Docomomo DC is hosting a lecture Tuesday, April 3, by Dr. Zachary Schrag entiled An Example for the Nation’: Modernism and Classicism in the Washington Metro. Schrag is a professor of history at George Mason University and the author of The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006). The event, which will be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the new West End Library by TEN Arquitectos and local firm WDG Architecture, is free. RSVP here.
In 2014, the American Institute of Architects bestowed its Twenty-Five Year Award on the stations of the Washington Metro, noting that the “original Metro stations have become icons of Washington architecture,” and that “they are quintessentially modern while maintaining a certain grandeur befitting the nation’s capital.”
Harry Weese’s Vision for Metro
In his lecture, Schrag will explore how architect Harry Weese; his client, the National Capital Transportation Agency; and the Commission of Fine Arts integrated modernist values and Washington’s classical traditions to create a design that won admiration at the time and remains inspiring half a century later.
Introducing Mr. Schrag will be William B. Gallagher, Jr., who is a founding principal of KGP Design Studio, and whose first job out of architecture school was an eight-year stint working with Harry Weese & Associates on the D.C. Metro. His firm’s portfolio includes extensive interaction with Metro, including renovations to the Union Station concourse as well as entrances and canopies for several existing Metro stations. Gallagher also presented a lecture honoring Metro for its AIA 25-Year Award.