Mid-Century Modern: Materials and Preservation Symposium, April 14-16

Posted on 12. Apr, 2015 by in Events



The Friends of NCPTT, the World Monument Fund, the American Institute for Architects St. Louis, Washington University in St. Louis, and the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial are partnering for a jointly organized symposium on the preservation of Mid-Century Modern Structures. The meeting will be held at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, Missouri, April 14-16, 2015. A public lecture will precede the meeting on Monday evening, April 13 at Washington University in St. Louis.

Details online here.

Modern STL Now Has 501(c)3 Status

Posted on 08. Dec, 2014 by in Events

When Toby Weiss called together modernist aficionados and preservationists in 2010, the first order of business was organizing cocktail parties at cool retro pads. The quickly-elected second item was creating a new mid-century modern preservation organization. Modern STL incorporated in September 2010, but all along has only dreamed of the esteemed 501(c)3 federal tax-exempt status.

The Internal Revenue Service beat Santa to our mailbox this year with notification: Modern STL now has 501(c)3 status. This means that all of your donations and membership fees are fully exempt, and can be claimed as deductions on your federal income tax forms.

Ah, yes, what a great time to renew your membership!

Preservation Month Showcase: MoModerne

Posted on 19. May, 2014 by in Events

Date: Thursday, May 22nd
Time: 7-9pm
Location: MoModerne, 8631 Watson Rd in Webster Groves
Cost: Free for members, $5 for non-members

momoderneModern STL presents our first-ever annual National Preservation Month Showcase event, which highlights an exemplary mid-century modern renovation. This year we’ll visit MoModerne‘s fabulous new store on Watson Road, opened in August 2013. MoModerne revived a 1961 commercial building originally designed by Erwin Knoesel (architect of Tropicana Lanes) for Herman Knoll Florist. This reception will feature light snacks and drinks on us, as well as a short talk on Watson Road and the history of Route 66 by Joe Sonderman, author of Route 66 Missouri and a KLOU radio DJ. To top it all off, MoModerne will offer a 25 percent discount on single items purchased during the event, so we’ll see you there!

Sugar Creek Ranch Receiving Kirkwood Neighborhood of Distinction Award

Posted on 02. May, 2014 by in Events

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Sugar Creek Ranch, developed in the 1950s by Burton Duenke with houses designed by Ralph Fournier, will receive one of this year’s Kirkwood Landmarks “Favorite Buildings Awards” in the category of “Neighborhoods of Distinction.” The Neighborhoods of Distinction are for “an area of architectural significance and character that has maintained its integrity for 50 years or more.”

Sugar Creek receives the award from the Kirkwood Landmarks Commission and Architectural Review Board on Wednesday, May 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Kirkwood Train Station. The press release can be found here.

Former Modern STL Board Member and Sugar Creek Ranch resident Amy Burger nominated her neighborhood for the honor. Modern STL salutes Sugar Creek Ranch on finding its rightfully honored place among Kirkwood’s many historic neighborhoods!