September 2010 E-News Brief

Tour Day 2010  The fourth Annual
  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.
  Tour Day 2010 regional chapters
  Louisiana/New Orleans
  Mid_Texas Modern
  New England
  New York/Tri-State
  North Texas
  San Francisco/NOCA
In addition to the twelve US regional chapters, we have a number of new partners including the new DOCOMOMO US Friend Organization, Houston Mod, the New Haven Preservation Trust and the Chicago Architectural Foundation. We would also like to welcome back our returning partner organizations: Los Angeles Conservancy, Detroit Art Deco Society and the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia.
Tour Day 2010 highlights range from tours of iconic modern masterpieces such as the Farnsworth House by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, mid-century roadside modernism, historic post-war residential homes and skyscrapers, plazas, religious buildings and public art from coast-to-coast.
Join us as architecture enthusiasts, historians, architects, designers, preservationists across the United States come together for the country's largest event highlighting the work and history of the Modern Movement.  Tour Day 2010 allows us to share our knowledge of and passion for the Modern Movement by promoting public interest in the subject and organizing advocacy efforts to protect endangered sites and buildings. 
For more information and to register for a tour, visit the Tour Day 2010 page of our website. With last year's Tour Day drawing nearly 600 participants, register today! Tickets will sell out quickly.
Reservations and questions regarding a particular tour should be directed to the applicable chapter/partner organization.
See you October 9th! 


Photo by: Richie Diesterheft via Flickr

ING building built by Minoru Yamasaki  Docomomo US is proud to officially
  welcome our newest chapter:
  Docomomo US/Minnesota!  
  The Minnesota Chapter of
  Docomomo US will join the ten
  regional chapters and continue to
  strengthen the US working party's
  impact by across the country.
  Minnesota preservationists,
  architects, scholars and people
  interested in the area's significant
  modern movement history have
  gained momentum over the past
  years, organizing local tours,
  lectures and events, and
  connecting with each other
  through regular Facebook and
  Twitter updates.  For the 2009
  National Tour Day Docomomo
  US/Minnesota presented "Haus to
  Haus," a tour focused on high modernism concepts and maintenance issues with a preserved postwar ranch house in Minneapolis.  The new chapter will offer local tours again this year as part of the national Tour Day 2010 initiative on October 9.

Minnesota's modern landscape is host to numerous nationally recognized modern masters. Highlights include residential works by Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson's IDS tower and Crystal Court atrium, the world's first climate controlled indoor mall by Victor Gruen, Eliel Saarinen's Christ Church Luthern, Lawrence  Halprin's Nicollet Mall pedestrian shopping street, S.O.M.'s General Mills corporate campus, Gunnar Birkerts' Federal Reserve Building, Eero Saarinen’s IBM corporate suburban architecture and numerous residences by Frank Lloyd Wright. The most influential local MN talents include Ralph Rapson and his Guthrie Theater, as well as Thorshov & Cerny, HGA, Ellerbe Associates, Magney, Tusler & Setter and Close Associates.

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