Restoration of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois
Robert Score, AIA, Director of Historic Preservation, Consigli Construction, Boston
Monday March 11, 2019, 6-8 pm
BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Boston, MA
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1908, Unity Temple is one of Wright's greatest early works and a National Historic Landmark. It is included as one of the ten sites nominated to the World Heritage list as the Key Works of Modern Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright. The recently completed $23 million restoration included concrete repairs, recreation of original plaster and paint finishes, wood restoration, art glass restoration, lighting restoration, new MEP systems including geothermal wells, and the introduction of air conditioning. The project also included the integration of accessibility improvements, theatrical lighting, audio visual systems, IT and security upgrades.
Bob Score, who was the architectural lead for the development of the preservation plan, conservation studies and the restoration in his prior role at Harboe Architects, PC, Chicago, IL, will present the investigations and treatments that were implemented for the restoration.
Bauhaus 100 Metallisches Fest
Saturday, May 18 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Gropius House, 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Mass.
Walter Gropius founded the influential German design school known as the Bauhaus in 1919. Historic New England invites you to celebrate the centennial at the 2019 Metallisches Fest, a metal-themed party honoring the spirit of the Bauhaus.
Enjoy live music, light hors d’oeuvres, and drinks, including Gropius House Cider by Shacksbury. Metallic jewelry and/or clothing is encouraged but not required.
Support for this event is provided by a friend of Walter Gropius.
Advance tickets required. https://my.historicnewengland.org/2791/3163 Please call 781-259-8098 for more information.
PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY HISTORIC NEW ENGLAND BY ROBERT DAMORA @ DAMORA ARCHIVE
The Bauhaus and Harvard
February 8, 2019–July 28, 2019
Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums
32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA
Bauhaus exhibit is definitely worth checking out!
Walter Gropius, who would become a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, founded the Bauhaus movement in Germany and ensured that much of its output would have a final home at the University. An exhibit at the Harvard Art Museums features that material.
Image: Herbert Bayer, Design for a Multimedia Trade Fair Booth, 1924. Opaque watercolor, charcoal and touches of graphite with collage of cut printed and colored papers on off-white wove paper. Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of the artist, BR48.101. © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn.
Facade Longevity: Restoring Wood Storefront at Wellesley College's Jewett Arts Center by Paul Rudolph (1958)
Presentation by docomomo-US/New England
Monday February 11, 2019, 6-8 pm. BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Boston, MA
While the talk is about a college building, it is more applicable generally to modern period houses, which tend to have wood windows.
A presentation will be given by Marie S.A. Sorensen, AIA, President, Sorensen Partners | Architects + Planners, Inc. on Paul Rudolph's Jewett Arts Center at Wellesley College, completed in 1958, is an iconic mid-century modern building - Rudolph's first large-scale work and arguably the first collegiate "arts center" complex combining music and art in a single building. Following the guidelines of a Getty-sponsored conservation plan for the building published in 2017, incremental improvements are being undertaken on the building. Wood storefront enclosing the building's music library is a current priority. The music library is suspended over the Academic Quad on a concrete slab with wide brick panels punctuated by 13-foot high oriel windows spanned by clerestory. Sixty years of weather on this northeast facade with a four-inch concrete brow has caused significant portions of the pine storefront to deteriorate. Sorensen, who was OPM on the conservation plan, will present her firm's technical and methodological preservation analysis of the options available for restoration and replacement, reflecting input from preservation experts and restoration contractors.
We look forward to further discussion and debate of this preservation challenge, and to sharing this analysis with owners and architects facing similar technical issues.
Open to the public, and if people are late to R.S.V.P that is no problem.
Winter Carnival – An Evening at Gropius House
Friday, February 1, 2019 from 5 pm to 7 pm.
68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Mass.
During this evening open house, see how Walter Gropius’s innovative lighting scheme comes to life at night. Gropius, founder of the German design school the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. His 1938 home showcases the clean lines of Modernist design. Take home a snowflake cookie!
As always, free admission to all Lincoln residents.
Please call 781-259-8098 for more information.
Bauhaus: The Face of the 20th Century
The Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln and Historic New England
Thursday, January 31, Lincoln Library from 7 to 9 pm
To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus, FoMA and Historic New England will offer this 50-minute film looking at the development of the Bauhaus, its studio work, its key figures, and footage of its founder and Lincoln resident Walter Gropius. The film provides context by examining the political unrest and economic chaos of the Weimar Republic in Germany and offers rare archival footage of the Bauhaus at Dessau. Please enjoy refreshments and conversation after the film.
Photos below: Master's home, Dessau, Walter Gropius 1926; Gropius House, Lincoln, Walter Gropius 1938.