Modern League Takes off to New Haven

Come explore the modern mecca of New Haven, CT with Docomomo US' young professional group the Modern League. This all day tour will include an extensive walking tour of modern architecture buildings by Paul Rudolph, Louis Kahn, Charles Moore, Cesar Pelli and an interior tour of Eero Saarinen's Ingalls Hockey Rink with addition by successor firm Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates. The day will end with New Haven's famous pizza. Register today!

Vermont Modern Architecture Tour

From vacation homes and ski houses to college buildings and neighborhood dwellings, Vermont’s modern architecture appears and flourishes in modest but distinctive fashion both individually and as part of their significant mid-twentieth century developments: ski areas and vacation resort areas near the Green Mountains, college campuses, and the neighborhoods of its most populous city, Burlington.

 

Date information
Saturday, August 2, 2014 9:30AM

On Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3, the New England Chapter of Docomomo US is offering a two-day guided tour of significant modern buildings in central and northern Vermont. The weekend will include interior and exterior tours of private residences by Allan Gelbin, Peter Eisenman, Eliot Noyes, Dan Kiley, Marcel Beaudin, and design-build architect David Sellers, as well as campus buildings by Sellers at Goddard College. Devin Colman, Architectural Historian for the State of Vermont, home-owners and facility managers, local architects, and members of the docomomo-US/New England Board will provide discussion, historical information, and commentary about the structures and their preservation challenges.

 
Cost:
DOCOMOMO member (US or International member): $80.00 (two days), $40.00 (one day)
Non-DOCOMOMO member: $100 (two days), $50.00 (one day)
 

Membership can be purchased at www.docomomo-us.org/join and costs $65 annually for individuals, $25 for students, and $100 dual.

To Register:

Please mail your check payable to docomomo-US/New England to:
Marie S.A. Sorensen AIA
Attention: docomomo-US/New England VT Tour 2014
5 Newport Road #5
Cambridge, MA 02140
 
Please include your e-mail address in the check’s memo line. Upon receipt, an e-mail confirmation will be sent to you with the complete itinerary including addresses for each of the buildings on the tour.
 
Logistics:
The Saturday tour begins at 9:30 am in Norwich, VT and ends at 8:30 pm in Burlington, VT.
The Sunday tour begins at 9:00 am in Burlington, VT and ends at 5:30 pm in Killington, VT.
 
Participants will drive their own vehicles and should purchase overnight accommodations in Burlington for Saturday night. We recommend you make your overnight reservations as soon as possible. Lunch stops will be included each day, and all meals are at participants’ own expense.
 
Tour participants who are able to offer carpool seats to others should indicate their ability to do so with a note enclosed with their registration check (please include quantity of seats available). Those who need a carpool ride should also indicate this need with their registration check. If you are in need of a carpool ride, your check will not be deposited until we have matched you with a driver. Drivers and those in need of a carpool will be introduced via e-mail and should make individual arrangements to meet on Saturday morning prior to driving to the first tour stop. Arrangements between carpooling parties should include coordination of accommodations for Saturday night.
 
Questions:
Direct questions by e-mail to Marie S.A. Sorensen AIA, Content Coordinator, Docomomo US/New England, by reply to this e-mail. 
To learn more about the New England chapter of Docomomo US, please visit us online.

In Search of New Jersey Modernism: A Survey of Progressive Architecture 1944-1970

By Marlana Moore
 
New Jersey is a state not often renowned for its beauty, elegance and innovation, especially in context to its postwar suburban development. My internship for Docomomo US New York/Tristate took me through twenty-five years of the periodical Progressive Architecture in search of New Jersey modernism. Progressive Architecture was a national publication active in the heyday of modernism, from the 1940s – 1980s which was meant to showcase innovative buildings, trends, methods and practices occurring in the field of architecture. The internship program I participated in, part of the Rutgers University Department of Art History, seeks to identify and document modernist architecture in New Jersey. The sites I found have been added to a growing database of buildings, sites and architects who were active in New Jersey.

