MHC Vote to Approve the Historic District Commission and FoMA Modern House Initiative

On December 13, 2017, the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC) voted to provide the following approvals of the Modern house initiative:

• With respect to the Preliminary Study Report for the Addition of Modern Houses to Lincoln Historic District, the MHC stated that it “encourages the town of Lincoln to expand the Lincoln Historic District.”

• With respect to the Preliminary Study Report for the Proposed Brown's Wood Historic District, the MHC stated that it “encourages the town of Lincoln to establish the Brown's Wood Historic District.”

Cover from Modern House Additions to HDC Preliminary Report to MHC Lincoln Planning Board re Proposed Addition of Modern Houses to Historic District 200 x 300 sm

 Cover from Browns Wood addition to HDC Preliminary Report to MHC Lincoln Planning Board re Proposed Brown s Wood Historic District 200 x 300 sm

 

Endangerment Alert - Neutra’s Cheuys House in Los Angeles

USModernist and NCMH announce a national endangerment alert for the 1958 Robert and Josephine Cheuy Residence at 2460 Sunset Plaza Drive, Los Angeles CA.  Designed by Richard Neutra, the home has been listed for sale as a “development opportunity/teardown” for $10.5 million.

Read the article at curbed.com

The Chuey House was photographed by Julius Shulman in 1960
Photo courtesy of J. Paul Getty Trust. Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles (2004.R.10)

 

FoMA Supports the Preservation the Aluminaire House

 

The Aluminaire House was a ground-breaking early Modern house that is unique among buildings that were instrumental in introducing Modernism to America. Designed in 1931 by architects A. Lawrence Kocher, managing editor of the Architectural Record, and Albert Frey, a Swiss Modernist who had studied with LeCorbusier, it was built as a case study to demonstrate the effective use of industrial materials such as aluminum and steel in a domestic building. With materials donated by companies in exchange for publicity, the house was built in ten days and received much attention in an exhibition sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art in New York that opened in 1932, “The International Style - Architecture Since 1922.” The house displayed many original features including corrugated aluminum siding, support for two upper floors of the house provided by six aluminum columns, large windows, a top floor terrace, steel doors, and black linoleum floors. It was intended to demonstrate the use of new materials, be affordable and low maintenance, and have access to fresh air and natural day light, hence its name Aluminaire.

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