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May 18, 2015

Update by Lindsey Derrington

Docomomo US Friend Organization Modern STL led the hard-fought campaign to preserve North St. Louis County’s Lewis and Clark Branch Library from 2012 to 2014. The library, designed by Frederick Dunn, FAIA with stunning stained glass windows by nationally-prominent artist Robert Harmon, opened to acclaim in January 1963. Less than fifty years later, however, it was marked for demolition and replacement by the St. Louis County Library Board of Trustees. This was because of its age and in open disregard of its reuse potential, which Modern STL demonstrated through sustained outreach efforts focused on the building’s excellent condition and ideal suitability for a financially-responsible addition to meet SLCL’s stated programmatic needs. Modern STL’s board, members, and partners are the grateful recipients of Docomomo US’ 2015 Modernism in America Awards Citation of Merit for their efforts, but the timing is bittersweet.

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Docomomo US and Docomomo US/Minnesota will launch the third annual Docomomo US National Symposium--Modernism on the Prairie: Rural to Metro Regional Interpretations of the Modern Movement. The three-and-a-half-day symposium seeks to celebrate and bring national attention to the unique cultural heritage, preservation, and advocacy of significant modern architecture and landscape architecture throughout the state of Minnesota. The symposium will include a multifaceted schedule of events featuring: peer reviewed presentations, panel discussions, exclusive tours, and networking events.


Thursday, June 4, 2015 3:45PM
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April 23, 2015

By Adrian Scott Fine, Director of Advocacy, Los Angeles Conservancy

Slated for demolition and redevelopment, Parker Center in Downtown Los Angeles and efforts to save it hit a snag in early May but ultimately there may be a resolution in sight. For years there has been a much-debated question of whether or not the building should even be preserved. Now, after nearly six months of efforts to designate the building as a local landmark, a procedural error by the City forces the process to begin again from start. The good news is the City has just introduced a motion to study another preservation alternative that hopefully will find the right balance between preservation and limited demolition of the building. What Parker Center and efforts to save it illustrate is a similar conversation happening in places all over the United States, as aspects of growth and politics come together either for or against preservation. 

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SELECTIONS FROM THE REGISTER
George and Annette Murphy Center at Asphalt Green Sports and Arts Center
August 17, 2012
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Pinwheel House
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.

 

SAVE THE DATE: TOUR DAY 2010!

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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