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Events April 2015


The Modern Firm, Then and Now: Jan Hird Pokorny Associates

April 29, 2015

The Association for Preservation Technology, Northeast Chapter (APT/NE), in collaboration with DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State and the Metro New York Chapter of the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI) is pleased to present the first installment of a new series, “The Modern Firm, Then and Now.”

Join professional preservationists and Modern enthusiasts for an engaging evening at the Manhattan offices of Jan Hird Pokorny Associates (JHPA). Projects will be culled directly from the archives to present the firm’s evolution from its inception as a Modernist design firm in 1946 through its early roots in historic preservation. The presentation will also highlight JHPA’s more recent work, including the restoration of Russel Wright’s Manitoga, which represented a return to the firm’s Modernist beginnings.

Since the late 1960s, JHPA’s primary focus has been on architecture, planning, and preservation for historic buildings and sites. Today, almost all of the firm’s projects involve landmarked buildings deemed to be of local, state, or national significance. While the firm’s restoration and preservation commissions vary widely in scope and scale, they all call for sensitivity towards contextual planning and design as well as knowledge of historic materials and construction techniques and current conservation practice.

Significant milestone projects in the firm’s history will be presented through original drawings, photographs, renderings, and magazine articles. Discussion will also touch on Jan himself—his roots, early designs, and recollections from those who knew him well. Light refreshments will be provided.

Wednesday April 29, 6:00pm
Jan Hird Pokorny Associates
39 West 37th St, Floor 12A
Capacity is limited
$20 for APT/NE, DOCOMOMO, ICRI members; $30 general admission

NOTE: registration code for DOCOMOMO member rate is PARTNER15

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Top: SUNY Stony Brook Student Center, 1965. Photo by Rollie McKenna. Bottom: self-portrait of “Jan the Architect,” drawn by Jan Hird Pokorny for his Christmas card in 1940.


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