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Flashback: Preserving MoMo-interiors in the USA
by info, posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015

For the third installment of our Flashback series we are highlighting an article on preserving modern corporate interiors written by Docomomo US president, Theodore Prudon titled "Preserving MoMo-interiors in the USA" first published in the Docomomo Journal No. 22 - May 2000: Modern Houses.

The Docomomo Journal is published twice a year and is a benefit to Docomomo US International members. To renew or join as an International member, click JOIN.

Postmodernism Preserved: Michael Graves' Reinhold Apartment
by info, posted on Thursday, October 8, 2015

By Timothy Rohan

All Images: Michael Graves (American, 1934-2015). Library and Child's Bedroom from the Reinhold Apartment at 101 Central Park West, New York, New York, 1979-1981. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John, Susan, and Berkeley A. Reinhold, 86.179. Creative Commons-BY. Credit: © Peter Aaron/Esto

Inside a Brooklyn Museum warehouse is a remarkable relic of postmodernism: a suite of rooms designed and built between 1979 and 1981 by Michael Graves for Susan and John Reinhold’s apartment at 101 Central Park West, New York. This little known artifact has never been publicly displayed since being dismantled and donated to the museum in 1986. Part of a larger duplex, the suite consists of a library and child’s bedroom. Built-in bookshelves, wall paneling, and multi-tiered ceilings define the rooms, forming a completely designed, cohesive interior recalling French boiserie in concept. The suite exemplifies Graves’ signature style of muted colors and abstracted classicism, best known from his landmark Portland Building of 1982.1

Campaign to Restore Kiley Garden
by info, posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

By: Amanda Brown and Friends of Kiley Garden

A Dan Kiley designed landscape without trees or water features is a sad sight. Yet, the Tampa garden that now bears the name of landscape architect, Dan Urban Kiley, is just that. Dan Kiley was the leading American modernist landscape architects working in the postwar period, known for his work on the Lincoln Center plaza, Fountain Plaza in Dallas, Miller house garden and US Air Force campus garden designs.

Save The Church of the Nativity, in Manhattan
by info, posted on Friday, September 25, 2015

By Joseph Masheck 

I am a member of Docomomo because at the principal Mass of my parish church, Corpus Christi, I long sat in front of the indomitable Dorothy Miner (1936-2008). Dorothy, as many of you may know, received a medal from the Association of the Bar of the City of New York for her defense of the landmark preservation law. When she invited my wife and me to join the NY/Tristate chapter we were 2% of the membership because there were only a hundred members! I am now faced with a discouraging prospect, and I wish Dorothy were here for advice: the closing, and likely demolition of, the Church of the Nativity, on Second Avenue in Manhattan. Preservation aside, this is unfortunately part of a larger general program of the Archdiocese of New York to close and merge parishes, destroying buildings for the land – and indeed, another Saint Dorothy may be involved.

UPDATE: The Looming Threat to Orange Coast College
by info, posted on Thursday, September 24, 2015

Our June Brief brought attention to the potential threat facing the buildings designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander and Garrett Eckbo designed landscapes on the campus of Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa, California as a result of the district’s new master plan titled “Vision 2020.” Since then, an Environmental Impact Report, including a Historical Structures Report and Alternatives, has been completed. The district recently held a public forum to discuss their plans to move forward with Vision 2020, and though these buildings have been deemed worthy of designation on the National Register, their future is still threatened.

Modern Cuba Travel Tour 2016
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Modern Cuba: Continuity of Past and Present
May 14, 2016 – May 23, 2016
Havana, Cuba - Hotel Capri (8 nights)
Tour Leader: Belmont Freeman
Guest: Eduardo Luis Rodríguez 
Due to popular demand, Docomomo US is pleased to announce registration for a second 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 Cuba 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.
Visiting Breuer's House in the Garden
by info, posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015
By Meredith Arms Bzdak 

Images: Liz Waytkus

Last December, the DOCOMOMO US Board of Directors had a special opportunity to spend several days at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in Pocantico Hills, NY. Many happy hours were spent engaged in strategic planning meetings, but there was also time to explore the beautiful estate. The Pocantico Center is managed by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund as part of its agreement with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and includes a range of historic structures. While many are familiar with Kykuit, the John D. Rockefeller Estate completed in 1913, fewer are aware that the Pocantico Center also serves as the home of a Modern residence designed by Marcel Breuer.

Docomomo US welcomes three new Directors
by info, posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Docomomo US Board of Directors is pleased to welcome three new members to the board: Monica Schaffer, Bradford White, and Barbara Yanni. 

Foster Gunnison and his Magic Homes
by info, posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015

By Connie J. Zeigler

Pre-fabricated housing pioneer, Foster Gunnison, cut his modernist teeth on lighting design. His works illuminated New York’s Empire State Building and Rockefeller Centre. The machine-age aesthetic of these buildings influenced design across the nation.

