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News March 2011

Just this week the NYC Landmarks Commission officially designated Japan Society Headquarters (1971), making it the city’s youngest landmark, (a distinction previously held by Roche-Dinkeloo’s Ford Foundation headquarters, 1967) and the 12th Modern site to receive designation since 2003. The five-story Japan Society building at 333 West 47th Street was designed by Junzo Yoshimura, a leading Japanese architect during the second half of the 20th century, and George Shimamoto, an architect at the firm now known as Gruzen & Partners.... MORE

Japan Society, Junzo Yoshimura & George Shimamoto, 1971. photo: Wikipedia Commons

As part of its mission to create awareness and appreciation of mid-century Modern buildings, the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of DOCOMOMO US recently provided a tour of a 1950 home designed by Norman Rice to first year architecture students at Philadelphia University.... MORE

Philadelphia University students at the Rothner house (Norman Rice, 1950)

On Tuesday March 15 the NYC Landmarks Commission will hear testimony on the proposed alterations to the Manufacturers Trust Company Building, a designated landmark that as of February 15, 2010 received interior designation as well. At the Certificate of Appropriateness hearing Vornado Realty Trust, the current owner, along with its architect Skidmore Owings & Merrill, will present plans for converting the first and second floor spaces to retail use. ... MORE

photo: Ezra Stoller © Esto