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News May 2017

The gut renovation and expansion of the long suffering Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY, is nearing completion, but there is little reason to celebrate the milestone. One third of the Brutalist complex met its fate with the wrecking ball, while the rest was stripped to its structural bones—an architectural rape captured in disturbing photos. What stands there today is a ghost of Paul Rudolph’s 1970 corduroy concrete marvel. ... MORE

The comeback story of Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion continues. Following the launch of People for the Pavilion, the premiere of the Modern Ruin documentary, open houses, a bright repainting, and the National Trust Ideas Competition, the long-neglected site may finally get some much-needed upgrades. The City of New York has dedicated $14.25 million for structural conservation work on the observation towers, waterproofing of the tower bases, improvements to the electrical infrastructure and architectural lighting of the observation towers and the Tent of Tomorrow. ... MORE

Photo courtesy NYC Parks Department

By calling attention to threatened historic resources, Preservation NJ’s “10 Most” list increases public awareness of historic reservation issues and focuses critical attention on selected properties to assist in their preservation. This year’s list includes three Modern sites: the James Rose Center (Ridgewood, Bergen County), the Department of Health and Agriculture (Trenton, Mercer County), and the Caldwell Motor Bank (Caldwell, Essex County). ... MORE

The Pope-Leighey House, originally located in Falls Church and now in Alexandria, VA, has undergone a restoration just in time for the sesquicentennial of its architect’s birth. It was commissioned by Loren Pope in 1939, who, despite being a 28-year-old copy editor of modest means, was intent on having Wright design a home for him and his wife, Charlotte. After writing a letter to Wright saying as much, Wright agreed, and designed the Popes a Usonian-style home—his solution for providing high-quality homes for middle class Americans. ... MORE

The goal of #ModernCentury is to involve the public in a global discussion about Modern architecture and preservation advocacy. Individuals can participate by posting a photo of a Modern site to Instagram using the hashtag #ModernCentury and tagging @WorldMonumentsFund. Every week until May 26, five sites will be selected and added to WMF's online photo gallery, where they can be voted on.... MORE

Phoenix Financial Center, Wenceslaus Sarmiento, 1964-68. © Modern Phoenix