"the house was demolished: the role of cultural bias in the loss of modern american residential architecture" to be presented at the vernacular architecture forum - new england

At the 2018 Vernacular Architecture Forum - New England meeting Vernacular at Mid-Century, 1930-1970, Anna Marcum has been selected to present The House was Demolished: The Role of Cultural Bias in the Loss of Modern American Residential Architecture, an excerpt from her Master of Preservation Studies thesis on March 24, 2018 in Sturbridge, MA. Architectural history is a capricious factor in the preservation of historic buildings. Unfortunately, the field has had a tendency to omit the achievements of women, African Americans, and LGBTQ+ individuals, until the latter half of the 20th century. Therefore, significant architectural works designed by female architects or architects of color left out of the canon are quietly lost to the wrecking ball. The presentation will discuss the cultural perception and documentation of Eleanor Raymond, a prominent Boston architect specializing in innovative residential architecture and arguably one of the first practitioners of “adaptive reuse,” whose most iconic buildings have been demolished. There is much to be learned about mid-century American life from studying regional iterations of vernacular modernism. Unfortunately, frequently to save only the highest, most prestigious examples of modernism and allow nature to take its course on the lesser known buildings. The House Was Demolished is relevant to the theme of the meeting as it thoroughly examines how cultural bias against ordinary architecture has shaped the remaining building stock of modern residential architecture. The presentation will also examine how architectural historians and preservationists can curb the destruction of these properties. You may register for the forum here


marcum to give lecture on artist-designed stained glass at the tulane school of architecture

On March 21, 2018 Anna Marcum will present a lecture at the Tulane School of Architecture about preservation methodology used in artist-designed religious spaces. Thanks to the generous funding of the Ann and Frank Masson Graduate Research Fellowship, Marcum was able to travel to artist-designed religious spaces in France and the United States. Stained glass and murals created by Henri Matisse, Jean Cocteau, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso in religious spaces throughout Cote d’Azur in the south of France and the Marc Chagall stained glass windows in the Reims Cathedral will be discussed in comparison to the stained glass windows designed by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall at Union Church of Pocantico Hills in Tarrytown, NY, the Philip Johnson designed Rothko Chapel and the Live Oak Friends Meeting House/Skyspace, designed by artist James Turrell in Houston, TX. The discussion will focus on the preservation methods employed to care for artist-designed religious spaces in Europe and the United States, analyze their differences, and emphasize how artist-designed features encourage more proactive preservation efforts.