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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.

Schedule More information and a full schedule will be available in November, once papers have been selected.


General Registration  $299

Speaker Registration $199

Student Registration  $99 (limited number, register early).

Call for Oral presentations Talks will be 30 minutes in duration, including questions. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstract should contain: presenter’s full contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, fax, email), and a 100-word biography for the author and each co-author. We recommend no more than two presenters per paper. Oral presentation abstract deadline is extended until November 15, 2014. Email notification of accepted presentations will be sent on December 1, 2014. Presentations addressing similar topics will be combined into sessions. Presentations will be reviewed and selected by conference staff. Speakers will be offered a reduced registration fee of $199.

Written papers Presenters will be required to prepare a short paper, 10 pages maximum, for inclusion in a symposium publication. Those speakers selected for the conference will receive format instructions. Deadline for submission of the paper is February 2, 2015.

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 December 1, 2014.

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 treatments

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.

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.

A block of rooms will be available for the symposium. Ask for the NPS Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation Symposium Rate.

Room: Single Rate     $108 Double Rate    $118 Triple Rate     $128 Quad Rate     $138



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Drury Plaza Hotel at the Arch
2 South 4th Street, St. Louis, MO 63102 United States
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