CategoryNews and Events of Interest

Pennsylvania Modern Architecture Juried Photo Exhibit

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As part of The State Museum and Archives’ 50th anniversary commemoration, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) is hosting a juried photo exhibit at The State Museum focusing on Pennsylvania’s wide variety of modern architecture. Featured will be submissions of photographs that display examples of mid-20th century architecture constructed in Pennsylvania between 1930 and 1980. Entries may depict exteriors, interiors, and/or details of roadside architecture, schools, religious buildings, homes, commercial structures, recreational sites and other modern buildings. Entries will be received online through June 30, 2015. The exhibit will open to the public on Sunday, October 25, 2015, and close February 28, 2016.

We are currently seeking submissions via www.callforentry.org, a professional art entry website. Entries will be accepted through June 30, 2015.

For more information and a complete list of official rules to enter the juried exhibit visit http://statemuseumpa.org/pennsylvania-modern-architecture-photo-exhibit/

Jurors:
Dennis Hockman, Editor-in-Chief, Preservation magazine, and Senior Director, Editorial+Creative, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, D.C.

Betsy Manning, Philadelphia-based photojournalist and featured photographer in the special exhibit
“UnCommon Modern: A Pennsylvania Glossary of Midcentury Architecture,” now on display at The State Museum through April 26, 2015.  For details visit http://statemuseumpa.org/changing-exhibit/uncommon-modern-pennsylvania-glossary-midcentury-architecture/

David Oresick, Executive Director, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh

White Towers Revisited Gallery Tour & Talk

Thursday, February 19, 2015
Harvey and Irwin Kroiz Gallery,
Architectural Archives University of Pennsylvania School of Design
220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia

TOUR 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Join exhibition curators, William Whitaker and Paul Hirshorn for a lively discussion and tour of the exhibition.

LECTURE 6:00 p.m. by Paul Hirshorn

Taking on the subject of architectural symbolism and communication during the late 1960s was a radical move that opened up new avenues of artist expression and narratives about the development of roadside commercial architecture in the United States.  Steven Izenour and Paul Hirshorn had been sensitized to the subject through their work with Denise Scott Brown and Robert Venturi and found themselves attracted to the strong architectural character of the White Tower hamburger chain.  In this talk, Paul Hirshorn will share his insights into this remarkable example of architectural ingenuity tied to a corporate purpose and the role that he and Izenour played in uncovering its enduring significance.

Paul Hirshorn was Head of the Department of Architecture at Drexel University from 1986 to 2012, and a member of the faculty since 1974. Following architectural studies at the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge University, he worked for the firm of Venturi and Rauch.

Teaching Opportunity at Drexel Dept of Architecture

Drexel’s Department of Architecture and Interiors is looking for a qualified person to teach the middle section of our three term series on the history of world architecture this coming summer. The material covered during this term is largely Western architecture from the early Middle Ages through the spread of the Renaissance.  If interested, please contact Mark Brack (brackml@drexel.edu)

Sport and Spectacle: Renovating Saarinen’s Ingalls Hockey Rink

Saarinen Yale Ingalls Hockey Rink

presented by Docomomo US
Saturday, February 21, 2015, beginning at noon
Tickets: $40 Docomomo Members/$45 Non-Members, purchase tickets at:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sport-and-spectacle-renovating-saarinens-ingalls-hockey-rink-tickets-15426128967?mc_cid=f8b06b0365&mc_eid=d40627c0a5

Includes:
•Private tour of KRJDA office begins at 12:00 PM at the KRJDA Office (20 Davis Street, Hamden, CT)
•Ingalls Hockey Rink exterior and interior tour 1:00-2:30 PM (73 Sachem Street, New Haven, CT)
•Pre-game food at Wall Street Pizza 2:30-3:45 PM (pizza and soda)
•Yale vs Princeton (Women’s Ice Hockey game approximately 2.5 hours)

Eero Saarinen’s David S. Ingalls Hockey Rink on the Yale University campus “is deliberately not an ordinary building.” Visually compelling in its sculptural forms, the structure is composed of a huge 300-foot parabolic arch held in place by a complex tension grid of cables. As the building neared its 50th anniversary, Yale commissioned Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates to direct the refurbishment, updates and building expansion to address the needs of the current and future Yale Hockey Program while preserving this Architectural Landmark.

