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Modernism in America award winners

May 28, 2019

DOCOMOMO US announced 10 recipients of 2019 Modernism in America Awards. The winning projects showcase the best in preservation practices for modern sites around the country, acknowledging the architects, designers, and preservation professionals leading this work.

In the NY/Tri-State area, the single-story, rectangular, steel-glass-and-brick Schlumberger Research Center Administration Building (Philip Johnson, 1952) in Ridgefield, CT, was awarded a Design Citation of Merit for the restoration and the advocacy that brought the compact office complex back from neglect. The building consists of perimeter offices organized around a central core that combines an open-air landscaped courtyard, glass-enclosed conference room, and library. The Schlumberger building was vacant for years before the local municipality purchased the building and formed a committee to decide its future use. After consulting with DOCOMOMO NY Tri-State on its significance, BassamFellows Inc.—both owner and design team—succeeded in negotiating a long-term lease and began restoration work and building code upgrades to bring new life to the executive offices they will now call home.

DOCOMOMO US President Theodore Prudon noted, “This year’s Awards recognize projects as holistic and collaborative efforts. Modernism was about societal progress through design, and it is important that likewise we, as preservationists of this era, continue to push for improvements in how we identify, document, and preserve our modern heritage.” 

For the full list of award winners and the official press release, please visit the DOCOMOMO US website.

Schlumberger Research Center Administration Building (Philip Johnson, 1952) in Ridgefield, CT.