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Calendar of Events: July 2019

Experience Modern architecture. Take a tour, view an exhibition, attend a lecture or otherwise connect with people equally captivated by the history and future of this period. Our online calendar highlights events related to Modern architecture in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, and occasionally further a field, presented by a wide-ranging roster of organizations.


Further AfieldTour

Visit the Lustron House

The Harold Hess Lustron House, located in Closter, New Jersey, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 25, 2000. It is owned by the town and managed by the Friends of The Hess Lustron House. More

Photos courtesy NJ Historic Preservation Office


2019 Sunset Tours of Manitoga

Visit Manitoga and enjoy a late afternoon in-depth tour of the house, studio, and woodland garden of pioneer industrial designer, Russel Wright (1904–1976). After exploring these highlights of the 75-acre site, view a majestic sunset with a glass of wine and conversation with other design enthusiasts on Dragon Rock House's terraces overlooking the quarry pool. More

Dragon Rock, Russel Wright\'s house--with its very early green roof.


Modern Architecture & Adaptive Re-Use in the West Village & Meatpacking District

Follow AIA New York tour guide and DOCOMOMO Board member Kyle Johnson to discover lesser-known examples of Modern architecture, some stunning new buildings, and creative examples of adaptive re-use in the West Village and Meatpacking District. More

Maritime Union Building, Albert Ledner, 1966, now Maritime Hotel. photo: Beyond my Ken/CC BY-SA 4.0


The Architecture of William Prescott

Architect William Prescott (1926-1971) grew up in Keeseville, earned a degree at Princeton, and worked at the architectural firm of Howell, Lewis & Shay in Philadelphia before returning to the North Country as principal of W. H. Prescott Associates in Plattsburgh, NY. His distinctly modern style—gently sloped roofs, large overhangs, wide chimneys, vertical wood siding and large expanses of glass—is evident across a wide range of residential, commercial, and municipal properties in the Adirondacks. This tour organized by Adirondack Architectural Heritage includes stops at two Plattsburgh churches and several Prescott-designed private residences along with the opportunity to go inside the former Paleface Ski Center lodge and to view a stunning, mountainside camp in Keene Valley. More

(former) Paleface Ski Center, William Prescott. Photo: Clinton County Historical Association.


Repair, Restore, Rebirth: The Inside Story of the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport

Following a meticulous restoration, Eero Saarinen’s landmark 1962 Trans World Airlines terminal has been given new life as the centerpiece and arrival point for the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport. The design elegantly and respectfully accomplishes two seemingly disparate goals. It preserves the integrity of the iconic Saarinen building, and reactivates it as the heart of a dynamic hotel with restaurants, retail, and other amenities. The project includes two new seven-story hotel buildings and a subterranean conference center with 45 meeting rooms and a 7,000-square-foot banquet hall. This moderated panel will hear from key players on the fascinating genesis of the 25-year-long project: how the building was saved from the wrecking ball then restored and repositioned as a contemporary destination. More

Post-restoration view, TWA Flight Center main waiting area. Photo Max Touhey, courtesy MCR.
Continuing this month


June 25, 2019

Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx

Roberto Burle Marx (1909–1994) was a force of nature in Brazil—through his bold landscapes, vibrant art, and passionate commitment to plant conservation. Observe his artistic energy and love of plants during the New York Botanical Garden’s exhibition of lush gardens; paintings, drawings, and textiles; and the sights and sounds of Brazil that inspired his life and work. More