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.
The Bauhaus and Harvard
February 8, 2019 - July 28, 2019
Special Exhibitions Gallery, Harvard Art Museums
Mounted in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bauhaus in Weimar, Germany — presents nearly 200 works by 74 artists, drawn almost entirely from the Busch-Reisinger Museum’s extensive Bauhaus collection. Image below: Herbert Bayer, Design for a Multi-media Trade Fair Booth, 1924. Harvard Art Museums/ Busch-Reisinger Museum.
More info here
The Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln
Annual Membership Appreciation Meeting
Sunday, November 4, from 6 to 8 pm
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum/Lincoln, Massachusetts
As a prelude to the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus in 2019,
a slide presentation by architect, Dogan W. Arthur, and author, Dana Robbat
highlighting the historical arc of Modernism in Lincoln
based on Plain Living, High Thinking: Social Idealists and their Architecture
The Friends of Modern Architecture/Lincoln Annual Award
presented to Historic New England and Carl R. Nold, President and CEO
in recognition of outstanding leadership in protecting New England’s cultural history
including Lincoln’s landmark 1938 Gropius House
Please join us for an evening of appreciation for your support and
to recognize the fine work of Historic New England.
To become a member click here
We look forward to seeing you!
Mid-Century Modern: Carl Koch’s Conantum
In the Special Collections Display Cases at the Concord Free Public Library in Concord, Massachusetts an exhibit looks at Concord’s Conantum community and Carl Koch, the innovative architect who designed it. Every Concordian knows something about the Conantum story, but discovering the foundational ideas that launched it, and understanding the history of mid-twentieth century domestic architecture that inspired it, expand the story.