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News February 2014

In 1974, the 426-unit Shoreline Apartments were completed at the edge of downtown Buffalo, NY. Unlike much of the low-income housing being built at the time, which was predominately high-rise towers, Paul Rudolph designed a complex of almost garden apartment-like semi-detached buildings sited in broad S-curves on a generous site. The Shoreline Apartments applied Rudolph's spatial complexity to low-rise, high-density housing. Projecting and recessed balconies; long, low shed roofs; and hammered ribbed concrete exteriors give the complex Rudolph authenticity. Originally known as “Waterfront Shoreline Houses” the project was among many architecturally ambitious projects across the state commissioned by the New York State Urban Development Corporation under the leadership of Ed Logue.... MORE

The Maplewood Township Committee has announced plans to demolish the 1958 Maplewood Post Office and sell the site at the center of town for private redevelopment. A larger “Transit Village” type building is being planned to replace the post office. According to citizens following the developments the Township Committee is not interested in reusing or repurposing the post office—for either historical or sustainability reasons—even though it remains intact as originally designed and built and fully functional.... MORE

February Picks. Trimoca Modern Living NY/NJ/CT is an online gallery of Modern houses for sale in the tri-state area. We’ve mentioned the site before as a resource for those looking to buy and for those simply curious about the fascinating array of Modern period houses in our midst, many tucked away where we’d never find them.... MORE

In late January André Balazs Properties, the company behind The Standard hotel group, announced it was no longer pursuing plans to redevelop the TWA Flight Center into a hotel and conference center. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has issued a statement that it is "already in discussions with a second prospective candidate from the request for proposal process to redevelop the historic TWA Flight Center."... MORE

On February 11, The New York Times reported that a developer Sharif El-Gamal has announced his intent to build a 20-plus-story hotel and commercial complex where William Lescaze’s 1963 Brotherhood in Action building stands. The announcement wasn’t a great surprise—the building’s seller, Parsons The New School, recognized the value of the building’s location at 560 Seventh Avenue close to Times Square.... MORE

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Earlier this month the public learned of an attempt by the owner of the Seagram Building to remove the large painted curtain, Le Tricorne (Pablo Picasso, 1919), from the hallway connecting the Pool and Grill Rooms within the landmark-designated Four Seasons restaurant (Philip Johnson, 1959). The owner, RFR Holding headed by Modern art connoisseur Aby Rosen, claims that the wall behind the curtain is in dire need of repairs that necessitate its removal.... MORE

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Over 200 people—community residents, architecture buffs, historians, local officials—toughed near-arctic conditions to participate in People for the Pavilion’s kickoff meeting January 25 to discuss the future of Philip Johnson’s 1964 World’s Fair New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Attendees report that the room was buzzing with enthusiasm and excitement about the possibilities as individuals shared wishes, warnings and wisdom.... MORE

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and other officials visit the NYS Pavilion in February 2014. Photo: Taryn Sacramone for Queens Theater

In January Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art announced its acquisition of the Bachman-Wilson House, a Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian home threatened by repeated flooding on its site along the Millstone River in New Jersey. The house will be disassembled and transported to the museum’s 120-acre grounds in Bentonville, AK, where after its reassembly it will be accessible for study and limited tours and programming.... MORE

Bachman-Wilson House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Millstone, NJ, 1954. Image courtesy Tarantino Studio