Chapters kick off 2017: Advocacy, Tours, Lectures and more


Docomomo US Staff


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Docomomo US/Greater Philadelphia's January One Building One Brew event

In additon to national events like the National Symposium in Phoenix, the Modernism in America Awards, and Tour Day and monitoring ongoing advocacy issues like the Parker Center, Thompson Center, Peavey Plaza and more, Docomomo US chapters and friend organizations have planned amazing tours and lectures, launched initiatives and are monitoring advocacy issues of their own.

Below are some of the highlights taking place in the coming months.


Docomomo US | Greater Philadelphia

By Allee Davis, Secretary & Board Member

To kick off 2017, the Docomomo-US Greater Philadelphia Chapter held its One Building One Brew happy hour on Friday, January 20. The group visited Robert Venturi’s Guild House (1960-1963) and learned about the unordinary way the architect employed ordinary architectural elements to this richly contextual building. After, the neighboring Latvian Society of Philadelphia graciously hosted the group for drinks and light fare. Special t-shirts featuring a sketch of Guild House by talented board member Ben Leech were made available for sale to help celebrate the occasion (You can still purchase a t-shirt HERE). The evening was full of conversation focused on Philadelphia Modernism and the chapter’s upcoming programming for the year. The next One Building One Brew event will take place in March with an event around modernism at the Swarthmore College campus planned for the Spring or Summer time. Follow on Facebook for updates and more information.



Docomomo US | MidTexMod

By Sara Luduena, Board Member

As part of the 2017 Preservation Texas Summit, Mid Tex Mod is organizing a tour of mid-century resources in the central Texas city of Waco. Texas' statewide preservation advocacy non-profit, Preservation Texas, hosts this annual Summit which includes educational sessions, the presentation of honor awards, and the announcement of each year's Most Endangered Places list. This year's Summit--an event typically held in Austin--will be in Waco.
In the 1950s and 1960s, post-War development in Waco and the expansion of Lake Waco resulted in a rich legacy of mid-century modern houses, commercial buildings, religious and other institutional structures, such as Temple Rodef Sholom. Midcentury Modern Waco will explore a range of privately-owned structures and cultural landscapes in the Lockwood, Hillcrest and Lake Shore sections of Waco designed by architects from Waco, Dallas and Houston.
Credit: Temple Rodef Sholom

More Updates

Docomomo US | Georgia
This past year members of the Georgia chapter were instrumental in saving Breuer's Atlanta Public Library. As the new year begins, the chapter is continuing to monitor issues facing both The Atlanta Constitution Building and the redevelopment of Atlanta's Colony Square.
The developer of Colony Square, North American Properties, and project team (which includes architects and engineers from Beyer Blinder Belle and Lord Aeck Sargent) presented the current plans and scope of the project to The Development Review Committee and broader community on January 10, 2017.  
Docomomo US | SoCal
In November, Docomomo US/Socal promoted and participated in a lecture by acclaimed architect Paffard Keatinge-Clay who worked with Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Mies van der Rohe. For those who were unable to attend, the lecture is now available online curtesy of the USC School of Architecture. Visit SoCal's Facebook page to stay up to date on future events, advocacy, and activities.

Friend Organization | Landmark Columbus
Landmark Columbus just announced its partnership with First Christian Church and Heritage Fund - The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County to launch Friends of First Christian Church Architecture. The new organization's focus is on helping refurbish the church, Columbus’ first Modernist architectural work and National Historic Landmark designed by Eliel Saarinen with help from his son, Eero.
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