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News August 2012

(Click through for a August 31 update) Victor Christ-Janer was part of the first wave of Modern architects living and working in New Canaan. In 1948 he and his wife bought a 5-acre lot and between 1949 and 1952 Christ-Janer designed and built a house for his family. He died in 2008, in this house, at age 92. A demolition permit is now pending. ... MORE

Victor Christ-Janer House, 1949-1952, New Canaan, CT. photo: modernhousenotes.blogspot.com

DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State’s Midtown Modern Project was initiated several years ago through a grant to survey Modern architecture in Midtown and ascertain the history of development and architecture in the area. With the help of Columbia University preservation graduate students over two summers we created a list of about 200 buildings that highlight the significant construction boom in Midtown from 1950–1970. ... MORE

Park Avenue in Midtown

The World Monuments Fund, Paul Rudolph Foundation and DOCOMOMO NY/ Tri-State have been following developments in Goshen and working to move a renovate and reuse plan forward for the Paul Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center (OCGC). In July, designLAB Boston gave a tour of its restoration of the UMASS Dartmouth Library designed by Paul Rudolph to eight legislators and two members of LaBella Associates, Orange County’s construction consultants, to show them the potential for restoring the Government Center. ... MORE

The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy has been working in the public arena, with national and local preservation groups and with the media, and has labored behind the scenes to try and save the David and Gladys Wright House (1950-1952) in Phoenix. Identification of a new buyer or buyers for the house is the highest priority... MORE

David Wright House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1950-1952, Phoenix. photo: preservationnation.org/azaarchitecture.com

New Jersey Governor Christie has reversed a NJ Treasury Department decision to demolish the Modernist landscape installation Green Acres designed by Athena Tacha in 1985 as part of the state’s “Percent for Art” program.... MORE

Green Acres architectural landscape, Athena Tacha, 1987, Treton, NJ. photos courtesy: Athena Tacha and The Cultural Landscape Foundation

The current controversy surrounding the removal and replacement of Athena Tacha’s 1987 architectural sculpture entitled Green Acres in Trenton, NJ underscores the fragility of our Modern cultural landscapes and has engendered considerable discussion and debate. Tacha’s site-specific work was commissioned under the Public Building Arts Inclusion Act by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to complement its new headquarters, and installed in a quiet courtyard in downtown Trenton. Green Acres comprises a combination of architectural and landscape features, including curved steps, planters, and polished green granite paving blocks with photographs of endangered New Jersey plants and wildlife sandblasted onto their surface.... MORE