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Today's Google graphic celebrates the 126th birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with an illustration of Crown Hall at IIT. Google calls these "Doodles." Should you ever want to kill some time you can browse the Google Doodles archive.... MORE

Since our February email news, there has been a major development on the Orange County Government Center front. On May 6, Orange County legislators will decide the fate of the Paul Rudolph-designed complex in Goshen, NY. The World Monuments Fund, the Paul Rudolph Foundation, DOCOMOMO US and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State have been working together to bring about a more thorough and unbiased conditions study of the building along with precise estimates for its renovation. While the county has not allowed building access, the advocacy groups stress that this step is essential to having a cost comparative study of all possible options that would save the historically significant building as well as save the county funds.... MORE

If you've traveled through the George Washington Bridge Bus Station recently you've probably found it dreary and deserted—vacant storefronts and more pigeons than people at the ticketing level. This is about to change as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and a private developer move forward on a $183 million dollar overhaul of the station.... MORE

George Washington Bridge Bus Station, Pier Luigi Nervi, 1963.
Image: Library of Congress

On March 15, a crowd gathered on the sidewalk at 130 E. 64th Street to celebrate a small plaque on a bold building: the Victorian-era townhouse that Edward Durell Stone reworked in his signature style in 1956. If you’ve walked this block of 64th Street you’ve seen the grille. The plaque, which proclaims the architectural significance of Stone’s work and this house in particular, was unveiled as part of the Cultural Medallion Program run by the Historic Landmarks Preservation Center. The Historic Districts Council was co-sponsor of the event.

Stone renovated the house for his family, opening up the 1878 façade with three stories of floor-to-ceiling windows alternating with bands of limestone. He then covered the facade with a grille of decorative concrete block the full four-story height. In 1981 the house gained landmark protection as part of the Upper East Side Historic District.... MORE

Stone Townhouse, Edward Durell Stone, 1956.

We've just published the 2012 No. 1 issue of the DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State Newsletter. You'll find articles on Nervi's George Washington Bridge Bus Station, Kevin Roche, Roosevelt Island and Modern architecture hiding in New Jersey. Plus, a first-of-its-kind survey article using citation counts in reference sources to rank Modern landmarks in the tri-state region. A diverse selection of book notes completes the issue. Many thanks to all who contributed the articles, images and expertise without which there would be no newsletter. Get the PDF.... MORE

DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State was one of 14 groups or individuals who testified at the March 12 Public Design (formerly Art) Commission hearing on the redesign of Kevin Roche’s 1970 Fifth Avenue plaza at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ten of those testifying were opposed to the proposed design, including (besides DOCOMOMO NY/Tri) the Historic Districts Council, Defenders of the Upper East Side, preservationist Ted Grunewald, and several neighborhood residents.... MORE