Docomomo US founder Theodore H.M. Prudon steps down and Robert Meckfessel becomes 2nd board president
Docomomo US, the leading national organization dedicated to the preservation of Modern architecture, landscapes, and design, announces that its long-standing President and Founder, Theodore H.M. Prudon, FAIA has stepped down and Robert Meckfessel, FAIA has become the organization’s President.
Summer Real Estate Round Up 2022
The moment a private home goes on the market is a precarious one - there is always the chance it could be sold to a developer, or to a homeowner who plans to make big changes. The goal of our real estate round ups is to connect modern properties with the right stewards and to show real estate agents the value in these historic homes.
Proposal would strip 60 Wall St of its unique Postmodern features
A proposed renovation to the exterior facade, lobby, and atrium of KRJDA's 60 Wall Street would turn this unique postmodern resource into another bland and generic space. The NYC Landmarks Commission will be meeting to consider the proposal on June 28.
Terrace Plaza needs a developer with a creative vision
When the Terrace Plaza Hotel was originally built, designed by Natalie de Blois of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, it was a visionary project - one of the first International Style hotels in the United States. Now, the long vacant hotel is up for auction. Is there a preservation-minded developer out there who can recapture some of the vision of its original designers?
Buildings as Ad: The Penn Mutual Insurance Company Headquarters
Throughout much of the 20th century the Penn Mutual Life Insurance Company was known by its moniker "Behind Your Independence ... Stands the Penn Mutual." Located just south of Independence Hall, the slogan reflected both corporate branding and the physical reality of its corporate headquarters as backdrop to Independence Hall.
Docomomo US/New England call for board nominations
Are you interested in helping to preserve and share the significant heritage of modernism in New England? The New England chapter of Docomomo US is reaching out to those who might want to become involved in extending the group’s reach throughout the region and in participating in activities and leadership.
Membership Coordinator Position
Come join our team!
Early example of integrated Texas school threatened
The Stephen F. Austin School (SFA), constructed under the Public Works Administration building program in 1935, enrolled its first Mexican-American student in 1946, and was one of nine original sites for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)-backed “Little School of the 400.” The now-vacant building is under threat of development for much needed housing.
Welcome Docomomo US/Wisconsin
Docomomo US is thrilled to welcome our 19th regional chapter, Docomomo US/Wisconsin. Docomomo US/Wisconsin is a regional chapter of Docomomo US that promotes awareness, appreciation and protection of Modern architecture and design across the state of Wisconsin through documentation, engagement, and advocacy efforts.
Marcel Breuer's first binuclear house is demolished
Marcel Breuer's first binuclear house, Geller I in Lawrence, New York has been demolished this week in the dead of night. Geller I is largely considered the project that propelled Breuer to private practice in New York and prompted the Museum of Modern Art to commission Breuer to design an exhibition house in the museum’s courtyard entitled The House in the Museum Garden in 1949.
The future of the Thompson Center is looking brighter
On December 15 the preservation world received some unexpected good news about the long-threatened James R. Thompson Center: Governor Pritzker had chosen a developer whose proposal for the site includes retaining the structure as a mixed-use property with office, retail and hotel space. There is still a long road ahead but this is a huge step in the right direction.