March 2011 E-News Brief
Eero Saarinen’s historic 1962 TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport is preparing for its first twenty-first century journey, this time as an upscale boutique hotel. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey issued a request for proposals late last month, and is currently soliciting proposals for the soaring concrete and glass cantilevered terminal built during the coming-of-age for air travel. After undergoing a $20 million restoration, the Port Authority expects the current phase of restoration to be completed and a developer for the site reached by early spring of this year.
Recent sessions for developers and interested contractors at the site showcased restoration of the lower and upper lobby levels of the main hall, restoration of the “East Flight Tube” bridge, and removal and restoration of portions of the exterior. Contrasting the white and glass curvilinear forms, the original lounge area covered in lush red fabric has also been restored.
Some portions of the interior including the departures boards and café areas have not been restored and it remains to be seen how much of the landmarked structure might survive the “bottom-line” driven developer’s knife.With its “broad expanses of window-walls”, its “transparent”, “soaring” and “sculptural” shapes, it is hard to imagine how one might design a hotel in such a space. The question is a difficult geometric dilemma as well as a financial one.
Neutra at 85: 1926-2011
April 8-11, 2011
Join the Neutra firm as they celebrate 85 years in practice with a full weekend of house tours, films and discussions. For more information download the PDF flyer, and click here to reserve your space.
Lecture Series: Texas MODern Month
April 11-13, 2011
DOCOMOMO US chapter president Theodore Prudon will lecture in three Texas cities this April: Houston, April 11th; Dallas, April 12th and Austin, April 13th. The lectures will discuss the preservation of modern architecture, the need to advocate for Texas modern heritage, and the vital role modern preservation groups are making on the international, national, and local levels.
Each lecture is hosted by a local Texas chapter or friend organization of DOCOMOMO US, which include Houston Mod, the first friend organization of DOCOMOMO US, DOCOMOMO US/North Dallas Chapter, and DOCOMOMO US/Mid-Tex Mod, which includes Austin and San Antonio. These lectures are being held to support the statewide effort by Preservation Texas to promote April as MODern Month in Texas, and to raise awareness of the need to preserve locally, regionally, and nationally significant examples of modern buildings, sites, and neighborhoods in Texas.
Details at PreservationTexas.org.
Orange County Modernism: The Legacy of Paul Rudolf
April 16, 2011
Seligman Homestead, Sugarloaf, NY
Join DOCOMOMO US chapter president Thedore Prudon and DOCOMOMO US/New England chapter presodent David Fixler at a lecture on the legacy of architect Paul Rudolf. The talk will focus on the architectural significance of Late Modern architecture, specifically Paul Rudolph’s work, as well as the challenges and opportunities in preserving Late Modern architecture.
Limited Space available. RSVP to Erin Tobin: email etobin(at)preservenys.org or call 518-462-5658 x12
For more information, download the PDF flyer.
Society of Architectural Historians 64th Annual Meeting
April 13-17, 2011
New Orleans, LA
Several local DOCOMOMO board members will participate in the Society of Architectural Historians 64th Annual Meeting in New Orleans April 13-17, 2011. Special events include a historic preservation seminar on post-disaster preservation, a roundtable discussion on the challenges faced by the local chapter to preserve modernism, and a tour of modernist sites around the city.
On Wednesday April 13th Keli Rylance (Board Member, DOCOMOMO US, and Head, Southeastern Architectural Archive and the School of Architecture Library) and Eleanor Shelby Burke (Board Member DOCOMOMO US/NOLA, and Deputy Director New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission) will participate in Historic Preservation Seminar: Post-Disaster Preservation: The Best and Worst Case Scenarios.
On Friday April 15th Francine Stock (President, DOCOMOMO US/NOLA and Curator of Tulane School of Architecture New Orleans Virtual Archive), and Keli Rylance will lead discussion about the fate of New Orleans modernism in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita (2005). The conversation will include an assessment of the National Preservation Act’s Section 106 Process as it has been applied to midcentury modernism.
On Saturday April 16th Stock and Rylance will lead a tour of Modernism in New Orleans. Beginning along Canal Street, home to many of the modernist firms, the tour will follow this mercantile artery into Mid-City, where it will loop around into historic Treme to stop at the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School (Charles R. Colbert, 1955), a World Monuments Fund watch site. From there, the tour will stop at several residences along Bayou St. John and in the Lakeshore neighborhood, culminating at the home of native architect Albert C. Ledner.
Conference registration is open.
The Glass House: Conversations in Context
May 19-November 17, 2011
Join a leading mind in architecture, art, landscape, history, design, or preservation and experience the Glass House campus through an entirely new lens. Listen to a personal narrative, interpretation, or inspiration by a special guest while walking the site with an intimate group of visitors. Continue the dialogue during a reception at the Glass House following the tour. DOCOMOMO US chapter president Theodore Prudon and Shashi Caan, president of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers will host an evening tour and reception on July 21. For a full list of hosts and to buy tickets, visit the Glass House website.
There are two open positions at the GETTY CENTER in Los Angeles, California.
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