Ingalls Rink was completed in 1958 and renovated in 2009 by KRJDA, the successor firm to the Saarinen practice. In their renovation and refurbishment of the fondly referred to “Yale Whale”, KRJDA drew on archived sketches and former Saarinen employees to completely update and add much needed additional space with minimal disturbance to the original design. In addition to the underground extension, the rink received a new playing surface, a modern media and broadcasting area, and a new insulated roof was installed while preserving the original oak roof timbers.

This special full-day tour and hockey game offers guests a unique perspective to understand the structure from the perspective of its designers, its players and the people who maintain and care for the site. The day’s speakers include Wesley Kavanagh, Principal, KRJDA, Wayne Dean, and Alice Raucher, AIA Senior Architect/Major Projects Planner, Yale University Planning. The tour includes exterior and interior spaces including inner team spaces, a special tour of the KRJDA offices, pizza break at New Haven’s collegiate spot, Wall Street Pizza, and will conclude with the Yale Women’s Hockey team against Princeton University. Transportation to New Haven is not included but a limited number of spaces are available to car pool to and from the New Haven train station.

The Houses of Louis Kahn: Where Are They Now?

Kahn Esherick House

This article in the January 2015 issue of The National Trust’s Preservation Magazine and post to the Preservation Nation blog were written before the Clever house went on the market.

Louis Kahn-Ann Tyng Designed House For Sale In Cherry Hill, NJ

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Clever House 2015 for sale “as is.”

MAY BE THREATENED WITH DEMOLITION

http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/417-Sherry-Way-Cherry-Hill-NJ-08034/38226533_zpid/

417 Sherry Way, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
3 beds· 2 baths· 1,694 sq ft

From the real estate website: The “Clever House”” designed by Architect Louis Kahn from 1957 to 1962. The center point of the home is a large living room with an 18 foot roof composed of four large angular gables. Large triangular windows in each of the four gables provide the living area with soft natural light. The central living area is surrounded by five smaller rooms each with its own pyramidal roof. Each roof underside is finished with narrow wooden strips creating an umbrella of wood in each room. This home sits on .69 acres 150 x 200. The home and gardens can easily be restored to their original grandeur. For those who admire architecture this home is a delight. Property is being sold in “As-Is” condition.

Kahn Clever House 1962

Clever House 1962

William Whitaker, co-author of The Houses of Louis Kahn (2013) and SAH Phila President, tells us the house was built for Fred and Elaine Cox Clever in 1957-62. Fred and Elaine were Freedom Riders and founders of the ACLU in New Jersey. The design bears a very strong imprint of Anne Tyng. It’s a design that evolved in the last, difficult years of her and Kahn’s collaboration. To the degree that it is a Tyng design, it is one of only 2 or 3 that remain standing and it’s loss would be a blow to understanding and experiencing her particular sense of space and architecture – and Kahn’s, too.

We will keep you posted on any attempts to preserve the structure, or if you hear of any please email us ASAP.

SAH Annual Meeting

Chicago at the Global Crossroads
The SAH 68th Annual Conference

sah-2015-annual-conferenceCo-Chairs: Ken Tadashi Oshima, 1st Vice President, SAH
Alison Fisher, The Art Institute of Chicago, Department of Architecture and Design

As the SAH marks its 75th anniversary, it is indeed fitting that they gather in the hometown of the Society’s headquarters in Chicago, a city situated at the global crossroads. Strategically located between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Valley system, Chicago grew rapidly with westward expansion after the 1803 acquisition of the Louisiana Territory. Becoming a major railway hub of the continental U.S. in the second half of the nineteenth century and international airway hub in the twentieth century, Chicago has always been closely connected to major currents in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design.

For the 2015 Conference, SAH has sought to curate a balance between paper sessions and a direct experience of the dynamism of Chicago through evening events and tours.

For more visit the SAH website

Phila Chapter SAH Web Site Launched 2015

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This month we launched our new web site! Visit our Chapter Program page to see what we have planned or review past programs.  Keep your eye on our News and Events of Interest page  information of interest on the region’s architecture and design.

Please send info, questions and comments to info@philachaptersah.org

Thanks to John Cooper, our webmaster, for the initial design and upload.