Docomomo has announced the winners of its 2018 Modernism in America Awards. These awards celebrate the people and projects working to save and reinvigorate threatened or outdated architecture. “By recognizing the important design and preservation work being done around the country, the Modernism in America Awards program is bringing awareness to the substantial contribution that preservation in general – and the postwar heritage in particular – makes to the economic and cultural life of our communities,” said Docomomo US president Theodore Prudon.
Design Within Reach is a proud sponsor of the Modernism in America Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday, June 20, at the DWR Studio on East 57th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available here.
This year’s winners include:
General Motors Design Dome & Auditorium, 1956
Designed by Eero Saarinen and Harley Earl
This large indoor viewing auditorium was constructed to give designers a way to see their vehicles in an open space, regardless of weather. The 180-foot-diameter domed structure was indirectly lighted to provide a shadowless environment for the evaluation of form and finish. This National Historic Landmark was recently renovated by the design team at SmithGroupJJR.
Joseph Curran Building / Lenox Health Greenwich Village, 1964
New York, New York
Designed by Albert Ledner
A student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Albert Ledner designed this building as part of a public relations campaign for the National Maritime Union. It served as the unions’ national headquarters until it was purchased by St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers in 1973, and became the Edward & Theresa O’Toole Medical Services building. In 2007, St. Vincent’s announced plans to replace the building with a new 329-foot hospital tower. In May 2008, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission denied the hospital’s proposal to destroy the Curran/O’Toole building. However, six months later the hospital reapplied and the Landmarks Commission approved its petition to raze the building. Three years of appeals and legal actions later, a new owner and use was identified. North Shore LIJ Health System worked with Perkins Eastman Architects to renovate the historic building, transforming it into a neighborhood medical complex with Manhattan’s first freestanding, 24-hour emergency department.
George Kraigher House, 1937
Designed by Richard Neutra
The only Richard Neutra-designed single-family residence to be built in Texas, this house was home to Pan American pilot George Kraigher. It’s believed to be the first International Style house built in the state. Threatened by neglect, fire, vandalism and water penetration, this house was the focus of nearly two decades of preservation efforts. In 2005, its luck changed. A unique partnership of community activists, city officials and the University of Texas, Brownsville/Texas Southmost College came together to secure and restore the house. University professor Lawrence V. Lof and his students led the restoration. A Historic Rehabilitation Practicum evolved from this work, and now provides students in the Industrial Technology Department hands-on experience with historic restoration construction.
University of California, San Diego
La Jolla, California
Citation of Merit for the UC San Diego Campus-wide Historic Context Statement and Historic Resource Survey.
For two years, Architectural Resources Group worked closely with UC San Diego’s campus planners to identify, inventory, document and develop policies to preserve its wealth of modern resources. The campus’ buildings include works by A. Quincy Jones, Robert Mosher, William Pereira and Lloyd Ruocco.
Join us for the Modernism in America Awards, which will be presented on Wednesday, June 20, at the DWR Studio on East 57th Street in Manhattan. Tickets are available here.
About Docomomo US:
Docomomo (documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement) is dedicated to the preservation of modern architecture, landscape and design. Through advocacy, education and documentation, it provides leadership and knowledge by demonstrating the importance of modern design principles including the social context, technical merits, aesthetics and settings of these important pieces of American history.