This grouping presents highlights from DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State's advocacy agenda from 2008 to the present. It is not an inclusive or definitive list of Modern movement buildings of significance.

From the newly discovered to old favorites, these buildings have garnered our attention. They have warranted our advocacy in the past or they need it now.

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The advocacy pages are work in progress. Help build the site by volunteering to write one of our "Forthcoming" building bios.

New York State Pavilion/1964 World's Fair
Philip Johnson & Richard Foster / 1962-1964
Queens, New York

Commissioned by the State of New York for the 1964 World's Fair in New York City (Queens), the New York State Pavilion was the largest in the fair and is one of the few structures from the fair to remain standing today. ... MORE

Chatham Towers
Kelly & Gruzen / 1959-1965
New York, New York

Chatham Towers is among the high points of post-war housing design in New York City. A formally powerful and technically adventuresome project that attempted to raise the baseline for middle-class living, it is also one of the city’s foremost examples of the Brutalist mode. ... MORE

510 Fifth Avenue
Gordon Bunshaft, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill / 1954
New York, New York

The 1954 Manufacturers Trust branch bank on Fifth Avenue in Midtown is SOM partner Gordon Bunshaft's response to the client's forward-looking program and the specifics of its site. The structure's transparency responded to the bank's wish to appear progressive and readily accessible to an expanding range of customers. ... MORE

Trenton Bath House
Louis I. Kahn / 1954-1959
Ewing, New Jersey

The Bath House was commissioned by the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of the Delaware Valley as part of a complex of buildings that would serve as a social center for the Jewish community of southern New Jersey. ... MORE

University Village/Silver Towers
I.M. Pei & Associates / 1960-1967
New York, New York

This three-tower apartment complex exemplifies the elegant spatial compositions and refined use of exposed concrete found in the work of I.M. Pei & Associates. ... MORE

Curran/O'Toole Building
Albert C. Ledner / 1961-1964
New York, New York

Resembling a ship docked smack at the edge of New York’s Greenwich Village, the new headquarters building for the National Maritime Union made a dramatic impression when it was dedicated in May of 1964. And it still does. ... MORE

John W. Chorley Elementary School
Paul Rudolph / 1964-1969
Middletown, New York

Chorley Elementary School is the one building Paul Rudolph designed that is scaled specifically to children. It is an internal landscape of open classrooms, referred to as the “continuous progress plan." Today, Chorley Elementary is facing a fate almost identical to Rudolph’s Riverview High: demolition for a bus parking lot. ... MORE

Bell Laboratories
Eero Saarinen & Associates with Sasaki, Walker & Associates / 1957-1962
Holmdel, New Jersey

Bell Telephone Laboratories designed by Eero Saarinen & Associates with Sasaki, Walker & Associates (1957-1962) was built for the research division of AT&T Corporation. It was commissioned to be an iconic symbol of the company’s innovative technology endeavors. ... MORE

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Harrison, Abramovitz, Johnson, Saarinen, Bunshaft, Belluschi / 1955-1969
New York, New York

Photo: Ezra Stoller © esto.com
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Look Building
Emery Roth & Sons / 1950
New York, New York

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Lincoln Center North Plaza
Dan Kiley / 1965
New York, New York

Photo: K. Randall
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George Washington Bridge Bus Station
Pier Luigi Nervi / 1963
New York, NY

Photo: © Megan Wurth
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Kips Bay Plaza/Towers
I.M. Pei & Associates / 1963
New York, New York

Photo: K. Randall
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Spring Mills Building
Harrison & Abramovitz / 1963
New York, New York

Photo: Rich Ray
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Chase Manhattan Tower and Plaza
Gordon Bunshaft / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill / 1964
New York, New York

Photo: Ezra Stoller © esto.com
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Connecticut General Insurance Company
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill / 1956-1957
Bloomfield, Connecticut

Photo: Ezra Stoller © esto.com
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900 Fifth Avenue
Sylvan & Robert Bien / 1958
New York, New York

Photo: John Arbuckle
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TWA Flight Center/JFK Airport
Eero Saarinen / 1962
Queens, New York

Photo: Nina Rappaport
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Guardian Life Insurance Company Annex
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill / 1963
New York, New York

Photo: K. Randall
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Church of the Resurrection
Victor Lundy / 1965
New York, New York

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2 Columbus Circle
Edward Durell Stone & Associates / 1964
New York, New York

Photo: © Anne Schlecher
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Micheels House
Paul Rudolph / 1972
Westport, Connecticut

Photo: Robert Cohen
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