October 20, 2016

By Theodore Prudon, FAIA

The title of this symposium could easily have been: Preservation and Advocacy of Modern Architecture and the March of Isms. Not only has most of our built environment been constructed in the decades after WW-II but the final quarter of the 20th Century has been prolific in stylistic expressions. Regardless of personal preference, all of this has to be considered as an integral part of our collective heritage.

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National Symposium 2017: Phoenix, Arizona image

Docomomo US is pleased to announce we are partnering with our colleagues at Modern Phoenix to host the 2017 National Symposium in conjunction with the annual Modern Phoenix Week. Dates for the Symposium: March 29th through April 2nd are a bit earlier in the year to take advantage of the milder spring weather in Arizona. Additional details including tours and lectures will be released in early November 2016. SAVE THE DATES!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 5:00PM
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October 11, 2016

In a stunning turn of events, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to hear the UN Plaza Hotel (now ONE UN New York owned by Millennium Hotels and Resorts) lobby and Ambassador Grill as the city's 118th interior landmark. 

The public hearing date has been set for November 22, 2016 and Docomomo US requests the participation of willing individuals to deliver testimony and all who are available join us in a collective show of support for this important designation.
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U.S. Embassy in New Delhi
November 24, 2015
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Boston Avenue United Methodist Church
August 17, 2012
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Docomomo Ireland Hosts Conference

Docomomo Ireland will host a one-day conference on Wednesday, November 10th entitled:

What shall we do with the Modern Movement?

The conference will feature some of Ireland's and Europe's leading experts about contemporary best practice in relation to the inventorying, protection, management, reinterpretation, repair and conservation of modern 20th century architecture. The event will explore the significance of Ireland's Modern Movement heritage in a unique event intended to feed into the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage survey of Dublin, beginning in 2011.

Pre-registration is required.

The Architecture of Harry Weese

On Tuesday, October 26, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts will host a free lecture celebrating the release of The Architecture of Harry Weese, a new book by Robert Bruegmann and Kathleen Murphy Skolnik. The public is invited to experience the architecture of Harry Weese firsthand by joining Bruegmann for a lecture on the architect’s legacy in one of his most important buildings, the Church of Christ, Scientist, Chicago. Built in 1968, the church is a consummate example of the architect’s pioneering style and his significant contributions to Chicago’s architectural history. The lecture will be followed by a book signing.



The fourth Annual DOCOMOMO US Tour Day is upon us! Join DOCOMOMO US, our regional chapters and local
preservation organizations for  more than twenty modern
architecture tours throughout the United States.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Click here for the schedule and additional information.

Call for Papers: 1960 Rome Olympics

A multi-disciplinary conference hosted by the American Academy in Rome from 30 September-2 October 2010 will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1960 Rome Summer Olympics. The conference focuses on these Games as a cultural turning point, with a significance—for Italy, the United States, the Soviet Union, and many other countries—that far transcends the actual sporting events, where the level of competition was unusually high.

Docomomo U.S. Board meets in Boston

On the weekend of April 16th, the Docomomo U.S. Board convened for its annual “face-to-face” meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The gathering was organized by members of the New England Chapter and meetings were hosted in the Cambridge office of Bruner-Cott & Associates. The 2-day session focused on a review of the U.S. organization’s operational mission and strategies.

Architect John 'Jack' Warnecke, 1919-2010

Renowned architect John Carl “Jack” Warnecke died on April 17 at his home in Sonoma County, California at age 91.

Warnecke led one of the largest architectural firms in the nation — John Carl Warnecke and Associates - and produced designs for the Hawaii statehouse, embassies in Washington and abroad, structures at the U.S. Naval Academy, international airports and major universities. Warnecke was also responsible for designing the John F. Kennedy gravesite memorial at Arlington Cemetery.

Read his obituary here in the Press Democrat.

Modernist Architecture Comes of Age


Join the University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program for a day-long symposium exploring the preservation of historic modernist buildings and how to rehabilitate them to be sustainable and functional in the 21st century. DOCOMOMO US President Theo Prudon will be a featured speaker at the event.
Registration Fee: $100
For more information click here for a PDF.
Register online: www.uvm.edu/~modern


Federal Court Halts Demolition of Neutra's Gettysburg Cyclorama Center

A federal court has halted the National Park Service plan to demolish the 1961 Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander designed Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg.

In a comprehensive ruling, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia upheld a challenge filed by the Recent Past Preservation Network, Christine Madrid French and Dion Neutra. The court held that the U.S. National Park Service failed to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before deciding to tear down the historic building, and ordered the agency to consider alternatives to demolition.

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