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Events April 2015


Modern Highlights in the Hudson Valley Tour

April 25, 2015

Join DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State for a full-day spring tour in the Hudson Valley. Architectural historian and Vassar College professor Nicholas Adams will lead a tour of Modern highlights on the Vassar campus, including works by Marcel Breuer and Eero Saarinen. In addition, we will visit John Johansen’s one-of-a-kind Tent House (1974), which he designed for his own use, along with a “shed” that the Tent House's current owners, Alan Orenbuch and Bryan O’Rourke, have redesigned into a guest house. Orenbuch and O'Rourke will lead the house tour joined by Johansen’s son Christen, also an architect, who will share anecdotes about life in the house.

This full-day tour includes private transportation from Midtown Manhattan and lunch at The Red Devon, a local farm-to-table restaurant. Factor in the beautiful springtime landscape of the Hudson Valley and this tour has it all.

Modern projects we will visit at Vassar include:
• Art History Library, 1937 – John McAndrew with Theodore Muller
• Baldwin House, 1940 – Faulkner & Kingsbury
• Ferry House Cooperative, 1950 – Marcel Breuer
• Noyes House Dormitory, 1954-58 – Eero Saarinen
• Chicago Hall, 1959 – Schweikher & Elting
• College Center, 1974-75 – Jean Paul Carlhian of Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott
Along the way, we will pass Vassar buildings by significant architects, spanning from the James Renwick, Jr.’s Main Building of 1865 to the present. Others who have contributed to this fine campus include: Cesar Pelli & Associates; Perry Dean Rogers & Partners; Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer; Polshek Partnership (now Ennead Architects); Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge; York & Sawyer; McKim, Mead & White, and landscape architect Diana Balmori.

Saturday April 25
Manhattan departure 9:00 am; return by 7:00 pm
$120 DOCOMOMO members / $140 non-members
Ticket cost includes three-course lunch at The Red Devon and round trip transportation (registrants may opt to secure their own transportation to Poughkeepsie)
Capacity is limited; advanced registration is required
Questions can be directed to

Registration site

Planning Committee: John Morris Dixon & John S. Arbuckle

Dexter Ferry Cooperative House, Vassar College, Marcel Breuer, 1951. Photo: John Arbuckle
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Tent House, John Johansen, 1974, Stanfordville, NY. Designed by architect as his own house.
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