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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. 

Roland Gommel Roessner's Pohl House: Recap
by info, posted on Friday, September 23, 2016

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
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Friday, September 23, 2016

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
by info, posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016

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
by info, posted on Thursday, September 8, 2016

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
by info, posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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.

Sneak Peek: Tour Day 2016
by info, posted on Tuesday, September 6, 2016
 
Landmark Columbus launches ambitious program: Exhibit Columbus
by info, posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016

By Richard McCoy

This spring Landmark Columbus announced a big, ambitious program: Exhibit Columbus, a biennial exploration of architecture, art, design, and community.

Discussing modernism One Building, One Brew at a time
by info, posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

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
by info, posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

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.”

Minnesota's 2016 Mod Mixer
by info, posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

Docomomo US MN’s annual spring Mod Mixer brings together Modernism enthusiasts from across the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro at a local Modern furniture store. The Mixer is just one of the many events Docomomo US MN hosts throughout the year to stimulate an interest in and educate the public about Modern design in Minnesota and to advocate for its preservation.

The Nuclear Reactor Building Saga Continues
by info, posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016

By Eugenia Woo, Docomomo US/WEWA

The National Register-listed Nuclear Reactor Building isn't looking too good these days. The University of Washington (UW) erected a chain link fence around the site in May to prepare for demolition. On June 20, the University began deconstructing the building—WITHOUT a demolition permit. The UW submitted a demolition application in early May but evidently just could not wait to start destroying this significant structure.

An Affair to Remember
by info, posted on Thursday, June 30, 2016

By Docomomo US/New York - Tristate

On Wednesday, June 15th, the Docomomo US New York/Tri-State chapter celebrated the legacy of the iconic, Philip Johnson-designed Four Seasons Restaurant in Manhattan with their second biannual fundraising event, A Modern Affair. This event was designed to build on the success of the chapter’s first fundraiser, held in 2014 at the Alvar Aalto Rooms of the Edgar J. Kaufmann Conference Center, and to benefit the preservation education and advocacy efforts of the chapter. A Modern Affair also offered an opportunity to honor Phyllis Lambert, whose vision enabled the creation of the landmark interior space.

Preservation of Mid-Century Modern Building Materials Workshop
by info, posted on Thursday, July 21, 2016

By Docomomo US/Oregon

On May 21, 2016 Docomomo US/Oregon co-sponsored a joint workshop with the Association of Preservation Technology Northwest Chapter titled Preservation of Mid-Century Modern Building Materials. The full day event venue was held at the mid-century Pietro Belluschi designed Central Lutheran Church in Portland, Oregon.

Announcing the Winners of the 2016 Modernism in America Awards
by info, posted on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Docomomo US is pleased to announce ten winners of the 2016 Modernism in America Awards program. These projects are exemplary of the efforts going on all over the country as the awareness of the importance to advocate, restore and celebrate the architecture, landscapes and typologies of postwar society in the United States continues to expand.

GE part of a national move away from big, suburban office parks
by info, posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016
By Tom Condon
This article was originally published in the CT Mirror on May 26, 2016
 
When General Electric first suggested that it might pull its corporate headquarters out of Connecticut, in June of 2015, the company’s rationale appeared to be taxes and the business climate. But when it made the actual announcement in January that it would move to Boston, the message had changed.
A Short History of Pepsi’s Architecture
by info, posted on Thursday, June 16, 2016

By Jimmy Stamp

The corporate campus for PepsiCo, designed by Edward Durell Stone, has served as the company's world headquarters since their move to the suburbs in 1967. After an estimated $243 million dollar renovation beginning in 2013, and despite company-wide downsizing, the campus continues to exist as it was originally designed despite the national trend of corporations moving back to city-centers. 

The article below examines the events surrounding Pepsi's decision to move from its New York City headquarters and the influences that defined Stone's iconic design. A version of this article originally appeared on Smithsonian.com (September 2013)

Update: Bell Labs reopened and reimagined
by info, posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

By Gwendolyn Horton

After being abandoned in 2007, the preservation and use for Saarinen's Bell Labs in Holmdel, New Jersey has been a reoccuring topic of discussion over recent years. Purchased by Somerset Development in 2013, the vision of Ralph Zucker, President of Somerset Development to reinvent the space as a "New Urbanist Hub" has begun to be realized.

Mayor Hinds, 230 students and 50 companies participated in the recent job fair hosted by Bell Works 
General Motors Technical Center
by info, posted on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

During the Docomomo US National Symposium in Detroit this past week, attendees had the unique opportunity to visit the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. Hosted by General Motors and the Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, the tour not only allowed us to see the incredible architecture and design of Saarinen's corporate masterpiece but also showed the care and stewardship as the complex continues to age.

The excerpt below takes a look back at the vision that both Eero Saarinen and Harley Earl had for General Motors and how it redefined the image and perception of what the corporate campus could and should be.

Modern Havana December 2016
by info, posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Modern Havana
December 3, 2016 – December 10, 2016
Havana, Cuba - Melia Cohiba Hotel (6 nights)
Tour Leader: Belmont Freeman
Guest: Eduardo Luis Rodríguez 
 
Docomomo US is pleased to announce registration for a third educational travel tour of modern architecture in Havana, Cuba. Guests will experience the rich architectural past of this long elusive Caribbean island located just 90 miles south of U.S. soil. Modern Havana offers a unique travel opportunity in a small group setting featuring access to modern homes and buildings considered off the beaten path or not ordinarily open to the public. Download the Modern Havana Brochure.
 
Image: Escuelas Nacionales de Arte (1959-1964)
 

 

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