When: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
Where: At The Center
When the iconic Farnsworth House by Mies van der Rohe was put on the auction block in 2003 in New York City to be sold to the highest bidder, it had an unusual caveat- the winning bidder would have the option of moving the house to a location of their choosing. The publicity surrounding the auction for the first time presented Mid-Century modern architecture in a new light as a moveable and collectable commodity. In the years that followed, several more iconic houses were moved- or proposed for moving- both as the only option to save the building and for private collection.
The "Moving Modern" program will examine four recent case studies with their contemporary architects and advocates: the Aluminaire House (1931) by Kocher & Frey; Maison Tropicale (1951) by Jean Prouve; the Pearlroth House (1959) by Andrew Geller; and the Lieb House (1969) by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
Join us for documentary film excerpts and a panel discussion that will consider what are the nuanced implications if Modern architecture becomes a collectible commodity like art work or is treated as "moveable" heritage? Can a Modern building's significance be maintained if it is taken from its original site? Does a Modern building's design significance stand independent from its original site, as does a work of art or sculpture?
Luca Baraldo, Associate, COOKFOX Architects
Jon Michael Schwarting, AIA,
Andre Tchelistcheff, AIA, Founder, Andre Tchelistcheff Architects
James Venturi, Filmmaker
Moderator: Mary Kay Judy
Mary Kay Judy is an architectural conservator and preservation consultant based in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a consulting architectural conservator on several significant Modern properties including the Painting Gallery and Brick House at the Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut, Philip Johnson's 9 Ash Street House (Thesis House) in Cambridge and the Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois. Judy has also consulted on the conservation of Modern architecture in Tallinn, Estonia, Tbilisi, Georgia and Lucknow, India. In New York City, her practice focuses on architectural conservation support services and project representation for New York City's current- and future- Landmarks. Judy's article, "Moving Modern" Modern Architecture as Moveable Heritage, was published in the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Forum Journal in Fall 2011.
Luca Baraldo, Associate at COOKFOX Architects, graduated with a Master in Architecture, Summa Cum Laude from Istituto Universitario d’Architettura di Venezia; Venice, Italy. He began his professional career at S. Russell Groves. After joining COOKFOX Architects, Luca brought his architectural and interior expertise to projects like the Tahari Showroom at One Bryant Park, City Point, a 1.8 million square foot mix-complex in Downtown Brooklyn, and 130 West 12th St, a 43 unit high end boutique re-development in the West Village. Once promoted associate, Luca focused on the COOKFOX residential portfolio, leading the interior design of 301 East 50th St, a 57 condominium luxury building in Midtown East, and CityTower, a 380 unit building in Downtown Brooklyn. For the past four years Luca followed all phases of 615 Dune Road in Westhampton Beach, from design to construction of a new single family home and the restoration of Andrew Geller’s iconic “Double Diamond” house.
Michael Schwarting is an architect, urban designer and professor. He has a B. Arch. and M. Arch in Urban Design from Cornell University and received a Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome. He was an Associate in Richard Meier and Associates and has practiced as Jon Michael Schwarting Architect and been a Partner in Design Collaborative with Piero Sartogo, Karahan and Schwarting Architecture Company, and presently Campani and Schwarting Architects. Work has been exhibited and published internationally in journals and books. Projects have received a PA Citation and LI AIA ARCHI awards. He has been recognized and placed in several competitions. He has directed the restoration of the 1931 Aluminaire House since 1987 and founded the Aluminaire House Foundation. He is a Professor of Architecture and has served as Chair in the undergraduate program and as Director of the graduate program in Urban and Regional Design at New York Institute of Technology. He also taught at Columbia, Yale, Penn, Cornell, Cooper Union, Syracuse and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.
Andre Tchelistcheff was born in San Francisco, California to Russian émigré parents and raised in the Middle East and Southeast Asia. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkley in 1984, and a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1992. He is a Registered Architect in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute of Classical Architecture. Established in 1998, the office of Andre Tchelistcheff Architects bases its practice on conceptual refinement, attention to craftsmanship and detail, and stylistic fluency. The work of the practice spans a wide range of commissions including new homes, townhouse renovations and additions, offices, showrooms, hotels, and institutional buildings.
James Venturi is the producer of and a character in the film SAVING LIEB HOUSE. He and Frederic Schwartz were partners in the move of the house. He is presently working on a feature film on his parents, the architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
Organized by: AIANY Historic Buildings Committee
Price: Free for AIA members; $10 for non-members