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Edward Durell Stone: A Belated Appreciation by Hicks Stone

Edward Durell Stone: A Belated Appreciation by Hicks Stone

Pops-Hicks-Agrigento-1959Edward Durell Stone was my father. Father and I had a tenuous and at times a difficult relationship. He would have found it both comically improbable and deeply touching if he had been aware that I had written his biography. Even though our relationship was distant, I had a closely-held but deeply-seated admiration for his achievements. The underlying impetus to write his biography extends back to my childhood in New York during the 1960s. Anyone who came of age during those years recalls them as a time when activists would champion the rights of people unjustly relegated to living life at the margins of society. It was this sensitivity to injustice and an activist’s desire to right wrongs that set me on the course that led me to submit a proposal to Rizzoli for my father’s biography in the spring of 2008. Simply stated, Father has been unfairly treated for over a half-century, and the time for him to be accorded the simple decency, recognition and respect that he deserves from the architectural community is long overdue.

 

 

Docomomo US/Hawaii: Highlighting Hawaii modern in 2017

Kenrock Building. Credit: Franzen Photography

By Docomomo US/Hawaii

Docomomo US/Hawaii has been instrumental in bringing attention to and advocacting for Hawaii's unique modern heritage through programming and events. From tours to lectures and talks stories to advocating for threatened properties, see what the chapter has been up to in 2017.

Touring Mid-Century Modern Waco

By the Mid Tex Mod board

This February, Mid Tex Mod board members Sara Ludueña and Elizabeth Porterfield conducted a bus tour of mid-century modern architecture in Waco during the 2017 Preservation Summit hosted by Preservation Texas. Over twenty participants visited and toured some of Waco’s iconic mid-century residential and commercial buildings highlighting the works of local architects Robert S. Bennett, J.W. Bush, James D. Dewitt along with other national architects.

Docomomo US and colleagues monitor next phase of Peavey Plaza Revitalization

Docomomo US is along with our colleagues at The Cultural Landscape Foundation, Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and Preserve Minneapolis are monitoring the next phase of design work at Peavey Plaza in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the project moves from the Historic Structures Report into the design phases for the rehabilitation of the plaza, Docomomo US and Docomomo US/MN are taking an active part in the stakeholders meetings.

Landmark Application withdrawn for Issaquah Chapel

The King County Landmark Nomination application for the Providence Heights campus in Issaquah has been withdrawn due to legal issues related to the ownership of the propert. It is owned by City Church of Kirkland, which does not support the nomination.

However, the King County Landmarks Commission will still hold a public hearing Thursday, Feb 23rd. Public comments are welcome but the Commission will take no action on the nomination. The Issaquah School District is in the process of obtaining the property through eminent domain. Like the church, it also does not support reuse and preservation.

Announcing Docomomo US 2017 Advocacy Theme: SHELTER

 

SHELTER, protection from the extremes of an environment, is a basic need. Throughout history our built form has risen out of how we respond to this necessity. Like other periods, Modernism strove to reexamine and reassess the forms, spaces, and materials that comprise shelter, creating a new language that defined the structures in which we live.

Remember the Terrace: A Lesson in Advocacy

By Pete Richie
This article was originally published on Docomomo US/Minnesota's website January 30, 2017

The Terrace Theatre in Robbinsdale, Minnesota opened on May 25th, 1951. The Mid-Century Modern building designed by the architectural firm of Liebenberg & Kaplan, for movie house owners, Sydney and William Volk, won national acclaim from newspapers, magazines, and industry publications. The August 4th, 1951 issue of Box Office Magazine featured the Terrace on the cover and contained a five page, illustrated article that praised the Terrace as “The Gem of the Lakes.”

Endangered: Silver Spring Library by Rhees Burket

This article is written by Michael Shapiro and originally published on January 27, 2017

The mid-century modern Silver Spring Library by noted local architect Rhees Evans Burket, AIA, is facing an uncertain future. The county has put out a request for proposals from developers to turn the site into senior housing and child day care facilities through either incorporating the existing building or knocking it down and starting from scratch. 

Marion Greenwood: A Modern Woman in Modern Mexico

By Angelica Martinez-Sulvaran

During the first three decades of the twentieth century, Mexico experienced several social and political transformations. As a nation transitioning from a dictatorship to a democratic state, Mexico needed to find an identity as a modern and liberal country. The economic and political reconstruction materialized through the arts and architecture, and these transformations were most evident in the Mexico City; not only the capital of the country but also its creative hub. It was here that American artist Marion Greenwood’s murals and artwork contributed to one of the first projects that would embody post-revolutionary ideals: the Abelardo Rodriguez Market.

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