Archive for the ‘Preservation’

Saving the 1970 Brown Planetarium

Named as one of Arlington County’s most endangered historic places for 2010, the 1970 David M. Brown Planetarium in Arlington is facing closure amid much needed capital improvements that the county’s school district said it cannot fund. The mid-century facility is the sole freestanding school planetarium open to the public in the D.C. area. While […]

DCPL Preservation Conference to Explore Mid-Century Modern Issues

Two panels during the D.C. Preservation League’s upcoming 2010 Citywide Historic Preservation Conference will focus on preserving mid-century modern buildings in the city. The concurrent sessions on Friday, Sept. 24, are entitled “Preservation and Public Opinion” and “Rehabilitating Modern Buildings.” The first session will look at the sagas of two D.C. landmarks: the 1971 Third […]

Last Chance to Submit for DCPL’s 2010 Most Endangered Places List

Tomorrow is the last day to get in your nominations for the D.C. Preservation League’s 2010 list of Most Endangered Places. Any MCM buildings you think should be nominated? Selections will be announced in May. Click here for more info.

Saarinen’s U.S. Embassy in London Protected

Eero Saarinen’s 1960 U.S. embassy in London A year ago I posted here and here about the potential demise of Eero Saarinen’s brutalist U.S. embassy in London. While the U.S. still plans to move its embassy to a new location, Saarinen’s 1960 building cannot be destroyed. In giving the building “Grade II” status Britain Minister […]

Charles Goodman Included in New Canaan’s Modern Home Study

Charles Goodman Launched nearly two years ago, the “Modern Homes Survey: New Canaan Connecticut” is now available online. The survey catalogues 91 homes built between 1939 and 1979 and has bios on 31 architects who helped turn New Canaan into one of the meccas of modernism in the country. D.C.’s very own Charles Goodman is […]

Summer Reading: Larry Van Dyne’s ‘Tear It Down! Save It!’

If you are looking for something to read on the beach this summer, take a look at this fascinating 10,000-word Washingtonian article by Larry Van Dyne on the history of Washington preservation efforts, including the growing debate over what to do with modern structures built during the past 50 years. “The conflict over the [Third […]

Event: Wright Conservancy Guggenheim and NY House Tour; June 20

Max Hoffman House (1955). Photo by Steve Maxwell. Calling all Frank Lloyd Wright fans. Join the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy‘s for Out and About Wright: New York on June 20. Start the day with a lecture at the newly restored Guggenheim Museum and then tour privately owned and rarely open Wright-designed homes in the […]

Third Church Makes DCPL’s Most Endangered List

The D.C. Preservation League unveiled its 2009 Most Endangered Places list yesterday. The one modern building on the list was no surprise: the Third Church of Christ, Scientist at 900 16th St. NW. The Brutalist-style church, built in 1971, made the list last year as well. The city recently said the church, which was designated […]

Roger Lewis: ‘The Triumph and Decline of a Truly Brutal Style’

Post columnist Roger K. Lewis, a practicing architect and a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland, gives some of the history of brutalist architecture and tells preservationists not to worry too much over the Third Church of Christ decision. “[P]reservationists should not panic,” he writes in today’s column. “This was a special […]