SAH Newsletter

May 2015 Newsletter

by SAH News | May 15, 2015

May 2015 Volume LIX, No. 5 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
    SAH Receives 3-Year Grant from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation
The Society of Architectural Historians has been awarded a general operating grant of $150,000 from The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation. SAH will receive the grant in three annual installments of $50,000, beginning in 2015.

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    SAH Receives Tawani Foundation Grant
The Society of Architectural Historians has been awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Tawani Foundation to support activities related to the Society’s 75th anniversary. COL (IL) Jennifer N. Pritzker, IL ARNG (Ret), president and founder of the Tawani Foundation, is among the members of the SAH 75th Anniversary Honorary Committee.

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    Recap of the SAH 68th Annual International Conference
Nearly 800 SAH members participated in the Society’s 68th Annual International Conference and 75th anniversary celebrations that took place in Chicago, Illinois, from April 15–19, 2015. Attendees hailed from 36 countries and 42 states. A brief recap of the conference’s events follows.

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  Call for Papers: SAH 69th Annual International Conference
SAH is accepting abstracts for the SAH 69th Annual International Conference to be held in Pasadena/Los Angeles, CA, April 6-10, 2016. Please submit abstracts no later than June 9, 2015, for one of the 38 thematic sessions, Graduate Student Lightning Talks or for open sessions. The thematic sessions have been selected to cover topics across all time periods and architectural styles.

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  Upcoming Call for Conference Proposals
Between June 9 and August 14, 2015, SAH will be accepting proposals for roundtable discussions, meetings, and informational presentations for the 2016 SAH Annual International Conference to be held in Pasadena/Los Angeles, April 6–10. A limited number of slots will be available for the mid-day break and during the hours of the daily conference proceedings. 

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    Buildings of North Dakota Now Available
For many people outside the state, North Dakota conjures visions of a remote, sparse, and seemingly inhospitable landscape, replete with ghost towns, scattered farmsteads, and settings reminiscent of the movie Fargo. Yet beyond this facile image lies a spectacular array of high-style, vernacular, ethnic, and modern buildings, a pragmatic architecture that reflects the setting and settlers of the Great Plains.

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    Charnley-Persky House Restoration Update
We are pleased to report that repair and restoration work on the Charnley-Persky House has been completed following flood damage sustained in August 2014. The walls and flooring in the house’s lower level have recently been restored, and the house is looking better than ever. 

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    An American in Saigon
SAH Blog post by Brooks Fellow Amber N. Wiley
April 30, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the Fall of Saigon. This event was highlighted in posters all throughout Vietnam, from Ho Chi Minh City in the south, to Hue in central Vietnam, and Hanoi in the north. The posters displayed images of proud men, women, and children—farmers, graduates, businessmen, and servicemen.

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    Notes on the SAH Roundtable, "The Built Environment: Resources for the Next 75 Years"
SAH Blog post by Patricia Searl
At the 2015 annual conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, members from across the globe could be seen taking notes on paper while juggling their tablets and smartphones—a typical mix of analog and digital practices in a world filled with print and digital media options. 

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  Bury the Lantern: The Other Side of Promoting Farm Electrification
SAH Blog post by Sarah Rovang
In the late 1930s and early 1940s, numerous farm communities across the United States gathered to enact lantern funerals, the ritualized interring of antiquated kerosene lamps. Cloaked in the guise of mourning, these parodic rites were actually celebrations of the arrival of electric lighting in the rural landscape. 

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    MoMA/UN Study Day Report
By Study Tour Fellow Jennifer Tate
The Museum of Modern Art’s current exhibition, Latin America in Construction: 1955-1980, marks the first time since 1955 that the institution has presented architecture in Latin America. Participants in SAH’s MoMA/UN Study Day on March 27, 2015 were treated to a preview of the show by Dr. Barry Bergdoll, then-Chief Curator of Architecture and Design and currently a professor of architectural history at Columbia University. 

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More SAH News
Endorsements Approved by the SAH Board of Directors
SAH/CAA Digital Art and Architecture Survey
Announcing Shutdown of SAH Communities
Save the Date: NYBG Study Day
New Michigan Images Added to SAH Archipedia
Charles E. Peterson Fellowship Winner Announced
Current SAH Opportunities
Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism: Just a few spots left for the SAH Field Seminar, September 1-12, which explores the architecture and landscape of the region in Argentina and Uruguay. If you know someone researching this region or someone who just wishes to expand their knowledge, please tell them about the program.

SAH/Mellon Author Awards: These awards are designed to provide financial support to scholars publishing their first monograph on the history of the built environment and who are responsible for paying for rights and permissions for images. Deadline June 1, 2015.

SAH 69th Annual International Conference: SAH is accepting abstracts for its 2016 Annual International Conference, which takes place in Pasadena/Los Angeles, CA, April 6-10. Deadline June 9, 2015.

H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship: This $50,000 fellowship will allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. Deadline October 1, 2015.
SAH Chapter and Partner News
The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) invites you to submit abstracts to its 2015 annual conference, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, on October 14-17. The deadline for the call for papers has been extended to June 1st. The call for papers and registration information may be found on the SESAH website.

Analyze the evolution of multigenerational builders and contractors as changing technology and regulations influenced their business longevity and growth. The 5th International Congress on Construction History announces We Built Chicago the evening of June 5th, 2015. Opening with Marvin Levine’s research, the event includes a lively real-world panel discussion featuring moderator Mary Brush and Fred Berglund, Martin Ozinga IV, Bruce Lake and Phil Stupp. Sponsored by the Builders Association (AGC). Read more at

The Emerging Scholars Committee of the Italian Art Society has inaugurated a new mentoring program that matches established scholars with graduate students and junior scholars with similar interests. Please consider writing for the IASblog on any topic concerning Italian art from prehistory to the present. Members of the IAS executive board are Sheryl E. Reiss, president; Anne Leader, executive vice president; Frances Gage, vice president for program coordination; Martha Dunkelman, treasurer; and Sean Roberts, secretary.

The Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture, Inc. (SHERA) has become incorporated as a nonprofit charitable organization in the State of New York, as of April 1, 2015. As an affiliated society of College Art Association, SHERA is sponsoring a 1.5-hour session at CAA 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC. The call for paper proposals for this session has been announced on SHERA listserv and website at
Members in the News
Sally Lichtenstein Berk: DC Historic Preservation Office Lifetime Achievement Award
Kevin D. Murphy: Saarinen's TWA Terminal - Last Vestiges of a Bygone Era
Evanston, IL, Preservation Symposium Features SAH Members on May 23rd
Alexander Molodin: Fort Elisabeth Preservation Recognition, Historic Hawai'i Foundation
American Academy in Rome Awards Six SAH Members
Swati Chattopadhyay: Named Guggenheim Fellow
Jean-Louis Cohen: Lecture on Le Corbusier for Chicago AIA
SAH May Booklist
Read the May Booklist of recently published architecture books and related works. Booklists and exhibition catalog lists are selected by Barbara Opar, architecture librarian, Syracuse University Library.

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