Symposium At Cummer To Honor Mid-Century Modern Architects And Architecture on January 15, 2008

Jacksonville, Florida, January 15, 2008.

The Jacksonville Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and DOCOMOMO Florida are sponsoring a one-day symposium highlighting the achievements of architecture's Modern Movement in Northeast Florida.

The event will be held at the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens (829 Riverside Ave., Jacksonville) on March 1, 2008. A morning session with presentations by North Florida's most well-know architects and by nationally recognized architectural scholars will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last until 12:45 p.m.

An optional three-hour bus tour of Jacksonville's modern masterpieces will depart at 2:00 p.m. The tour - including refreshments - will be offered at a nominal price. The morning sessions will be free and open to the general public.

Just as Victorian architecture in the U.S. was widely obliterated 50 years ago, outstanding architecture of the 1950s through early 1970s has become increasingly imperiled by redevelopment and an appetite for newer - but not necessarily better - buildings.

Northeast Florida is home to exemplary works of modern architecture from the post-war era (sometimes referred to as "Mid-Century Modern") by esteemed architects such as Welton Becket, Paul Rudolph, Robert Broward, William Morgan and Taylor Hardwick.

AIA-Jacksonville and DOCOMOMO Florida expect many of these architects to participate in the March 1st function. They will be joined by Alfred Browning Parker and Gene Leedy, from Gainesville and Winter Haven, respectively - two of Florida's most influential architects since 1945, and numerous architectural historians.


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