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Machado Silvetti’s Glass House Project will preserve Virginian ruins

Four years after AN crowned Machado Silvetti’s Glass House Project as our 2016 Best of Design Award for Unbuilt winner, work to infill and preserve the 1769 home of a Declaration of Independence signer with glass has begun. The ruins of Menokin, the former home of Francis Lightfoot Lee on a 500-acre Virginian tobacco plantation, […]

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Renovation of Federal Reserve Board headquarters portends a battle over civic architecture

Paul Philippe Cret’s 1937 building for the Federal Reserve Board (FRB)—the Marriner S. Eccles Building—stands as a prime example of neoclassical civic architecture along Washington, D.C.’s Constitution Avenue. But the white marble building may have prompted new proposed guidelines around federal architecture, if conversations swirling in meetings of the Commission of Fine Arts are any […]

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Modernist Michigan gem threatened with significant alternations

Southfield, a first-ring Detroit suburb and commercial hub in Oakland County, Michigan, is known as a hotbed of modernist architecture complete with sprawling, National Register of Historic Places-listed subdivisions stuffed with midcentury split-level and ranch homes, and prominent buildings designed by the likes of Minoru Yamasaki, Gunnar Birkerts, and Victor Gruen. Now, one of the […]

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Portland yanks online database of unreinforced masonry buildings

How officials in Portland, Oregon, have gone about treating the city’s sizable stock of earthquake-vulnerable unreinforced masonry buildings—roughly 1,600 of them in total including churches, apartment buildings, schools, businesses, and more—has been a contentious, even litigious issue for several years now. Now, in a new development of an ongoing controversy, the city has opted to […]

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National Register of Historic Places-listed Pennsylvania church gutted by fire

Last night, the 124-year-old Third Presbyterian Church in Chester, Pennsylvania, was decimated by a five-alarm fire that reportedly kept raging into this morning. The National Register of Historic Places-listed church, designed by Philadelphia’s Isaac Pursell, lost its interiors and windows and suffered a roof collapse, leaving only the ashlar masonry walls still standing. According to […]

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Demolition work begins on NRHP-listed modernist building in Kansas City

Interior demolition work is underway at a Mies van der Rohe–inspired building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The modernist mid-rise structure, formerly home to the city’s Board of Education and central library, will be fully razed in the coming weeks although the fate of the building’s colorful, beloved mosaic murals by prominent local artist, the […]

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The Farnsworth House is (once again) besieged by floodwaters

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, certainly the most flood-prone site in the National Trust for Preservation’s storied portfolio, has once again found itself threatened following catastrophic rains that ravaged much of the Midwest during the first half of this week. (In Chicago, this May has been one for the books in terms of […]

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Coronavirus may close Shakespeare’s Globe theater permanently

Shakespeare’s Globe theater (or theatre, if you’re on-site in London), is a faithful recreation of the same historic venue that the bard’s company originally performed in from 1599 to 1613—but whereas the original building was felled by fire, the 1997 replica may be killed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. The new Globe theater is a […]

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Protests erupt over historic theater demolition and BIG’s replacement in Albanian capital

Fueled by existing civil unrest, heated protests involving clashes with the police—and at least one high-profile arrest—have erupted in the Albanian capital of Tirana after officials proceeded with the planned demolition of the National Theatre of Albania (Teatri Kombëtar). The in-disrepair but culturally revered landmark was completed in 1939 during the Italian occupation. The ongoing […]

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San Jose preservationists move to protect Brutalist César Pelli building from demolition

Before his name became synonymous with very tall skyscrapers, the late Argentine architect César Pelli completed a handful of projects in the 1960s and ’70s—all with Gruen Associates–that were decidedly, but not exclusively, squat: A (now demolished) shopping mall in Columbus, Indiana; an (endangered) former research facility built in Clarksburg, Maryland, for a Congress-established satellite communications […]

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MoMA urges Norwegian government to preserve Picasso mural-clad Oslo office building

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has joined the growing effort to save an unoccupied yet culturally significant Oslo governmental office block that was close to the site of a car bombing carried out as part of a larger domestic terror attack on July 22, 2011, from being demolished under the order of Norwegian officials. […]

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Planned removal of stone sculpture at National Geographic campus continues to generate outrage

When the National Geographic Society revealed its plans to overhaul the main entrance plaza to its designed Washington, D.C. campus last summer, MARABAR, an evocative sculptural installation consisting of five massive mahogany boulders flanking a long and narrow reflecting pool, was conspicuously absent from design renderings of the revamped landscape. Completed by lauded New York-based […]

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