In the Tribune: Modernism at Risk; why you should care

In the Tribune: Modernism at Risk; why you should care

Heather Blaha
Aug 2, 2007

A couple weeks ago this Tribune article surfaced about the impending deaths of many modernist structures. At the heart of the story: why the public should value what some see as stark, sometimes unlivable homes. We're a little slow getting this July 17 story on our front page, but the topic is ongoing and we'd love to hear what our readers have to say in response. Here's an excerpt from the article:

The Glass House, one of the masterpieces of 20th Century American architecture, opened to the public last month, assuring its future as the centerpiece of a 47-acre site that a leading preservationist calls "the Acropolis of modern architecture."

But just a few hundred feet away from the steel-and-glass home of the late architect Philip Johnson, a four-bedroom modernist house by a lesser-known architect was torn down in recent years to make way for an eight-bedroom "McMansion."

That contrast points to a problem of increasing concern to preservationists and architectural historians. High-profile buildings such as the Glass House and Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill., can be saved by being turned into museums, but a growing number of important modern structures are threatened with demolition -- in part because they're seen as outmoded or impractical, and in part because the public doesn't know what to make of the stark, unadorned style that dominated the middle decades of the last century.

Continue reading the full article here.

(Thanks, Tobermory, for sending us the link!)

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