September 14, 2010 Preservation

DCPL Preservation Conference to Explore Mid-Century Modern Issues

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A detail of the 1972 AIA headquarters designed by TAC. Photo by Greg Braun.

Two panels during the D.C. Preservation League’s upcoming 2010 Citywide Historic Preservation Conference will focus on preserving mid-century modern buildings in the city. The concurrent sessions on Friday, Sept. 24, are entitled “Preservation and Public Opinion” and “Rehabilitating Modern Buildings.” The first session will look at the sagas of two D.C. landmarks: the 1971 Third Church of Christ, Scientist, and the 1950 Waffle Shop. Panelists include the Washington Post’s Philip Kennicott, Paul Milstein of Douglas Development Corporation and the DCPL’s Rebecca Miller and Peter Sefton.  The second session will examine various techniques being used “to keep mid-20th-century structures in use.” Examples to be discussed include the Waffle Shop, which is being relocated and reconstructed, the green renovation of the 1972 AIA headquarters by The Architects Collaborative, the rebuilding of the 1969 Constitution Center (former Department of Transportation building by Edward Durrell Stone) and the addition to Harry Weese’s 1961 Arena Stage in Southwest. Speakers include James Brown of Bing Thorn Architects, Marnique Heath of Studios Architecture, Kevin Milstead of Shalom Baranes Associates and David Varner of SmithGroup.