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Thank you for supporting Docomomo US
by admin, posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

As interest in architecture of the twentieth century grows, Docomomo US continues to be at the forefront of the modern architecture preservation movement. For almost two decades, Docomomo US has been the resource for the advancement of public understanding of modern architecture and landscape and the promotion of advocacy on its behalf.

Donnell Library Demolished
by admin, posted on Friday, January 24, 2014

On a busy stretch of midtown Manhattan, a somewhat unknown and unloved modern building has quietly been demolished. The Donnell Library (1955), a modest piece of design nestled among the likes of Philip Johnson, Edward Durell Stone and Yoshio Taniguchi, stood on the south side of West 53rd Street and was designed by Edgar I. Williams and Aymar Embury II.

Docomomo Ukraine International Conference
by admin, posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

DOCOMOMO Ukraine in association with Kharkov National University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, “RodDom” Institute and DOCOMOMO International request papers in association with the International Conference on Ukrainian Architectural Avant-Garde - Studies and Protection, Kharkov, February 1-3, 2012.

The aim of the conference is to concentrate efforts of architects, scientists, cultural community, state and local authorities of the Ukraine on the studies and protection, of the remaining architectural heritage, and of the turbulent twentieth century.

The program will include plenary sessions, presentations and tours on

Join Docomomo US/Tri-State on Nov. 15th for Hicks Stone Event
by admin, posted on Friday, January 24, 2014

On Tuesday, November 15th, join Docomomo US/NY Tri-State for an evening with Hicks Stone as he presents his new book, Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect (Rizzoli). Hicks Stone, Edward Durell Stone's youngest son, himself a practicing architect, documents the breadth of his father's life and career. A unique and at times honest depiction of his father, Hicks presents an authoritative biography of one of the most controversial figures of twentieth-century architecture.

Docomomo US/North Texas Screening Pruitt Igoe Myth
by admin, posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Docomomo US/North Texas in partnership with Dallas Architecture Forum will host the award-winning film, The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History on Tuesday, November 8th at the Dallas Center for Architecture.

While the images of the 1972 demolition of the Pruitt-Igoe housing project have become an iconographic visual shorthand for the failure of modern architecture, the reality is much more complex, involving wide-spread failures of our society, government, economy, and culture.

Modern Architecture Scavenger Hunt Winners Announced
by admin, posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Congratulations to Connie Chau, Andrew Spina, Karen Liu, Nancy Tsai (photographer) of teamcoopers! They were the grand prize winners in the first annual Docomomo US Modern Architecture Scavenger Hunt. Completing ten of the contest items, teamcoopers earned 51 points and visited a number of buildings during Open House New York including Frank Lloyd Wright's 1954 Hoffman Auto Showroom (now Mercedes-Benz Manhattan) on Park Avenue. By winning our grand prize, they have won a personal tour by Docomomo US President Theodore Prudon as well as Docomomo US Moleskine notebooks and other fun prizes. Congratulations teamcoopers!

UPDATE Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis
by admin, posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

UPDATE from Docomomo US/MN on the public meeting for Peavey Plaza:

World Monuments Fund Names Modern Sites in 2012 Watch
by admin, posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

The World Monuments Fund has named three modern properties in the United States to its 2012 World Monuments Watch list. Manufacturers Trust Company Building designed by Gordon Bunshaft of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill was included on the list as was the Orange County Government Center by Paul Rudolph and Russel Wright's Manitoga in Garrison, New York. Since 1996, the biennial Watch has drawn international attention to cultural-heritage sites in need of assistance, helping to save some of the world’s most treasured places. The 2012 Watch includes 67 sites, representing 41 countries and territories.

Docomomo US 1st Annual Modern Architecture Scavenger Hunt
by admin, posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Architecture buffs get your sneakers on and get ready to discover modern architecture across all five boroughs. Docomomo US is thrilled to launch our first annual Modern Architecture Scavenger Hunt during the Open House New York weekend. Grab your friends and a camera, and photograph yourself in front of modern architecture for a chance to win great prizes.

European Architectural History Network 2012 Meeting
by admin, posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

Abstracts are invited for the sessions and round tables at the Second International Meeting of the EAHN (Brussels, 31 May – 3 June 2012). The European Architectural History Network supports research and education by providing a public forum for the dissemination of knowledge about the histories of architecture. Based in Europe, it serves architectural historians and scholars in allied fields without restriction on their areas of study.

