero Saarinen: The Architect who saw the Future
by info, posted on Friday, September 23, 2016

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. 

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