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A Farewell to Georgia’s old State Archives Building
by info, posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017

By Charles Lawrence, Docomomo US/Georgia

In March, we lost the old Georgia State Archives building; designed by A. Thomas Bradbury in 1964. Atlanta, a city whose last major expansion coincided with rise of Modernism, is lucky to have had a handful of great Modernist architects living and practicing within the city. Bradbury was certainly one of them.

Docomomo US/Hawaii: Highlighting Hawaii modern in 2017
by info, posted on Thursday, March 9, 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 info, posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017

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
by info, posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017

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Landmark Application withdrawn for Issaquah Chapel
by info, posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017

The King County Landmark Nomination application for the Providence Heights campus in Issaquah has been withdrawn due to legal issues related to the ownership of the propert.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.

Remember the Terrace: A Lesson in Advocacy
by info, posted on Thursday, March 9, 2017

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.”

Announcing Docomomo US 2017 Advocacy Theme: SHELTER
by info, posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017


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.

Endangered: Silver Spring Library by Rhees Burket
by info, posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017

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. 

Travel Tour: Modern Mexico City
by Liz Waytkus, posted on Friday, February 24, 2017
Marion Greenwood: A Modern Woman in Modern Mexico
by info, posted on Thursday, February 9, 2017

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.

Philemon Sturges: Rhode Island’s Modernist Architect
by info, posted on Thursday, February 23, 2017

By Catherine W. Zipf - Executive Director, Bristol Historical and Preservation Society

The Citizen’s Bank Building, in Bristol, Rhode Island, is like no other. Located at the end of a row of mid-nineteenth century structures, its dynamic concrete facade and curious decorative symbols mark an abrupt change from the past. Most viewers remember it vividly.

Unfortunately, its architect has been forgotten. The Citizen’s Bank Building, formerly the Old Stone Bank Building, was designed by Philemon Sturges, one of Rhode Island’s premier Modern architects. Well known during the 1960s, today only his buildings are left document his ideas, and the prominent role he played in Rhode Island’s architectural community.

Unexpected Modern: Valparaiso University’s Chapel of the Resurrection
by info, posted on Friday, February 10, 2017

By Amy Borland, Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology (DHPA)

I have a confession to make: When I first started my career in historic preservation 15 years ago, I wasn’t a fan of Modern architecture. It simply didn’t interest me. You may be asking how that is possible when the modern Mecca of Columbus, Indiana, is less than an hour away. Modern buildings just seemed cold and stark. There simply wasn’t that hook to draw me in. Then in 2009 a coworker and I happened upon the Chapel of the Resurrection at Valparaiso University located in northwest Indiana and designed by architect Charles E. Stade.1My thoughts on Modernism changed.

Ambassador Grill and UN Plaza Hotel Lobby designated as a New York City Interior Landmark
by info, posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Docomomo US is pleased to announce our efforts to landmark Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo’s Ambassador Grill and UN Hotel Lobby interior (now ONE UN New York) have been successful. The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to designate the spaces making them New York City’s 118th Interior Landmark. The Ambassador Grill and UN Hotel Lobby join the ranks of many celebrated interiors including Grand Central Station, Radio City Music Hall and the Ford Foundation (also designed by Roche).

Chapters kick off 2017: Advocacy, Tours, Lectures and more
by info, posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017

Docomomo US/Greater Philadelphia's January One Building One Brew event

In additon to national events like the National Symposium in Phoenix, the Modernism in America Awards, and Tour Day and monitoring ongoing advocacy issues like the Parker Center, Thompson Center, Peavey Plaza and more, Docomomo US chapters and friend organizations have planned amazing tours and lectures, launched initiatives and are monitoring advocacy issues of their own.

Below are some of the highlights taking place in the coming months.

Update: The Fate of the Parker Center to be decided soon
by info, posted on Thursday, January 26, 2017

UPDATE from the Los Angeles Conservancy:

On January 10, the City of L.A.'s Entertainment and Facilities Committee held a meeting to review the City’s environmental analysis for Parker Center (renamed from the Police Facilities Building in 1966 to honor Chief William H. Parker), calling for the demolition of the historic building. Following a lengthy discussion and public comments, the committee, chaired by Council member Mitch O'Farrell, decided to continue the item until the pending Historic-Cultural Monument (HCM) nomination is addressed. The nomination is awaiting to be scheduled and heard before the City Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) committee.

Parker Center continues to face threat of demolition
by info, posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

This past week, The Los Angeles Conservancy reported that the City of Los Angeles' Municipal Facilities Committee recently voted in favor of demolishing Parker Center based on the Bureau of Engineering’s (BOE) claim that the preservation alternative will cost nearly $107 million more. The plan to replace the building was presented before the City’s Entertainment and Facilities Committee on Tuesday, January 10, 2017Read more about why the Parker Center is being demolished for the wrong reasons and view the Conservancy's alternative proposal.

Save the Historic Lexington Center
by info, posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017

In 1966, Hideo Sasaki, Norman Fletcher, and Walter Pierce, all renowned practitioners of modernism and residents of Lexington, Massachusetts, produced a “Plan for Lexington Center,” an elegant design to turn a drab suburban center into a series of “living rooms” in which the community of Lexington could congregate. This design, executed in 1967, has been highly successful and has stood the test of time, as evidenced by a 2008 Tufts University study designating Lexington as a “Model Town Center.” However, now this iconic streetscape is threatened.

What is in store for 2017
by info, posted on Thursday, January 12, 2017


As we head into the new year, Docomomo US is excited to build upon the positive developments that took place during 2016. However, there is still much at stake as we face an unknown political environment that could jeopardize long and hard fought preservation efforts. See what is taking place in 2017.

2017 Modernism in America Awards
by info, posted on Monday, December 19, 2016

Submissions now being accepted.

Docomomo US is accepting submissions for the 2017 Modernism in America Awards in the following categories: Design, Inventory/Survey and Advocacy. Now in its fourth year, the Modernism in America Awards acknowledges the people and projects working to preserve, restore and rehabilitate our modern heritage sensitively and productively.

2016 Year in Review
by info, posted on Thursday, December 15, 2016


This past year Docomomo US has seen incredible things take place as buildings have been saved and the recognition of the importance of modern architecture, sites, and landscapes has gained national attention. These positive developments are due largely because of the efforts of the volunteers and members of our chapters, friend organizations, partners, sponsors and active participants. We look forward to what the new year will bring as we continue to celebrate and advocate for the modern heritage found in our neighborhoods. Here are the hightlights from 2016.

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