March 26, 2014 Docomomo

It’s Official: Docomomo DC Recognized; Meeting This Thursday

Philip Johnson’s 1958 University of St. Thomas in Houston. Photo by Tom Jester.

After several years of discussions and planning efforts, Docomomo DC has been recognized as an official chapter of Docomomo US.  The application for formal chapter status was approved by Docomomo US’s Board at the group’s recent national symposium in Houston.  (The symposium was held at the University of St. Thomas, pictured above, which was designed by Philip Johnson in 1958.) The DC chapter becomes the 17th U.S. chapter of the preservation organization. You can join Docomomo US and the DC chapter here. Stay tuned for more as the chapter gets up and running.

The chapter’s logo created by local graphic designer Joshua Gomby.

If you want to be a part of this effort, the next chapter meeting will be held this Thursday, March 27, at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Quinn Evans Architects, 2121 Ward Place, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20037. The group will need as many voices as possible as the areas mid-century modern resources face increasing threats. An example: The Montgomery County Council last night voted to knock down the Arthur Keyes-designed Wheaton Youth Center.