Modern Matters: Identifying and Preserving Modern Architecture

APA Missouri Chapter


Thursday, October 25, 2018
11 a.m. - noon CDT

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Kansas City has many significant Modern buildings, from the 1963 BMA tower designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill to the 1974 Kemper Arena designed by Helmut Jahn. While these are iconic Modern buildings, Kansas City has thousands more that fall into that era. After World War II, there was a construction boom throughout the U.S. from new suburban development to large factories. Many of these buildings were designed in the latest Modern styles that were a radical departure from previous designs. Which of these are important to preserve? In 2015, Kansas City embarked on a historic resource survey to document over 3000 non-single family properties built from 1945 to 1979 and evaluate them to determine which of these are significant to the community and meet the standards for historic listing. 1. The participant will learn how to identify significant Modern buildings through the historic resource survey process. 2. The participant will learn how to involve the community in identification and evaluation of Modern buildings. 3. The participant will learn about the variety of economic development tools to assist in historic rehabilitation of Modern buildings along with case studies of rehabilitations.


Sheila Vemmer

Sheila is a former journalist who turned to preservation after seeing firsthand the destruction of historic buildings and monuments around the globe. After receiving a graduate degree in Globalization & International Planning from University of Illinois at Chicago, she came to KCMO to learn the process of preservation from a government ... Read More

Bradley Wolf

Bradley Wolf has been the City Historic Preservation Officer for the Historic Preservation Commission for the City of Kansas City, Missouri since 2001, which is part of the City Planning and Development Department. In this capacity, he processes and reviews applications for Certificates of Appropriateness for those properties listed on ... Read More

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