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In what has been described by some as “strangely anti-climatic,” the Orange County Legislature voted 15-6 in favor of renovating Paul Rudolph’s 1967 Government Center, putting an end to a heated three-year debate about the building’s future—or not. The early February vote approves a $10 million bond for renovations, which comes with $2.7 million in funding from FEMA if used within a certain timeframe. It was this looming deadline that ultimately pushed the vote.... MORE

Thanks to the heedfulness and goodwill of its commissioning owner, Robert Graham, one of Eliot Noyes’ most distinct private residences is now protected indefinitely. The Graham House (1969) in Stamford, CT, is the 84th privately-owned property (and fourth mid-century Modern) to be protected under the Historic New England Stewardship Easement Program. The Graham House easement will permanently protect the home’s exterior, its important interior features, and nearly ten acres of its impressive and dramatic natural setting. ... MORE

In January we published the 2012 no. 2 issue of the DOCOMOMO NY/Tri-State Newsletter. This issue heads north with articles on Modern architecture at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, and a trio of towers in downtown Rochester. Back to Manhattan, read about Chatham Green at its 50 year mark; a relatively unknown, yet instructive, late 60s complex at Tenth Avenue and 40th Street; and the ever glamorous Park Avenue—in the movies no less. For an international bent, learn the history behind Mies' Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czech Republic, a site now open for public tours. The newsletter also includes advocacy updates on Midtown Manhattan East and two at-risk Manhattan interiors, plus notes on four fine new books.... MORE

With more than 60 members and friends in attendance to hear the excellent commentary of Erica Stoller and Nina Rappaport on the work of Ezra Stoller, we say our February 13 fundraiser at the Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea is one for the books! ... MORE

Erica Stoller, February 13, 2013, Yossi Milo Gallery. photo: Andrei Cervoneascii