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  • 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

    The schedule of events for the 8th annual Docomomo US Tour Day celebration is here! Click here to see all the listings by state. 


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

    Join us for Tour Day 2014 - "The Future of Mid-Century" October 11, 2014


    The 2014 event includes 41 partnerships offering approximately 50 tours planned in nearly half of the states across the country, including 37 individual cities. Tour Day continues to be one of the nation’s largest events promoting modern architecture, design and our built heritage of the mid-20th century.

    Click on a state below to view multiple events and partners in your region.

     ARIZONA

     MISSOURI

    CALIFORNIA

    NEVADA

    CONNECTICUT

    NEW YORK

    FLORIDA

    OREGON

    HAWAII

    PENNSYLVANIA

    ILLINOIS

    TEXAS

    INDIANA

    WASHINGTON DC

    MARYLAND

    WASHINGTON

    MASSACHUSETTS

    MICHIGAN

    MINNESOTA

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    Tour Day 2014 Press Kit

    Download the 2014 Poster! 

    Join_US for Tour Day 2015!

    Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors:

    Official Media Sponsor: Architect's Newspaper
    The Waterproofing Company (Boston, MA)

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tour Day is Docomomo US’ annual national event that works to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century. Now in its eighth year, Tour Day invites organizations and people across the country to take stock of significant 20th century built design in their state, city, region or neighborhood and celebrate that work with a tour. 

    If you have an idea for a tour that celebrates modernism in your area, click hereTo register your event for Tour Day, please complete the following form with the details of your event. For more information or email us at info(AT)docomomo-us(DOT)org.

    Become a Tour Day Sponsor:

    Docomomo US is proud  to organize Tour Day for people of all ages and backgrounds as a one of a kind national event focused on celebrating modern architecture, landscapes, and sites, but we cannot do it by ourselves. We need the widespread support from people like you. Please consider becoming a sponsor of Tour Day 2014, and join a network of partners, sponsors, and participants who believe in the importance of raising awareness of and appreciation for significant 20th-century built design in their area through educational and interactive tours. Sponsorship is available at all levels and can be tailored to meet outreach needs and interests. For more information on sponsorship opportunites click here or contact us at info@docomomo-us.org

    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.

    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.

    Battelle/Talaris: Saving Seattle’s Newest Modern Landmark

    By Eugenia Woo

    Prompted by concerns for proposed future redevelopment plans for the former Battelle Memorial Institute Seattle Research Center (now Talaris Conference Center, 4000 NE 41st St) in Seattle’s Laurelhurst neighborhood, the Friends of Battelle/Talaris (FOBT), a grassroots community group, formed in early 2012 to advocate for the property's preservation and to produce a landmark nomination report. The 18-acre property has been owned by 4000 Property LLC (a holding company for Bruce McCaw, Telecom multimillionaire) since 2000. The group submitted a landmark nomination to the Seattle Historic Preservation Program in spring 2013. In Seattle, owner consent is not required before a nomination is submitted. The property was designated a landmark by the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board in a unanimous vote on November 6, 2013.

    Saint Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church: Modernity and Continuity

    By: Jason John Paul Haskins, Assoc. AIA, LEED BD+C

    Robert Mather brought an impressive Modernist pedigree to the design of St. Martin’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas (1958-1960). This Mid-century abstraction of the primitive Christian basilica represents a synthesis of international movements in architecture and liturgy uncovering archetypal models of inhabitation and ritual. The church will be featured on the upcoming tour “Modernity and Continuity in Austin's Religious Architecture” during the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference in Austin, Texas, April 9-13, 2014.
     

    Paul Rudolph’s Shoreline Apartments in Buffalo, NY Face an Imminent Threat

    By: Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C

    Paul Rudolph’s Shoreline Apartments, a 1974 complex of low-income housing which occupies 9.5 acres on the edge of downtown Buffalo, is facing the first of several projected phases of “upgrades” which call for demolition of currently unoccupied Rudolph-designed units and replacement with suburban like townhouses.
     
    Photo: Shoreline Apartments. Side Elevation of a Rudolph-designed unit facing 7th Street. Credit: Barbara A. Campagna.
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