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On April 27, an interested audience was treated to a detailed briefing on renovation plans for the United Nations Headquarters (1947–1950) in Manhattan. The event was presented by the Skycraper Museum, in cooperation with the Architectural League of New York and DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State.... MORE

photo: K. Randall

Beautiful Brutes


While preservationists still have a long way to go toward cultivating widespread (or even moderate) appreciation for Brutalist architecture, the movement received a small leg-up with a recent op-ed in The New York Times. ... MORE

Knickerbocker for The New York Times

We’re launching “The Modern Library,” a special feature to keep you in tune with what is being published on the subject of Modern movement architecture and design. ... MORE

Last October the NYC Landmarks Commission narrowly approved a hardship application for St. Vincent’s Hospital allowing demolition of the O’Toole Building to make way for a new $800 million hospital. ... MORE

The good news press engine keeps rolling with the announcement that contractors have begun restoration work the Trenton Bathhouse in Ewing Township, NJ, marking a milestone in the long road to preserve Louis Kahn’s early masterpiece.... MORE

The good news continues in Connecticut where two Modern buildings, the Wilde Building in Bloomfield and an early pre-fabricated steel house in New London, have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.... MORE

Courtesy Campaign to Save Connecticut General

On March 31, a federal judge in Washington ruled that the National Park Service did not follow procedure on the matter concerning Richard Neutra’s Cyclorama Building at Gettysburg, and that it must reconsider its 1999 decision to raze the building as it did not fully explore alternatives in making that decision. ... MORE

On March 13 the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission voted unanimously to designate the Spring Mills Building, adding its distinctive chamfered tower to the city’s growing list of Modern buildings under landmark protection. ... MORE

Christopher Brazee, NYC LPC staff photographer