The U.S. branch of the International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement—also known as Docomomo—announced 11 winners of its Modernism in America Awards today. These awards celebrate the preservation efforts of those who would see projects of the Modernist era restored rather than razed, and aim to set the standard for what productive preservation can accomplish. 

“The many submissions to and the winners of the Awards show us the successes but also reminds us how much work remains to be done," Theodore Prudon, president of Docomomo U.S. said in a release. "This year’s awards highlight preservation of the iconic work of Eero Saarinen and Richard Neutra. In contrast, our advocacy in the same year has been punctuated by efforts to stop the demolition of the equally iconic work by their contemporary Paul Rudolph.”

Design Award of Excellence (Commercial)
TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, Queens, N.Y.
Original Architect: Eero Saarinen and Associates
Restoration Team: Beyer Blinder Belle (architect)

TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, Queens, N.Y.
Photo Credit: The Port Authority TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, Queens, N.Y.

Jury comment: “This is a masterful restoration and reuse of an architectural landmark that had been in danger of demolition. Everything about this important Eero Saarinen design was respected and preserved.”

Design Award of Excellence (Civic/Institutional)

Ingalls Hockey Rink Restoration and Expansion, New Haven, Conn.
Original Architect: Eero Saarinen and Associates
Restoration Team: Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates (architect) 

Ingalls Hockey Rink Restoration and Expansion, New Haven, Conn.
Photo Credit: Kevin Roche John D Ingalls Hockey Rink Restoration and Expansion, New Haven, Conn.

Jury comment: “The restoration showed a clear understanding of the project, and the addition stood on its own yet was not overbearing next to the original design.” 

Design Award of Excellence (Civic/Institutional)

Palm Springs Art Museum, Edward Harris Pavilion, Palm Springs, Calif.
Original Architect: E. Stewart Williams
Restoration Team: Marmol Radziner (architect); D.W. Johnson Construction (contractor)

Palm Springs Art Museum, Edwards Harris Pavilion, Palm Springs, Calif.
David Glomb Palm Springs Art Museum, Edwards Harris Pavilion, Palm Springs, Calif.

Jury comment: “The treatment of the building shows the keen appreciation of the design team for the form and materials of this architectural gem. They faithfully restored the building and its spaces for the new use.” 

Design Award of Excellence (Residential)

Olan G. & Aida T. Hafley House, Long Beach, Calif.
Original Architect: Richard Neutra
Restoration Team: Kelly Sutherlin McLeod Architecture (architect); Griswold Conservation Associates (project conservator); Structural Focus (structural engineer); and Frank Clark (contractor)

Olan G. & Aida T. Hafley House, Long Beach, Calif.
Photo Credit: Johnellisphoto.com Olan G. & Aida T. Hafley House, Long Beach, Calif.

Jury comment: “The project was a careful renewal of a beautiful domestic design by an important architect. The conservation-based philosophy and construction techniques were very clearly articulated.” 

Survey Award of Excellence

Survey of Modern Architecture in New Haven: Phase II & III, New Haven, Conn.
Team: The New Haven Preservation Trust (survey); BlenderBox (website design)

Survey of Modern Architecture New Haven
The New Haven Preservation Trust Survey of Modern Architecture New Haven

Jury comment: “The New Haven survey is an important effort in a city known for its collection of great modern architecture. The community engagement component of the project was very effective and is a model for other efforts of this kind.” 

Advocacy Award of Excellence

Save the Dome: Public Education Effort for the Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome), Houston
Original Designers: Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson; Lloyd, Morgan & Jones
Advocacy Team: Preservation Houston; Houston Mod; the National Trust for Historic Preservation; AIA Houston; and Houston Arts & Media

Save the Dome: Public Education Effort for the Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome), Houston
National Trust for Historic Pres Save the Dome: Public Education Effort for the Harris County Domed Stadium (the Astrodome), Houston

Jury comment: “The Docomomo U.S. board of directors recognizes the tremendous efforts to save a typology whose outcome will affect the future preservation of domes and stadiums like it. The Save the Dome coalition continues to work with Harris County officials to repurpose and revitalize Houston’s most iconic structure and recently partnered with the county to open the stadium to more than twenty-five thousand people who came out to celebrate the Astrodome’s 50th birthday.” 

