Prominence of name has never guaranteed the preservation of architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Park Avenue Showroom was demolished in 2013 just blocks from his iconic Guggenheim Museum, Louis Kahn’s Philadelphia commercial storefront was torn down in 2014, just a couple of years after the grand unveiling of his Four Freedoms Park in New York.
Since opening in 1976, 1 United Nations Plaza has been an experience like tumbling into a hall of mirrors.
Closed in 2001 with TWA’s absorption by American Airlines, the TWA Flight Center designed by Eero Saarinen at JFK has been vacant ever since.
All over the United States mid-century structures are in danger of disappearing. The new Modernism in America Awards from the nonprofit conservation organization Docomomo US are aiming to bring attention to some of these buildings, and show why saving them is important.
This Saturday, the US chapter of Docomomo, a nonprofit dedicated to “documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement” is hosting Tour Day 2013 across the country.