SAH Newsletter

August Newsletter 2014

by SAH News | Aug 19, 2014

August 2014 Volume LVIII, No. 8 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter

Graham Foundation 
  SAH Receives Graham Foundation Grant
SAH has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for the SAH Chicago Seminar, “Tomorrow’s Metropolis: Bridging the Past and Future in Chicago’s Built Environment.” The Graham Foundation today announced $480,000 in new grants to organizations around the world to support projects that engage original ideas in architecture. SAH is among 11 Chicago-based organizations to receive a grant.

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Maison de Verre   SAH in Paris—Magnificent
On July 11 and 12, SAH collaborated with former SAH Board member Robert Rubin to host a two-day seminar on his iconic Paris house, the Maison de Verre. Designed as a fundraiser to enable SAH to raise $50,000 to help match an NEH grant to develop SAH Archipedia, the event attracted additional support that put SAH’s total fundraising commitment to NEH over its goal. 

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Chicago Conference   Improvements to the Annual Conference and Study Tour Programs
Over the past few years, SAH has asked for your feedback after each conference and study tour with the hope of being able to make improvements and provide a better experience for all of you. As a result of the feedback received, SAH is implementing the following improvements and additions. Some may be familiar and others are brand new.

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Chicago tunnel
  Bruce G. Moffat: The Chicago Freight Tunnels
SAH is excited to host the MAS Context 2014 Fall Talks at our headquarters, the Charnley-Persky House. The first lecture, with Bruce Moffat, will take place on Tuesday, September 2. In his talk, he will discuss the history of the Chicago Freight tunnels, a system he visited several times and a topic he covered for the Network issue of MAS Context.

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BUS Vermont    SAH Archipedia Adds Buildings of Vermont and Site Enhancements
Over 600 new entries from the award-winning Buildings of Vermont volume by Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson have been added to SAH Archipedia—surveying such notable places as the residences of Robert Todd Lincoln (Hildene) and Rudyard Kipling (Naulakha), as well as the Trapp Family Lodge and Plymouth Notch (where Calvin Coolidge took the presidential oath of office)—with 100 of these freely accessible via SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings.

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LeCorbusier    “Nothing is Transmissible but Thought”: Le Corbusier’s Radiant Farm Made Real
SAH Blog post by Michelle Millar Fisher
Shortly before his death in August 1965, Le Corbusier began to collate two decades of his writings, which resulted in Mise au point (1966). The architect outlines what Charles Jencks later characterized as the “tragic view” of his career, lamenting a life devoted to the study of housing that was, in Le Corbusier’s eyes, underappreciated by the French government and the wider public.

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Palacio Canton   In the Yucatán, Land of Kukulkan
SAH Blog post by Brooks Fellow Amber N. Wiley
Mayan heritage in the Yucatán Peninsula is a living heritage. Mayan languages are living languages. It is because of this that I have titled this month’s blog post, “In the Yucatán, Land of Kukulkan.” Kukulkan is the Mayan feathered-serpent god, an equivalent to the Aztecs’ Quetzalcoatl. It is Kukulkan who is said to descend the stairs at Chichén Itzá on the spring and autumn equinoxes.

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Say Happy Birthday to SAH
The Society turns 75 in 2015! We will be celebrating our 75th anniversary throughout the upcoming year. One way to participate is to place an ad in the 2015 Annual Conference program book, which is mailed to all domestic members and used extensively during the conference (April 15-19), as well as the months leading up to it. Your department can promote its program to our membership by placing an ad congratulating SAH. You can even collaborate and share the cost of an ad with others to show your support for SAH. You may submit camera-ready ad artwork or provide SAH with text and a photo/logo, and we will create the ad for you. It’s easy. Artwork and payment must be received by September 15, 2014. Learn more on the Annual Conference Advertising page. If you have questions, please contact SAH Director of Development, Carolyn Garrett at or at 312-573-1365. It’s going to be a wonderful year as we celebrate our first 75 years and look forward to our future 75!
President Obama Awards 2014 National Humanities Medals
On July 28, President Barack Obama presented the 2013 National Humanities Medals to nine individuals and one organization for outstanding achievements in history, cultural studies, filmmaking, cultural commentary, and historic preservation ... This year, for the first time, the President bestowed a newly-designed National Humanities Medal on the ten recipients.
Chapter and Partner News
The Latrobe Chapter is accepting proposals for its 11th Biennial Symposium on the Historic Development of Metropolitan Washington, DC, under the theme "Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art."  All paper sessions will occur on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Catholic University of America. Please send a one-page, 350-word abstract for a 20-minute paper and an abbreviated CV by Friday, September 5, 2014, to Susanneh Bieber and Susan West Montgomery. For more information, visit

The Art Libraries Society of North America presents the third issue of its newest publication, the Multimedia & Technology Reviews, an e-publication made freely available on the ARLIS/NA website. M&T Reviews targets projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology as they pertain to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship. 

The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities to identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women in New York City. BWAF is accepting nominations for Built by Women New York City (BxW NYC) through October 31, 2014. 

Mark your calendars for Docomomo US’ eighth annual Tour Day event, October 11, 2014! Participants will have the opportunity on Saturday to embark upon unique and exclusive tours and events of important modern architecture, interiors, and landscapes that include Wallace Harrison’s First Presbyterian church in Stamford, Connecticut, and a bus tour of Las Vegas’ premier mid-century celebrity homes. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and watch for our full list of tour events and locations announced on September 9th! If interested in hosting a tour, visit or email
Current SAH Opportunities 
Annual Conference Fellowships: Over 20 fellowships will be awarded to fund travel to the 2015 SAH Annual Conference in Chicago, April 15-19. Deadline August 30.

Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Fellowship: This award provides support for travel related to research on Spanish, Portuguese, or Ibero-American architecture. Deadline September 5.

SAH Membership Grants for Emerging Professionals: Funded by the Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars, these grants provide a one-year membership in SAH to emerging scholars. Deadline September 12.

H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship: This prestigious $50,000 fellowship allows a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. Deadline October 1.
SAH August Booklist
Read the August Booklist and Exhibition Catalog List of recently published architecture books and related works. Booklists and exhibition catalog lists 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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