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Preservation Magazine highlights Modern architecture

February 20, 2017

This month’s edition of Preservation Magazine, a publication of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, features in-depth coverage of two important Modern restorations: the Sculpture Gallery at the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT, and Richard Neutra’s Painted Desert Community Complex in Arizona.

The recently completed $2 million restoration of the Sculpture Gallery (1970) at Philip Johnson’s Glass House is the most expensive project undertaken at the site to date. Johnson designed the buildings so that “each sculpture could be isolated against a plain background, without any other artwork within a viewer’s line of sight.” A donation of $275,000 worth of glass panels for the roof from Oldcastle Building Envelope made the project possible.

The second article covers the ongoing restoration of Richard Neutra’s Painted Desert Community Complex, located in Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park. Constructed in the 1960s as part of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 program, the site fell into disrepair and was slated for demolition in the 1990s. That decision was rescinded in 2004. It is now being considered for National Historic Landmark status, thanks to support from a number of local groups as well as the Park’s Superintendent, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Inside The Newly Restored Sculpture Gallery At Philip Johnson’s Glass House,” Preservation Magazine, Winter 2017.

Painted Desert Community Complex’s Return To Its Modernist Roots,” Preservation Magazine, Winter 2017.

Sculpture Gallery at Philip Johnson's Glass House, photos ©Lane Coder.
Painted Desert Community Complex, photo ©Dawn Kish.