d o c om o m o l o u i s i a n a is a regional chapter of an international committee dedicated to the
documentation and conservation of the buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement
Monday, July 25, 2011
DOCOMOMO US July 2011 E-News Brief
DOCOMOMO US is the working party of Docomomo in the United States. It is a 501(c)3 registered non-profit organization, a union of regional chapters that shares its members' knowledge of and enthusiasm for the Modern Movement, promotes public interest in it through lectures and walking tours, and organizes advocacy efforts to protect endangered sites and buildings.
Join the national community of architects, historians, preservationists, students and modern movement enthusiasts dedicated to raising awareness of the importance of modern architecture and landscapes in the United States. Membership is available online at www.docomomo-us.org or by downloading our membership form.
- National Tour Day at the Philip Johnson Glass House
- Update: Pittsburgh City Council Votes to Demolish Civic Arena
- Houston's Glenbrook Valley Designated Historic District - Advocacy Spotlight: Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee - Book Announcement: Tomorrow's Houses - Save the Date: Tour Day 2011, Second Wave of Modernism II, and more - Photo Contest
NATIONAL TOUR DAY GOES TO THE PHILIP JOHNSON GLASS HOUSE
Docomomo US is thrilled to announce the Philip Johnson Glass House as a partner for the fifth annual Docomomo US Tour Day. Located in lush New Canaan, Connecticut, the Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site and offers its 47-acre campus as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art, as well as a canvas for inspiration and experimentation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson (1906-2005) and David Whitney (1939-2005).
The Glass House will be extending a special discount on tours during Tour Day Weekend, as well as hosting a special Docomomo US member reception. Photo: Eirik Johnson READ MORE >
UPDATE: PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO DEMOLISH CIVIC ARENA
Eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, the Civic Arena (Mellon Arena) was rejected by the Pittsburgh Historic Review Commission and Planning Commission. On June 28th, the Pittsburgh City Council voted 6-3 to reject city historic designation, allowing the Sports and Exhibition Authority to move forward with plans to demolish the structure.
HOUSTON'S GLENBROOK VALLEY DESIGNATED HISTORIC DISTRICT
Glenbrook Valley, the subject of last year's "Mad About Mod" tour given by friend organization Houston Mod during Tour Day 2010, has been designated a local historic district. The residential neighborhood is made up of 1,255 tracts of post-WW II housing, the largest post-war locally designated historic district in the country, and the first of its kind in Texas.
ADVOCACY SPOTLIGHT: LOS ANGELES CONSERVANCY'S MODERN COMMITTEE
Docomomo US seeks to elevate awareness of the buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement by profiling like-minded organizations across the country. This month we spotlight the Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee, headed by Regina O'Brien, Chair. Active for over 25 years, the Modern Committee has been instrumental in the preservation of modern architecture in the Los Angeles area including the Capitol Records Building, Century Plaza Hotel and the Golden State Mutual Building, among others.
Photo: Millard Sheets mosaic, by Flickr user panjan2drum READ MORE >
BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT: TOMORROW'S HOUSES
Tomorrow's Houses: New England Modernism Alexander Gorlin (text) and Geoffrey Gross (photography). Published by Rizzoli, New York 2011. While the cover of the book sports the ubiquitous photo of Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, the inside of the book covers a wide range of mostly modernist houses in New England. An introduction by Alexander Gorlin provides the historic context for residential architecture in New England, and photographer Geoffrey Gross provides stunning color photographs. READ MORE >
SAVE THE DATE!
DOCOMOMO US TOUR DAY 2011
5th Annual National Event!
Various locations READ MORE >
Glass House: Conversations In Context
through November 17, 2011
New Canaan, CT READ MORE >
John Lautner Turns 100
July 16 - November 13, 2011
Los Angeles, CA and Marquette, MI READ MORE >
Campus Heritage Symposium
November 3 - 4, 2011
Washington, DC READ MORE >
Second Wave of Modernism II
November 18, 2011
New York, NY READ MORE >
CONTEST: MEMBER TRIVIA
Our June trivia contest left readers stumped!
No one was able to identify corrugated steel of the Walter and Ruby Behlen House in Columbus, Nebraska, designed in 1958 by architect Jack Savage of the Leo Daly Architectural Firm.
Better luck this month!
Name this building and architect for a chance to win a prize from the DOCOMOMO archives.
The ongoing strength of DOCOMOMO US lies in the action and communication of our members. Please keep us apprised of your local work, advocacy and other current issues by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In accordance with DOCOMOMO-US, the Louisiana chapter advocates the documentation and conservation of the City of New Orleans, State of Louisiana and the Gulf South region’s manifestations of the Modern movement.