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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
Symposium Recap
by info, posted on Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Moving History Forward in Riverside, Illinois
by info, posted on Monday, July 6, 2015

By Michelangelo Sabatino, Photos by Serge Ambrose

Preserving a modernist house can be a challenging process that requires a range of skills: observation, historical research, and sense for design. Equally important is the skill of patience if one hopes to learn to enjoy the process. Unlike a classic automobile that must be returned to its original condition in order to hold its value, the preservation of a modernist house that has undergone inappropriate ‘improvements’ requires a creative approach that combines an understanding of history with an appreciation for the future. In short, one must be able and willing to move history forward.

Capitol Towers: Sacramento's Modernist Gem
by info, posted on Thursday, July 2, 2015

By Flora Chou

Sacramento’s Capitol Towers is a little-known but excellent example of modernist urban housing. Built between 1959 and 1965 as the residential element of Sacramento’s first realized urban redevelopment project, its all-star design team emphasized human-scaled urban living that mixed low-rise garden apartments in a park-like setting with a modern high rise and a public plaza at the heart. The resulting assembly of vertical and horizontal building elements, linked by landscaped spaces and a now-mature tree canopy, created a well-scaled, well-planned, and highly livable community.

The Statler Hotel's Rebirth
by info, posted on Thursday, June 18, 2015
After facing the threat of demolition and an uncertain future, Dallas’ historic Statler Hilton Hotel, will be entering a new chapter in October 2016  as a mixed-use hotel, residential, and retail center. Designed by New York architect William Tabler, the Statler was lauded in 1956 at its opening as “the first and finest hotel of the modern era.” The current owners, Centurion American Development, secured 46.5 million dollars from the city of Dallas and announced in April it would be partnering with Hilton's Curio Collection.
Follow the links to read articles from both the Dallas Culture Map and the Dallas Business Journal on the plans surrounding the Statler's transformation.
The Looming Threat to Orange Coast College
by info, posted on Monday, June 29, 2015
A year has passed since the Coast Community College District in Costa Mesa, California announced a new master plan titled “Vision 2020” that threatened buildings designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander and Garrett Eckbo designed landscapes with demolition. A draft Program Environmental Impact Report found that these buildings and landscapes were of historic significance and eligible for designation on the National Register of Historic Places. Docomomo US SoCal and other advocates called for a more environmentally reponsible approach that incorporated these buildings into the master plan instead of replacing them with a "grand lawn." Now the environmental review process is nearing completion and soon a decision will be made whether these significant buildings and landscaped will be saved.
LIVE from Minnesota
by info, posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015

The third annual Docomomo US National Symposium is officially underway! This year's Symposium will be our largest gathering ever with guests joining us from all over the country and the world. Over the next four and a half days, attendees will hear the latest in modern preservation efforts, have the opportunity to experience the unique architecture throughout the state of Minnesota, and enjoy a multifaceted schedule of special events and exclusive tours.

The schedule at a glance is now posted on the symposium website and tickets are available at the door. To see what's taking place each day, follow Docomomo US on Facebook (DOCOMOMO US), Twitter (@docomomo_us), and Instagram (@docomomous) and follow along with the hashtags #ModPrairie and #Doco2015MN.

The International Style in St. Louis Commercial Architecture
by info, posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015

By Michael R. Allen

The influence of the International style on modernist commercial architecture in St. Louis reveals a deep and wide lineage of works, including some recognized even internationally for their genius, while also showing fits of timidity and artistic mediocrity. Generally St. Louis clients favored less stylistically-pronounced building forms, and no local designers were dogmatic adherents to the style. The city’s restrictions on curtain wall construction until 1961 inhibited the development of the style in the city limits, forcing designers to embrace a masonry-bound strain of the International style that emphasized heavy geometry and melded on each temporal end with Art Moderne and New Brutalist movements.
L.A.’s Parker Center: Should Buildings with Difficult Histories be Saved?
by info, posted on Monday, May 18, 2015

By Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy

Slated for demolition and redevelopment, Parker Center in Downtown Los Angeles and efforts to save it hit a snag in early May but ultimately there may be a resolution in sight. For years there has been a much-debated question of whether or not the building should even be preserved. Now, after nearly six months of efforts to designate the building as a local landmark, a procedural error by the City forces the process to begin again from start. The good news is the City has just introduced a motion to study another preservation alternative that hopefully will find the right balance between preservation and limited demolition of the building. What Parker Center and efforts to save it illustrate is a similar conversation happening in places all over the United States, as aspects of growth and politics come together either for or against preservation. 

A Bitter-Sweet Ending for the Campaign to Save the Lewis & Clark Branch Library
by info, posted on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Update by Lindsey Derrington

Docomomo US Friend Organization Modern STL led the hard-fought campaign to preserve North St. Louis County’s Lewis and Clark Branch Library from 2012 to 2014. The library, designed by Frederick Dunn, FAIA with stunning stained glass windows by nationally-prominent artist Robert Harmon, opened to acclaim in January 1963. Less than fifty years later, however, it was marked for demolition and replacement by the St. Louis County Library Board of Trustees. This was because of its age and in open disregard of its reuse potential, which Modern STL demonstrated through sustained outreach efforts focused on the building’s excellent condition and ideal suitability for a financially-responsible addition to meet SLCL’s stated programmatic needs. Modern STL’s board, members, and partners are the grateful recipients of Docomomo US’ 2015 Modernism in America Awards Citation of Merit for their efforts, but the timing is bittersweet.

Announcing the 2015 Modernism in America Awards Winners
by info, posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Docomomo US has the pleasure to announce eleven selected winners of the 2015 Modernism in America Award program. These exceptional projects are emblematic of the work going on all over the country and represent buildings and building typologies of postwar society in the United States.


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