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The Problems of Preserving what’s Modern: Two recent articles worth reading

January 15, 2014

In the December issue of Metropolis, Fred Bernstein looks at Modern architecture’s preservation predicament in light of economic changes. His well-reasoned argument is supported by the recent preservation scenarios of Modern landmarks across the country, including three in our region—Orange County Government Center, the O’Toole Building and Bell Labs. Titled “Worth Preserving: As the gap between the rich and the middle class widens, the challenge to save midcentury modern buildings becomes even more vexing,” Bernstein uses the article to raise some sobering possibilities: “as wealth disparities grow, any building that doesn’t meet the needs of ‘the one percent’ is a potential goner.”

“Worth Preserving: As the gap between the rich and the middle class widens, the challenge to save midcentury modern buildings becomes even more vexing,” Metropolis

For Preservation, the magazine of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Carlos Harrison explores a potential silver lining of the loss of a Chicago landmark. The article, “Reinvention Reinvented: Hope for Modernism,” also takes a nationwide look at what’s happening on the preservation front for Modern movement heritage.

 “Reinvention Reinvented: Hope for Modernism,” Preservation

Prentice Women's Hospital, Bertrand Goldberg, 1975, Chicago. Photo courtesy Bonnie McDonald