Proposals are due September 30. For more info on the conference visit:

Orange County Government Center Closed and Under Imminent Threat
by admin, posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

Movement to demolish the Paul Rudolph’s Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY (1963) has rapidly progressed since last month’s Hurricane Irene caused it to close due to additional water and mold damage.  While officials are working out temporary space for government offices located in the Government Center, County Executive Edward A. Diana is suggesting it may be better to tear down the building than try to repair it. A feasibility study to determine the most economical and efficient plan for the consolidation of county departments was scheduled to be release at the end of the year but is now likely on the fast-track to recommend its demolition.

Docomomo US President at The Glass House
by admin, posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Listen to conversations by Docomomo US President Theodore Prudon and IFI President Shashi Caan during the Conversations in Context event at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT.

Click here for the video.

Docomomo International Journal 44
by admin, posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

Docomomo International Journal 44: Modern and Sustainable is complete and will land in mailboxes shortly. Guest editor for this edition on sustainability is Docomomo US President, Theodore Prudon.

The Docomomo International Journal is a benefit of Docomomo US International members. If you would like to receive future editions of the Journal, become an International member today!

12th Annual Docomomo International Conference
by admin, posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

Initial information has just been released for the upcoming Docomomo International Conference in Espoo, Finland in 2012. The proposed theme for the conference is The Survival of Modern, From Coffee Cup to General Plan. For dates and information on the call for papers visit the Docomomo Finland website.

Neutra Kronish Residence
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bowing to community pressure, the owners of Richard Neutra's Kronish House in Beverly Hills have agreed to postpone its demolition until at least Oct. 10 to give preservationists a chance to devise a plan to save the residence...and the City seeks to draft a preservation ordinance.


Designed in 1955, the Kronish Residence was one of the largest Neutra residential projects. Built for tract developer Herbert Kronish and his new English bride, the design included unusual requirements such as mirrors on the ceiling of Mrs. K’s dressing room. Rare Carrara Glass lines the walls of the master bath, and there are many other unique features.

New Orleans: Phillis Wheatley Elementary School Demolished
by admin, posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

DOCOMOMO US/Louisiana reports that less than 24 hours after receiving notice from RSD Superintendent John White, demolition of the historic Phillis Wheatley Elementary School (Charles Colbert, 1954) in the Treme-Lafitte neighborhood of New Orleans began late Friday afternoon.  The New Orleans chapter had worked tirelessly to save the structure, with the strong support of local residents, former students, and actors from the critically-acclaimed HBO series Treme, including Phyllis Montana-LeBlanc who witnessed the demolition first-hand:

by admin, posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

DOCOMOMO US is excited to announce the fifth annual National Tour Day! Join us Columbus Day weekend, October 8-10, for a variety of exciting tours and exclusive access to sites of the Modern Movement. Check individual listings for dates and times as some events begin in September.

Visit for confirmed tours.  

Here are just a few of the this year's tours:

Rally to Save Prentice
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Monday, November 14, 2011

SAVE PRENTICE plans a rally in support of Bertrand Goldberg's threatened structure.  The event takes place in Chicago this Wednesday, June 15 at 11am and will meet at the corner of McClurg and Huron, a few doors down from the old Prentice Hospital.  For more information visit (PDF flyer) or follow SAVE PRENTICE on Facebook.

Landmarks Illinois Releases Prentice Hospital Reuse Study
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Monday, November 14, 2011

Landmarks Illinois has released a report outlining how Bertrand Goldberg's Prentice Hospital could be reused rather than demolished. Click here to download the report (PDF).  Located at the eastern edge of the medical campus in the Streeterville neighborhood of Chicago, Prentice is considered one of Goldberg’s most innovative and significant buildings.  

Orange County Modernism: The Legacy of Paul Rudolph
by admin, posted on Monday, February 27, 2012

Orange County Modernism: The Legacy of Paul Rudolph
April 16, 2011
Seligman Homestead, Sugarloaf, NY

Join DOCOMOMO US chapter president Theodore Prudon and DOCOMOMO US/New England chapter president David Fixler at a lecture on the legacy of architect Paul Rudolph. The talk will focus on the architectural significance of Late Modern architecture, specifically Paul Rudolph’s work, as well as the challenges and opportunities in preserving Late Modern architecture.

Limited Space available. RSVP to Erin Tobin: etobin(at) or call 518-462-5658 x12

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