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.

DOCOMOMO US at the Society of Architectural Historians, Chicago

Join Theo Prudon and Graham Balkany, leader of the 2009 international preservation campaign to save Chicago’s Michael Reese Hospital as a newly attributed work of Walter Gropius, in a discussion of the synergy between research discoveries and advocacy for understudied and underappreciated modernist buildings. Members of DOCOMOMO, preservationists, historians, and enthusiasts of modernism are invited
to share accounts of research that has come to the rescue of “non-iconic” modernism.

DOCOMOMO US at the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, Columbian Room

April 23, 2010, 12 - 1:30pm

Theo Prudon, President, DOCOMOMO US, Facilitator

Cape Cod Modern House Trust saves Kugel/Gips House.

The Cape Cod Modern House Trust will welcome visitors to the Kugel/Gips House, which it restored and updated with the help of volunteers including Fox Diehl Architects. The 2,200-square-foot residence was designed by Charles Zhender, one of the most prolific Modernist architects on the Cape during the 1960s and ’70s.

Read the full story here: http://archrecord.construction.com/news/daily/archives/2010/100402capecod.asp

Winter 2010 Newsletter

The DOCOMOMO US Newsletter is here! Highlights include articles on Breuer, the DOCOMOMO US annual Modern Architecture Tour Day (save the date: October 9, 2010), and the upcoming Docomomo International conference in Mexico City, August 19-27, 2010.

Download the PDF here

Stop the Disfigurement of John Hejduk's 'Kreuzberg Tower' in Berlin

The 'Kreuzberg Tower' in Berlin, one of John Hejduk's few realized buildings and one of his largest, is being threatened. After years of neglect, the building's new owner, BerlinHaus Verwaltung GmbH, plans to significantly alter the exterior of the building.

Please sign the petition to save the "Kreuzberg Tower'!!

http://www.petitiononline.com/hejduk/petition.html

3/20/10 DOCOMOMO US President Prudon moderates Modernism by Choice:The Economy, Politics, and Sustainability of Preservation

Join DOCOMOMO US President Theo Prudon at New York's Center for Architecture (CFA) for "Modernism by Choice: The Economy, Politics, and Sustainability of Preservation." The symposium is in conjunction with the World Monuments Fund's Modernism at Risk exhibition, currently on view at the Center For Architecture.

Modernism by Choice:The Economy,Politics, and Sustainability of Preservation

AIA CES: 4.5 LU, 4.5 HSW

When: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM SATURDAY, MARCH 20

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