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DOCOMOMO US Announces winners of the 2016 Modernism in America Awards

June 25, 2016

Last week DOCOMOMO US announced the jury’s choices for this year’s Modernism in America Awards. All 10 winning projects highlight the diversity of important modern buildings and sites and a new desirability by the public to live and work in midcentury architecture and design. While often at the center of intense preservation efforts, these structures can be preserved in a meaningful and productive way that enhances their presence and value in their respective communities. The winner list includes two outstanding projects in the New York/Tri-State region: The renovation of the Met Breuer (previously Whitney Museum) and the façade restorations of the United Nations Campus. Read more about the winners.

Speaking on the impact of the Awards program jury chair, Frederick A. Bland, FAIA, AICP noted, “DOCOMOMO US has changed the environment and level of conversation for buildings and projects often disliked or derided. Saving buildings through careful and rigorous adaptive use is now the norm.” Design Within Reach has signed on as the first program sponsor of the Modernism in America Awards and presentation of the awards will be September 22 at the Design Within Reach Studio in New York City.

DESIGN AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Mellon Square (Pittsburgh, PA)
Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Building (Los Angeles, CA)
Frederick and Harriet Rauh Residence (Cincinnati, OH)
Michigan Modern (Michigan)

CITATION OF MERIT
Margaret Esherick House (Philadelphia, PA)
The Met Breuer (New York, NY)
The Shepley Bulfinch Architecture Firm Office (Phoenix, AZ)
Houston: Uncommon Modern (Houston, TX)

CITATION OF TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
United Nations Campus Renovation of Facades (New York, NY)
Tower of Hope, Christ Cathedral (Garden Grove, CA)