These materials were originally presented at the Docomomo National Symposium in June, 2015.
LIVING WITH MODERNISM - RESIDENTIAL AND RELIGIOUS
MODERNISM IN MINNESOTA
Jane King Hession, Architectural Historian
This overview will consider the architects who brought modernism to Minnesota and designed some of the state’s most significant modern buildings. They include: Frank Lloyd Wright, whose 1934 house for Malcolm and Nancy Willey was a prototype of the Usonian houses he would design for the next twenty-five years; Winton & Elizabeth Close, founders (in 1938) of the first firm in the state committed solely to modern design; and architect and educator Ralph Rapson, whose iconic design for the 1963 Tyrone Guthrie Theatre (demolished in 2006) put Minneapolis on the national cultural map.
IN THE SHADOW OF MIES AND WRIGHT: TOWARD AN ALTERNATIVE PRAIRIE MODERNITY
Michelangelo Sabatino, IIT
From the 1930s through the 1960s a small yet significant group of Chicago architects including George and William Keck, Bertrand Goldberg, Paul Schweikher and Winston Elting transformed the modern architecture of this Midwestern city. Their work absorbed cues from both European rationalism and American organicism. Of this group, Schweikher and Elting have been the least studied and as a result, their work has received less attention from the heritage conservation community.
INDIGENOUS MID-CENTURY RELIGIOUS ARCHITECTURE OF OREGON
Peter Mejier, Docomomo US/Oregon
During the 1960s Oregon architects, led by the Portland Archdiocese, created significant examples of unique mid‐century churches and religious structures in collaboration with local craftsman, artists, and influenced by European examples, resulting in a unique indigenous religious Modern Oregon style.