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News February 2011

Following unanimously favorable testimony at a February 1 designation hearing, the NYC Landmarks Commission voted on the matter at its February 15 Public Meeting. The Commission voted unanimously in favor of interior designation. The commissioners consistently noted the critical relationship of the interior to the exterior. One called the interior designation a “continuation of the previous designation,” while others stated that the interior should have been designated along with the exterior. (If it had been, the removal of the Bertoia screen and other interior fixtures—e.g. teller counters, planters—could have been averted; as it is, reference to those items was deleted from the interior description in the motion to designate.)... MORE

photo: Ezra Stoller © Esto

At a hearing at the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission on February 1, DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State joined 13 other speakers testifying in favor of interior landmark designation for the first and second floors of the former Manufacturers Trust Company branch building (1954) located at Fifth Avenue and 43rd Street. ... MORE

photo: Ezra Stoller © Esto

This May the Glass House will launch its fifth tour season. To mark this milestone, it is introducing three new must-see tours (“Architecture + History,” “Art + Influence” and ”Landscape + Garden”) and a new program, “Third Thursdays: Conversations in Context,” featuring special hosts Paul Goldberger, Barry Bergdoll, Theodore Prudon, Donald Kaufman + Taffy Dahl, Charles Renfro, Gregg Pasquarelli, and Tod Williams + Billie Tsien, and others.... MORE

Photo: Harf Zimmermann, courtesy of the Philip Johnson Glass House

The Philadelphia area is rich in modern architectural gems and local efforts to preserve these structures are on the rise. In November 2010, the Philadelphia Historical Commission placed two Modern buildings on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places.... MORE

United Way Building, Mitchell/Giurgola and Associates, 1969
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This is the sort of news we love to share: A new DOCOMOMO chapter has received approval from DOCOMOMO US. A diverse group of art historians, educators, architects, preservationists, construction managers and realtors are among the founding members of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter.... MORE

Wachs Residence, Irwin Stein, 1960
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New York architect Edgar Tafel passed away January 18 at the age of 98. He was the last survivor of Frank Lloyd Wright's original Taliesin Fellowship team. Working with Wright and fellow apprentices from 1932 to 1941, he played key roles in the creation of such iconic structures as the Fallingwater House and the administration building for Johnson Wax.... MORE

Photo: Fran Leadon

The Modern Movement in the Garden State, has, until now, been an under-studied subject. However, with the help of a series of graduate and undergraduate interns from Rutgers University’s Art History department who are working with DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State, the topic is gradually coming into focus. Creation of a database that brings together basic information on property names, original owners, original architects, dates of construction, and historic and current photos is underway and is beginning to shed light on the variety of Modern buildings and landscapes that populate the state.... MORE

NJ State Museum, GRAD Partnership, 1960s
photo: Ann Keen