May 27, 2009 Hugh Newell Jacobsen, Preservation

Upcoming DCPL Events: Most Endangered List, Symposium on Third Church

The D.C. Preservation League is will announce its 2009 list of most Endangered Places on June 2 at 12:30 p.m. See full details here. I wonder if there will be any MCM buildings on the list this year? Last year, the brutalist Third Church of Christ, Scientist correctly made the list. The city has now has given the green light for it to be razed.

While the DCPL is looking at its legal options concerning the decision on the church, which was previously designated a historic landmark by the District, it will hold a symposium, Third Church: A Hard Building to Love, June 2o from 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the offices of the American Institute of Architects. (The program is free, but registration is required. See full details here.)

The symposium will feature nationally recognized architects Hugh Newell Jacobsen and Arthur Cotton Moore along with other leading experts who will “discuss key strategies for successfully adapting this controversial mid-century modernist landmark for contemporary use and how these strategies can serve as a prototype for similar buildings.”