SAH Newsletter

February Newsletter 2014

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February 2014 Volume LVIII, No. 2 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter

  Annual Conference Registration Deadlines & Dates
Reduced early registration rates for the 2014 Annual Conference will last until February 15, and rates will increase on February 16, 2014. Tours-only registration opens on February 16 for those wishing to purchase tour tickets without registering for the full conference. Some tours have already sold out so register soon to get the tours of your choice. Register Here.

  Important Hotel Update
Due to the popularity of the SAH conference and another city-wide event, the SAH headquarters hotel room block and overflow hotel room block are now sold out. We do not want you to miss being a part of the Austin conference, so we have provided links to other hotels, bed and breakfasts and rooms for your convenience on the Hotel & Transporation webpage. We look forward to seeing you in Austin!

  Save the Date for SAH in Paris: A Fundraiser at the Elusive Maison de Verre, July 11-12
Mark your calendars now to join SAH on July 11–12 for an unforgettable experience at Maison de Verre in Paris. Twenty-five people will have the pleasure of enjoying a light supper in the house of glass, lunch in its garden, good French wine, and conversation with fellow friends of architecture, while beholding the magnificent light that filters through the iconic glass-brick walls. Generously hosted by owner and former SAH board member Robert Rubin and curator Mary Vaughan Johnson, this two-day event promises to be a uniquely social and experiential gathering at the architectural wonder that is Maison de Verre. In addition, guests will also visit two other modernist masterpieces: Alvar Aalto's Maison Louis Carré in Bazoches-sur-Guyonne and Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye in Poissy. Read More.

  Updated Itinerary for Croatia Study Tour
An updated itinerary for the Croatia Study Tour has been posted to the SAH website. This is a customized itinerary developed for SAH by tour leader Boris Srdar. Rates for the Croatia tour will increase by $300 per person after March 25, 2014, so reserve your spot now.

  Video of Frank Lloyd Wright's Modern Human Now Available
Video of the program "Frank Lloyd Wright's Modern Human," with Jeanne Gang, Barry Bergdoll and Dianne Harris, is now available. The program, presented by SAH, was part of the 24th Annual Chicago Humanities Festival. Read More.

  Denys Peter Myers, Monuments Man
By John A. Burns
Denys Peter Myers, a Harvard Fine Arts graduate and one of the founding members—and a Fellow—of SAH, was working as director of exhibitions at the New York Public Library when he was drafted into the Army in 1943. Through a chance meeting with one of its officers, Peter was transferred in to the Army's Monuments, Fine Arts and Archives section, the subject of the book The Monuments Men by Robert Edsel and now a movie. Read More.

  TEDification versus Edification
By SAH member Simon Sadler (via Places Journal)
I. TED is the new counterculture. Stewart Brand, meet Russell Brand: Two provocateurs of conferences and consciences to which the design disciplines might pay heed. Readers in the United States are likely familiar with Stewart Brand; he is the intellectual entrepreneur who in the mid-1960s dropped acid and thus had revealed to him a vision of a Buckminster Fuller-inspired new globalism, and who then enshrined this vision in the epochal Whole Earth Catalog. Read More.

  Destruction Looms for Arthur Erickson-designed Bank of Canada Atrium
By Michelangelo Sabatino and Maria Cook (via The Cultural Landscape Foundation)
The Bank of Canada’s garden and atrium in Ottawa, situated in a building between Canada’s first retail pedestrian mall and the federal institutional landscape, provide a welcoming public space in Canada’s capital city and exemplify architect Arthur Erickson’s skill as a maker of interior and exterior landscapes. The 12,749 square-foot atrium is now at risk of privatization and the garden threatened with destruction. Read More.
    Members Receive 50% Discount for JPASS
In collaboration with JSTOR, SAH offers its members a 50% discount for JPASS, a new JSTOR access plan for individuals. Designed for those without institutional access to the JSTOR archival collections, JPASS is ideal for SAH members working outside of the academy. It is also valuable for faculty members at institutions with limited access to JSTOR, and for adjuncts with sporadic access to library resources. To purchase JPASS at the discounted rate, visit the JSAH page after logging in to the SAH website. (Only members will be able to view and access the JPASS link.) If you need assistance, please contact Anne Bird at
Locals Asked to Weigh In on Austin’s Growth at Architecture Conference
The Society of Architectural Historians invites the Austin community to its 2014 Annual Conference to discuss the challenges and opportunities the city faces due to rapid growth. Read More.
SAH Sponsors Session at 2014 College Art Association (CAA) Conference in Chicago
SAH is sponsoring a session at the College Art Association's 2014 Annual Conference in Chicago. "Framing Public Interest Architecture: Changing Notions of Public, Practice, and Profession," chaired by SAH member Farhan S. Karim of the University of Kansas, takes place at the Hilton Chicago from 12:30-2:00 p.m. on February 13, 2014. Read More.
Membership Kits Available
The new semester is the perfect time to introduce SAH membership to your students. Share with your students how connections and opportunities through SAH have enhanced your career. While your library may stock JSAH, many benefits are available ONLY to SAH individual members, including Study Tour Fellowships. We have membership materials, template emails, posters and flyers we can send you. Contact: Anne Bird, Director of Membership at or 312-573-1365.
Charnley-Persky House Among House Museums in the At Home in Chicago Network
The Charnley-Persky House is part of At Home in Chicago, a consortium of more than 20 historic house museums in and around Chicago. At Home in Chicago exists as a hub of information about the region's house museums, to encourage the exploration of common threads connecting these diverse places, and to promote a broad range of available resources. The project is generously funded by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and participating house museum of At Home in Chicago.
ACLS Public Fellows Program 
The American Council of Learned Societies invites applications for the fourth competition of the Public Fellows program. The program will place 20 recent humanities Ph.D.s in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. This career-launching initiative aims to demonstrate that the capacities developed in the advanced study of the humanities have wide application, both within and beyond the academy. Read More.
Chapter & Partner News 
The Western Reserve chapter of SAH presents a tour of the recently restored Church of the Covenant on Sunday, March 16, at 1 p.m. in Cleveland, Ohio. This program is free and open to the public. Read More.

The College Art Association (CAA) publishes Copyright, Permissions and Fair Use among Visual Artists and the Academic and Museum Visual Arts Communities: An Issues Report.

Information on the upcoming bi-annual European Architectural History Network (EAHN) Conference that takes place in Turin, Italy from June 19-21, 2014, is now available online.

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Memo to Members includes an overview of humanities funding in the proposed omnibus spending bill, NEH news, federal grant opportunities and more.
Current SAH Opportunities
Study Tour Fellowship (Croatia Study Tour): Funded by the Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars, this fellowship is offered to allow a graduate student or emerging scholar to participate in SAH Study Tours. Deadline February 22.

SAH/Mellon Author Awards: Funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, this award is designed to provide financial relief to scholars who are publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images or for commissioning maps, charts or line drawings in their publications.

Members in the News
Belmont Freeman: Commentary on Needless Destruction
Harboe Architects to Preserve Taliesin West
Joseph Rykwert Symposium at the V&A Museum, London
Belmont Freeman: Critique on the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, 1967-1984
MIT's School of Architecture & Planning Receives Mellon Grant
Phyllis Lambert in Conversation with Brigitte Shim - January 21st

SAH February Booklist
Read the February Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works. The booklist and exhibition catalog list are selected by Barbara Opar, Architecture Librarian, Syracuse University Library.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
for its operating support.
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