Mellon Square: Pittsburgh's Seminal Modernist Park

By Susan Rademacher, Parks Curator
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
 
The rededication of Mellon Square on May 29, 2014 marked the celebration of a $10 million project by the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy to restore a celebrated, but long-neglected, Modernist landscape. Hailed as a masterwork when it originally opened in 1955, Mellon Square was the first modern garden plaza built atop a parking garage, and a forerunner of green roof design. Today it is once again an oasis of beauty in the city’s urban center.

Tour Day 2014

Tour Day 2014

Save the date! Docomomo US Tour Day is set for Saturday, October 11, 2014 

Tour Day is our national annual event bringing together Docomomo US chapters, architecture and preservation organizations, members, students, architects, historians and the general public to celebrate the modern movement in the US. Docomomo US welcomes preservation organizations across the country to join the event by hosting a tour in your area. If you have an idea for a tour that celebrates modernism in your area, click here
To register your event for Tour Day, please complete the following form with the details of your event.

Date information
Saturday, October 11, 2014 1:00AM

Learning from Prentice

Prentice | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Prentice Interior | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Prentice Meeting | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Outreach Day | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Chicago Modern Lecture | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Panel Discussion | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Advertising on the L train | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Prentice Rally | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Bowling for Prentice | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Chicago Architecture Foundation Tour | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Demolition | Source: Chris Enck
Demolition | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Prentice Demolition | Source: Save Prentice Coalition
Prentice | Source: Hedrich Blessing


Gio Ponti: Fantasia Italiana in New York

Alitalia Offices, 5th Avenue, NY; Gio Ponti, 1958. | Source: Gio Ponti Archives
Alitalia Offices, 5th Avenue, NY; Gio Ponti, 1958. | Source: Gio Ponti Archives
Furniture Window and Organized Walls, Altamira, NY, Gio Ponti, 1953. | Source: Gio Ponti Archives
“A Dining Room to Look At", mechanized dining-room displayed at the MUSA exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum, NY, Gio Ponti, 1950 | Source: Gio Ponti Archives
Auditorium at the 8th Floor at the Time Life Building; NY, Gio Ponti, 1959. | Source: Gio Ponti Archives
Auditorium at the 8th Floor at the Time Life Building; NY, Gio Ponti, 1959. | Source: Gio Ponti Archives
Auditorium at the 8th Floor at the Time Life Building; NY, Gio Ponti, 1959. | Source: Gio Ponti Archives
Auditorium at the 8th Floor at the Time Life Building; NY, Gio Ponti, 1959. | Source: Gio Ponti Archives


Remembering Lucia Eames (1930-2014)

Lucia Eames, the only child of Charles Eames passed away on April 1, 2014 at the age of 83. Born in St. Louis to Charles and his first wife Catherine Woermann, Lucia was an accomplished artist and graphic designer, and mother of five children. After Ray's death in 1988, Lucia became the owner of the Eames Office and in 2004 she established the Eames Foundation, which oversees the Eames House in Pacific Palisades, California.

That's a Wrap Houston!

By Jessica Smith

Preservation professionals and modernist enthusiasts from all over the country journeyed down to the Lone-Star State last month to celebrate Docomomo US’ second annual National Symposium where everything is big from the hats, hair, and modern architecture. Co-sponsored with Houston Mod, the Symposium took place at Houston’s University of St. Thomas, designed by Phillip Johnson in 1958, a location that facilitated the weekend’s discussions about modern architecture’s significance and role today. The jam-packed, three-day event offered guests a birds-eye view of modernism in Texas, the current state of preserving modernism, the ground-breaking work of architectural archivists and challenge to preserve the ephemeral. 

The Campaign to Save Shukhov Tower

By Natalia Melikova of the Constructivist Project

The Shukhov Tower on Shabolovka Street in Moscow made its first radio broadcast on March 19, 1922 and its first television broadcast on March 10, 1939. The first and largest of Vladimir Shukhov's hyperboloid towers, it is recognized as an engineering marvel and a masterpiece of constructivist architecture. In its 92 years of existence, it has come to be a symbol of progress, industrialization, and mass communication. With threats of dismantlement coming in just the last eight weeks, the Russian and international community have rallied behind its preservation.
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