Modern Matters: Identifying and Preserving Modern Architecture
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.
Brendan Griesemer, firstname.lastname@example.org