Design Citation of Merit (Commercial)

Cummins Irwin Conference Center & Office Building, Columbus, Ind.
Original Architects: Eero Saarinen with an addition by Kevin Roche
Restoration team: Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates (architectural consultant); Todd Williams and Associates (architect); Art Strategies (fine art consulting); AXIS Architecture + Interiors (furnishings); Blakley Corp. (general contractor); Blue Marble Design (historical planting design); Curtain Wall Design Consulting (consultant); Electronic Evolutions (audiovisual systems); F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. (general contractor); McComas Engineering (structural engineering); Mussett Nicholas & Associates (MEP engineering); TLF Engineering (structural engineering); Wright Consulting Associates (acoustics); Xibitz (exhibition design)

Cummins Irwin Conference Center & Office Building, Columbus, Ind.
Hadley Fruits Cummins Irwin Conference Center & Office Building, Columbus, Ind.

Jury comment: “The design team showed great care in the project’s intervention in both the Eero Saarinen and Kevin Roche building, and the philosophy of the project was well articulated and executed. This project will aid the future preservation efforts of Columbus’ modern heritage as the community continues to recognize the value in the preservation of modern buildings. 


Design Citation of Merit (Civic/Institutional)

Opa – Locka Airport Hanger 102, Miami
Restoration team: Shulman + Associates (restoration architect); RLC Architects (architect of record) 

Opa – Locka Airport Hanger 102, Miami
Robin Hill Opa – Locka Airport Hanger 102, Miami

Jury comment: “This project demonstrates how World War II-vintage military hangars can be creatively and attractively adapted for modern aviation, and highlights the extraordinary technology and spatial character of these early hangars.” 

Design Citation of Merit in Technical Achievement (Civic/Institutional)

National Gallery of Art East Building Exterior Stone Repair, Washington, D.C.
Original Architect: I.M. Pei
Restoration team: Silman (design lead/structural engineer); Façade Forensics (stone specialists); Modillion Consulting (project management); Daedalus Cost Consultants (cost estimators) 

Jury comment: “This project resolved great technical challenges and saved the original materials of the I.M. Pei building envelope by means of an innovative structural design.” 

Design Citation of Merit (Civic/Institutional) 

McGregor Reflecting Pool, Detroit
Original Architect: Minoru Yamasaki
Restoration team: Quinn Evans Architects (restoration architects); McCarthy & Smith (contractor); Beckett & Raeder (landscape architect)

National Gallery of Art East Building Exterior Stone Repair, Washington, D.C.
National Gallery of Art National Gallery of Art East Building Exterior Stone Repair, Washington, D.C.

Jury comment: “The values of modernism embraced the importance of the total environment and the linkage of the interior with the exterior environment. Recognizing this landscape project is in that spirit.” 

Advocacy Citation of Merit

Lewis and Clark Branch Library, St. Louis
Original Architect: Frederick Dunn, FAIA
Advocacy team: Modern STL board, members, and partners 

Lewis and Clark Branch Library, St. Louis
Lindsey Derrington Lewis and Clark Branch Library, St. Louis

Jury comment: “The project addresses a typology is often threatened and bridges two things: Innovative, passionate campaign with threatened iconic building typology.” 

The jury for the 2015 Modernism in America Awards was led by Michael Mills, FAIA, of Mills + Schnoering Architects, and included Gretchen Pfaehler, AIA, president of the Association for Preservation Technology International; Dietrich Neumann, a professor of the history of modern architecture and urbanism at Brown University; Jack Pyburn, FAIA, an architect and partner at Lord Aeck Sargent, and adjunct professor at Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture; and Theodore Prudon, FAIA, the current president of Docomomo U.S.