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Mid-Century Modern Structures

Materials and Preservation

April 13 - April 16, 2015

St. Louis, MO

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240px-St_Louis_night_expblend_croppedMid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium

St. Louis, Missouri April 13-16, 2015Register Now

The Friends of NCPTT, the World Monument Fund, the American Institute for Architects St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial are partnering for a jointly organized symposium on the preservation of Mid-Century Modern Structures. The meeting will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, April 14-16, 2015. A public lecture will precede the meeting on Monday evening, April 13 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Focusing primarily on the history, use, and preservation of materials found in Mid-Century modern architecture, the 2015 three-day symposium will provide in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the preservation of these structures. Special emphasis will be on modern architectural metals, but presentations on other materials, such as concrete and curtain wall structures, will be included.

Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium Schedule

Monday April 13, 2015
Public Lecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Kevin Roche and Susan Saarinen

Tuesday April 14, 2015
Keynote Speaker: Gunny Harboe
Mary Reid Brunstrom, “St. Louis’ Mid-Century Modern Architecture: The Matter of Materials”
Ann K. Dilcher, “New Contexts: Preservation Challenges of Modern Era Design”
Justine Bello et. al., “The Space Age in Construction”
Robert Silman and Ashley Wilson “The Farnsworth House”
Pamela Jerome, “Restoration and Replication of Steel Elements at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum”
Bradley Cambridge, “The Knapp’s Centre: 1930’s Art Moderne Icon Reinvented”
Christopher Domin, “Material Change: Attenuation to Significance”
Walter Sedovic, “Separating Baby from Bathwater: Conflict Resolution in Modern Materials, Systems & Form”
Claudette Stager, Betsy Bradley et. al. Panel Discussion
Opening Reception

Wednesday April 15, 2015
Plenary Session Speaker: Steve Kelley & Al O’Bright, Study of Stains and Markings on the Gateway Arch in St Louis
Catherine Houska, “A Historical Review: The Contribution of Stainless Steel’s Development and Evolution as a Construction Material to Modern Architecture and Structures”
Josh Friedland, Christine Freisinger, and David Megerle, “Investigating the Visible Stains on the Stainless Steel Skin of the Gateway Arch
James Parker, “An Engineer’s Approach to Forecast the Long-Term Effects of Environmental Thermal Cycles on the Aluminum Works in the Artillery Sheds at the Chinati Foundation”
David N. Fixler, “ No Thermal Break, No Problem: Upgrading Kahn’s Stainless Steel Windows in the Richards Building”
Evan Kopelson and Nancy Hudson, “Investigating and Understanding the New York State Pavillion’s Tent of Tomorrow and Observation Towers”
Mary Jablonski, “Fiberglas Reinforced Plastic at the Fair”
Posters Session

Thursday April 16, 2015
Plenary Session Speaker: David Bright, “Modernism at Risk”
Laura Kviklys, “Identifying the 1950s Ranch House Interior as a Cultural Resource”
Carol Dyson, “Mid-Century Commercial Modernism: Design and Materials”
Holly Hope, “Low, Light and Livable: From Modern to Ranch in Arkansas, 1945-1970”
Amanda Burke, “Form Concrete, Establishing Common Ground”
Barbara Compagna, “Material, Building Type or Beauty — What Makes Preserving Brutalist Architecture in Buffalo So Hard?”
Tyler S. Sprague, “Structural and Material Evaluation of Thin Shell Concrete (Hyperbolic Paraboloid) Structures in the Pacific Northwest”
Tours and Demos, led by John Guenther and Andrew Raimist

General Registration  $299
Speaker Registration $199
Student Registration  $99 (limited number, register early).

Call for Poster presentations Posters should be approximately 36 x 40 inches, landscape. Please submit an abstract of no less than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstract should contain: main presenter’s full contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, fax, email). Poster presentation abstract deadline is January 15, 2015.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Special focus on the Gateway Arch project
  • “New” materials and Mid-Century modern architecture in an historical context
  • Cyclic maintenance and protection of aging structures
  • Material properties, performance and behavior
  • Field evaluation and diagnosis techniques
  • Mechanisms of corrosion
  • Metal surfaces and textures
  • Engineering issues
  • Cleaning and other treatment

Special emphasis will be given to modern architectural metals

Submissions should be sent to: NCPTT ATTN: Mary F. Striegel 645 University Parkway Natchitoches, LA 71457 mary_striegel@nps.gov

Submission Guidelines All Accepted proposals must be presented at the conference by at least one author. Authors of an accepted presentation must provide an abstract of no less than 500 words. Authors of an accepted paper agree to provide a short paper, 10 pages maximum, for inclusion in a symposium publication. Presentations given by students are welcomed by not required. Submissions whose main purpose is to promote a commercial product will not be accepted.

Lodging The symposium will be held at: Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch 2 South 4th Street St. Louis, MO, 63102 P: 314-231-3003 F: 1-877-231-7938 Click here for more information. Enter Group number of 2216756. Reservations may also be made by calling Drury Plaza Hotel at 1 -800-325-0720 and refer to the Group number of 2216756. A block of rooms will be available for the symposium.
Room: Single Rate     $108 Double Rate    $118 Triple Rate     $128 Quad Rate     $138

The International Fur Exchange Building, the Thomas Jefferson Building and the American Zinc Building make up the new 355-room Drury Plaza Hotel, and are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


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