Flashback: Rediscovering a Dwelling Machine
by info, posted on Thursday, September 10, 2015
Welcome to the second installment of our Flashback series that revisits past articles featured in the Docomomo Journal. 
This issue highlights an article on prefabrication by James Ashby titled "Re-discovering a dwelling machine: Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House (1928-45)" first published in the Docomomo Journal No. 22 - May 2000: Modern Houses.
Uncertain Future for the Neal Blaisdell Center
by info, posted on Friday, August 21, 2015
CHAPTER REPORT: Docomomo US/Hawaii
The Neal Blaisdell Center opened in 1964 as the Honolulu International Center, a world-class arts and entertainment campus. At its opening ceremonies, the Center was dedicated as a war memorial to Hawaii’s service members, with the expressed hope that the Center “will give every opportunity for growth of the minds and hearts of the people of Hawaii.”
The Neal Blaisdell Center. David Franzen, © Franzen Photography
Inside the Great Sapphire: Experience a Modernist Sacred Space
by info, posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Soaring space and jeweled light give medieval cathedrals their breath-taking effect. The Fish Church's architect, Wallace K. Harrison, was the first architect in North America to use dalle de verre stained glass in load-bearing walls to saturate the interior with magnificent color. His innovative contribution inspired hundreds of dalle de verre windows in sacred and secular buildings throughout the world. It is, as Harrison remarked, “like being inside a giant sapphire.”

Register now for the Inside the Giant Sapphire Forum-Dialogue taking place on Saturday, September 26,2015
Road Trip: Revisiting the Ephemeral Highway Landscape
by info, posted on Thursday, August 20, 2015

By Richard Longstreth, Frampton Tolbert, and Liz Waytkus

Summer is the perfect time to pack a suitcase or two, jump in the car, and go on a road trip. Inspired by Richard Longstreth's recent book Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard's Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant - a photo expose that captures ephemeral road side architecture across the United States in the 1970s - Frampton Tolbert, a preservationist and founder of Mid-Century Mundane, and Liz Waytkus, Executive Director of Docomomo US, embarked upon road trips of their own to see if some of these sites still exist and discovered new ones along the way.
© Road Trip: Roadside America, From Custard's Last Stand to the Wigwam Restaurant.
Olan G. & Aida T. Hafley House Restoration
by info, posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015
Welcome to our first installment of an in depth look at the award winning projects of the Modernism in America Awards Program.
Olan G. & Aida T. Hafley House
Design Award of Excellence | Residential
Project team
Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture, Inc. – Project Architect
Griswold Conservation Associates, LLC – Project Conservator
Structural Focus –Structural Engineer
Lisa Gimmy Landscape Architecture – Landscape Architect
Mannigan Design – Contractor
Lamprecht ArchiTEXTural – Architectural Historian
Flashback: Theory and Practice of Modern Regionalism in Cuba
by info, posted on Thursday, August 6, 2015
Welcome to our new Flashback series in which we revisit articles featured in past Docomomo Journals.  
Our first installment highlights modernism in Cuba with the article by Eduardo Luis Rodriguez titled "Theory and practice of modern regionalism in Cuba," first published in the Docomomo Journal No. 33 - Sept. 2005: The Modern Movement in the Caribbean Islands.
The Docomomo Journal is published twice a year and is a benefit to Docomomo US International members. To renew or join as an International member, click JOIN. Docomomo US has a limited number of Journal No. 33 in our vault. Copies can be purchased here
Tour Day 2015 Sneak Peek
by info, posted on Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Now in its nineth year, Tour Day 2015 will include unique tours and events around the country that will have you lacing up your favorite tennis shoes, grabbing your camera gear, and marking your calendars. 
Journal 52: Reuse, Renovation, and Restoration has arrived
by info, posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015
The latest issue of Docomomo International's journal has arrived in mailboxes worldwide. Journal 52: Reuse, Renovation, and Restoration addresses the challenge of dealing with modern architectural heritage in relation to its continuously changing physical, economic, political, and scientific context.
Summer Tour: Modern Homes of Litchfield
by info, posted on Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Join Docomomo US on Saturday, August 15th for a special full-day tour of Modern Homes of Litchfield, Connecticut. This summer tour offers guests a unique opportunity to visit an exceptional collection of modern homes designed by architects such as Marcel Breuer and fellow Harvard 5 architects, John Johansen, and Eliot Noyes. The Modern Homes of Litchfield tour will begin with an overview at the Litchfield Historical Society and include 4 Marcel Breuer designed homes with the last home, Stillman House (which happens to be a 2014 Modernism in America Design Citation of Merit recipient), including a reception.
Tune into USModernist Radio
by info, posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015
Docomomo US is pleased to support our friend organization North Carolina Modernist Houses' newest venture: USModernist Radio – a podcast that aims to explore the many facets of Modern architecture. Created by Modernist Houses founder George Smart, the podcast is described as “fun and sometimes irreverent” and features “interesting and expressive people who enjoy, own, create, dream about, preserve, love, and hate modernist architecture.”
Development Threatens Buckhead's Modern Heritage
by info, posted on Thursday, July 16, 2015
By Erica Danylchak, Executive Director of Buckhead Heritage Society
In Atlanta, Georgia, the community of Buckhead is facing renewed development and threats to important historic resources, including modern buildings along its Peachtree Road corridor. A survey by the Atlanta Regional Commission recently identified a significant collection of modern architecture along Buckhead's portion of the famous thoroughfare.
Photo (left): The Buckhead Christian Church. Credit: Buckhead Heritage Society
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