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Events May 2015

DOCOMOMO NY/TRIModern Conversations Series

Queens Modern with Frampton Tolbert: A Modern Conversation

May 12, 2015

Curated by preservationist Frampton Tolbert, a new website devoted to exploring and documenting Modern architecture in Queens, NY launched earlier this year. The site, Queens MODERN, looks at the borough’s mid-century architecture through the lens of the Queens Chamber of Commerce’s annual Building Awards program, which honored nearly 400 buildings between 1948 and 1970. To date, 150 of these sites have been documented and presented in a searchable, sortable database on Queens MODERN.

No stranger to presenting interesting architectural resources online, Tolbert launched the website “Mid-Century Mundane” in 2009. The site typically highlights commercial, civic, religious and educational structures of local and regional significance that exemplify how Modern architecture made it to Main Street, USA. So far, the blog documents over 500 sites (more than half in New York State) and has more than 1,500 monthly readers. In 2013, Tolbert received an independent project grant from the New York State Council on the Arts to research and document mid-century architecture in Queens, NY, and launch the Queens MODERN website.

Aside from these two initiatives, he serves as Vice President of the Recent Past Preservation Network; and as board member and past president of the Victorian Society New York. In his professional life, Tolbert is the Director of Development and Communications for the Center for Urban Pedagogy, a non-profit that uses art and design to increase meaningful civic engagement.

For our DOCOMOMO Modern Conversations program Tolbert will discuss both celebrated and lesser-known Modern architecture of Queens. Following his presentation, he will have a conversation with architectural historian and DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State board member John Kriskiewicz.

Tuesday May 12, 6:30 pm
Knoll Showroom
1330 Avenue of the Americas (at West 54th Street)
Second Floor. Enter through building lobby
Reception to follow

Tickets: $10 DOCOMOMO Members; $20 General Admission.
Capacity limited. Advance Registration Required
RSVP HERE

DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State wishes to thank Knoll for hosting this event.

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Walter Lippmann Building, Long Island City, Jerome W. Perlstein, Queens Chamber of Commerce Building award 1967.
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Simeon Heller Residence, Flushing, Simeon Heller, Queens Chamber of Commerce Building award 1954. Photos: Frampton Tolbert.
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