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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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