SAH Newsletter

June 2015 Newsletter

by SAH News | Jun 22, 2015

June 2015 Volume LIX, No. 6 / Society of Architectural Historians Newsletter
conservatory    SAH Study Day at The New York Botanical Garden
Join SAH on September 25 for a comprehensive, insider tour of The New York Botanical Garden, one of America’s most renowned urban green spaces, including its historic buildings and rare collections. Calvert Vaux created the initial design for the Garden, which was further developed by the Olmsted Brothers and then completed by the landscape engineers and architects Brinley and Holbrook in the early 1920s.

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field trip    New Program: Hit the Ground Running
SAH is celebrating 75 years of outstanding architectural tours with its brand new Hit the Ground Running initiative this summer, part of the American Architecture and Landscape Field Trip Program. Help us celebrate SAH’s 75th anniversary by organizing an architecture or landscape field trip for students in your area. For the inaugural Hit the Ground Running program in summer 2015, we anticipate hundreds of students across America will come together to experience the wonder of architecture and landscapes firsthand through tours organized by SAH’s 18 chapters.

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  Urban Archaeologist to Lead Chicago Dig with Lake Forest College Students
Chicago’s own urban archaeology expert and Lake Forest College professor Rebecca Graff will lead a group of Lake Forest College students in a summer Archaeological Field School at the Charnley-Persky House in Chicago. The grounds of the Gold Coast house, a National Historic Landmark designed by Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright, still contain many historical artifacts and site elements waiting to be unearthed.

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    New SAH Archipedia Content: Buildings of North Dakota
We're pleased to announce the addition of 409 building entries to SAH Archipedia, illustrated by 424 photographs, from the just-published Buildings of North Dakota volume by Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, with 100 of these freely accessible via SAH Archipedia Classic Buildings.

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    JSAH June 2015 Issue Now Available
SAH is pleased to announce the release of the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians Vol. 74, No. 2, June 2015. SAH members can access full articles by logging on to the SAH website and following the link on the JSAH webpage.

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    Hanoi: An Evolving Capital
SAH Blog post by Brooks Fellow Amber N. Wiley
Saigon is to New York City as Hanoi is to Washington, D.C. Or at least that was what I was told. Yes, Hanoi and Washington, D.C., are both capital cities. Ho Chi Minh City (commonly referred to as Saigon in Vietnam) and New York City are booming financial centers for their respective countries. This analogy, while seemingly straightforward, implies heavy cultural criticism and assumptions that were later elucidated in conversation.

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SAH Signs Letter in Defense of Tenure and Academic Freedom in Wisconsin
In June the SAH officers voted unanimously to add SAH as a signer to a statement that was developed by the American Historical Association to defend tenure and academic freedom for the University of Wisconsin system.
Save the Date: 2015 Built Environment Symposium
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 Built Environment Symposium, “The Chicago Tradition in Architecture: Inspiration or Artifact?” This free, public event will take place on October 9 and 10, in Chicago, and is organized by the Foundation to coincide with the Chicago Architecture Biennial. For the full list of speakers and preliminary schedule, visit
Saving Place Series at the Museum of the City of New York
SAH is co-sponsoring a series of public programs at the Museum of the City of New York in conjunction with the exhibition Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks, which is on view at the museum through September 13, 2015. Use the code SAVE50 to purchase $10 discounted tickets to these programs (regularly $16). 
Current SAH Opportunities
Architecture in the Rio de la Plata Basin: Between Tradition and Cosmopolitanism: This SAH Field Seminar takes you to Uruguay and Argentina September 1-12 to learn firsthand about the countries' shared architectural heritage and the differences drawn by history and regional cultures.

Call for Nominations for 2016 SAH Fellows: The SAH Board of Directors seeks nominations for the 2016 class of SAH Fellows, those individuals who have distinguished themselves by a lifetime of significant contributions to the field. Deadline July 1.

Call for Nominations to SAH Board for 2016: The Nominating Committee seeks your recommendations for new SAH Board members who would begin their 3-year  terms in April 2016. Deadline August 1.

SAH Award for Film and Video: This annual award recognizes the most distinguished work of film or video on the history of the built environment. Deadline August 3.

SAH Publication Awards: These annual awards recognize the most distinguished publications in architectural history, urban history, landscape history, preservation and architectural exhibition catalogues. Deadline August 3. 

Application for Additional Conference Programs/Room Request: SAH is accepting proposals for roundtable discussions, meetings, and informational presentations for the 2016 Annual International Conference to take place in Pasadena/Los Angeles, CA, April 6-10. Deadline August 14.

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 SAH seeks nominations for the Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award. This annual award honors a project that preserves or restores an historic building or complex of buildings in an outstanding manner and that demonstrates excellence in research, technique and documentation. The deadline is July 1, 2015.

The Society of Historians of Eastern European, Eurasian and Russian Art and Architecture, Inc. (SHERA) is successfully implementing its visiting scholar program with the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow (RGGU) and the European University at St. Petersburg. Applications need to be submitted 6 weeks in advance of the planned trip for RGGU and 10 weeks for the European University. Inquiries about the process should be submitted to
Members in the News
Graham Foundation Awards Grants to 12 SAH Members
Gabrielle Esperdy: On Douglas Haskell and Future Archive: "Architecture and Popular Taste"
SAH June Booklist
Read the June Booklist 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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