The Fight for the Melnikov House

“The Melnikov House has been shouting SOS already for several months, but nobody is listening...” - Ekaterina Karinskaya
The Melnikov House in Moscow is in imminet danger though well-known and highly-praised internationally
In addition to the house, the archives of the Melnikovs (including many paintings by Viktor Melnikov) are at stake
The plaque in front of the house describes it as an “architectural and historical monument” & “protected by the government”
The front facade is steadily sagging & the glass is cracking. The inscription at the top reads, “Konstantin Melnikov, architect”
The physical condition of the Melnikov house was worsened by the demolition of neighboring buildings on Arbat St. in August 2012
A temporary STOP work order is needed to give experts time to reevaluate the construction effects on the Melnikov House
A diagram (modified in red) showing the house surrounded by construction sites, underground garages, and flow of groundwater
The view of the construction site from the roof of the Melnikov House
“If buildings could cry ... the Melnikov House would” - nearby, the source of the threat is visible and audible from the house
1st floor – bathroom: a NEW crack since the beginning of the construction work (photo from March 5, 2013)
1st floor - boy's room: a NEW crack (far left) plus the worsening of previous cracks (photo from March 5, 2013)
3rd floor – studio, a NEW crack with a marker to track its growth (photo from March 5, 2013)
Visitors to the house always come away with a sense of awe. Pictured here, the 3rd floor studio.
Melnikov's granddaughter with N. Vassiliev, X. Vytuleva, F. Scott & 9 students from Columbia University on a visit to the house


Braniff Operations and Maintenance Building: Threatened

A number of preservation advocates, including the North Texas (NTX) chapter of Docomomo US, are concerned about the future of the iconic Braniff Operations and Maintenance Building (OMB), located at Love Field in Dallas, Texas. Recent briefings to the Dallas City Council by City of Dallas Aviation Department have included recommendations for demolition of the OMB to allow construction of an automobile showroom dealership.

Tour Day 2012

Tour Day 2012

2012 Tours and Events


Tour Day is a 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. Click on a state below to find out what is happening in your area.


Date information
Saturday, October 6, 2012 9:00AM

2012 Modernism Prize - Call for Nominations

World Monuments Fund (WMF) invites nominations for the 2012 World Monuments Fund/Knoll Modernism Prize, which will be awarded this fall to a design professional or firm in recognition of innovative design solutions that preserved or saved a modern landmark at risk. The biennial prize was established to raise public awareness of the contribution modernism makes to contemporary life, the important place modernism holds in the architectural record, and the influential role that architects and designers play in preserving modern heritage. 

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December 2011

November 2011

October 2011

Palm Springs Modernism Week

Palm Springs Modernism Week
Tramway Gas Station (1965) by Albert Frey and Robson C. Chambers
Modernism Week is an exciting 11-day celebration of mid-century modern design, architecture, and culture in Palm Springs, California. This design aesthetic originated in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, and was typified by clean, simple lines which came to define desert modernism. Modernism Week is filled with a variety of events including architectural tours, films, lectures, an architectural symposium, educational events, and chic, fun parties in cool mid-century modern homes.
Date information
Thursday, February 16, 2012 5:00AM

Welcome

July 17, 2014
By Christine Lazzaretto
 
Located in Inglewood, CA, the Forum opened with great fanfare in 1967 as the home to Los Angeles’ newest sports franchises: the Lakers (basketball) and Kings (hockey). When the Forum opened in the late 1960s, it had an immediate and significant impact on the cultural landscape of Southern California. To the City of Inglewood, the Forum was an important part of the local economy and inextricably linked with the City’s identity – Inglewood became known as the “City of Champions” due primarily to the success of the Lakers. In 1999, the Lakers and Kings relocated to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles – a move that was devastating to the City of Inglewood – and the Forum was sold to a local church. The Forum was underutilized, in disrepair, and faced possible demolition when it was purchased by the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) in 2012. 
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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.

 

Saturday, August 2, 2014 1:30PM
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July 8, 2014
By Lisa Napoles
 
One element of the dialogue that arose from the campaign to save the former Prentice Women’s Hospital designed by Bertrand Goldberg focused on the feasibility of repairing and preserving thin shell concrete structures. Thin shell concrete is costly and complicated to maintain, and, as in the case of Prentice, designs that are highly specific to the building’s original function can present challenges to adaptive re-use.
 
Photo (left): State Farm Center (formerly University of Illinois Assembly Hall), Harrison & Abramovitz, architects, 1957-1963. Photo credit: Creative Commons
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SELECTIONS FROM THE REGISTER
Geller House
October 27, 2011
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Ennis House
August 17, 2012
Ennis House image
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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.

 

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