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(photo left to right)  Ben Weese, Jack Hartray, Don Hackl, Otto Stark, John Vinci, Joe Rosa

 
     
 

Mid-Century Modern Architects Panel Discussion

A panel discussion with Mid-Century Modern architects was sponsored by Landmarks Illinois and AIA Chicago as the opening event for Landmarks Illinois’ 2007 Statewide Preservation Conference held in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood in June. Local architecture icons discussed their prolific careers, via an open dialogue, and offered the audience an unparalleled opportunity to visit the era firsthand through personal accounts, anecdotes and experiences.

The discussion included the academic forces influencing design interests, economic and cultural divides, emerging technologies, Chicago’s “incubator” firms (and the work and personnel they produced) and the life-long partnerships and friendships developed alongside professional competitions. Participants gave their thoughts on the preservation community now embracing the need to protect the Mid-Century architecture they produced.

A transcript of the lively discussion with architects Ben Weese, Jack Hartray, John Vinci, Otto Stark and Don Hackl, moderated by Joseph Rosa, can be accessed through the Architects Panel Transcript.PDF.

 
 

 

New “Recent Past” Publication

 

Love them or hate them, there's no question that "modern" buildings of the postwar era (1940s to '60s) transformed cities, towns, suburbs, and landscapes throughout the country. Now preservationists need to take a serious look at these resources -- too new to be considered "historic" by many, but old enough to be in danger of alteration and replacement -- to consider which ones merit protection. Preserving Resources from the Recent Past, a new Preservation Book by Jeanne Lambin, looks at the historic context of the postwar building boom, the special challenges of preserving this legacy, and some case studies of community successes. The 28-page book features an illustrated guide to building types and styles. For more information go to: www.preservationbooks.org/Bookstore.asp.

 

Recent Past Links

 

Chicago Bauhaus and Beyond
www.chicagobauhausbeyond.org

Documenting and Preservation Modern Movement Architecture
www.docomomo-us.org

Mid-Twentieth Century Preservation
www.illinoishistory.gov/

Mid-Century Modern Commercial Resources
www.illinoishistory.gov/ps/midcentury.htm

 

ModCom
www.modcom.org

Recent Past Initiative
www.cr.nps.gov/hps/tps/recentpast

Recent Past Preservation Network
www.recentpast.org

Rest Area History
www.restareahistory.org

 

     

 

 

 

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