Uncertain Future for the Neal Blaisdell Center

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

Road Trip: Revisiting the Ephemeral Highway Landscape

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

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

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
 

Development Threatens Buckhead's Modern Heritage

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

Moving History Forward in Riverside, Illinois

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 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.

SAVE THE DATE: Tour Day is October 10, 2015

SAVE THE DATE: Tour Day is October 10, 2015

Tour Day is Docomomo US’ annual national event that works to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century. Now in its eighth year, Tour Day invites organizations and people across the country to take stock of significant 20th century built design in their state, city, region or neighborhood and celebrate that work with a tour. 

If you have an idea for a tour that celebrates modernism in your area, click hereTo register your event for Tour Day, please complete the following form with the details of your event. For more information or email us at info(AT)docomomo-us(DOT)org.


Date information
Saturday, October 10, 2015 1:00PM

The Looming Threat to Orange Coast College

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.

The Statler Hotel's Rebirth

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.
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