Saturday, October 10, 2009

Midcentury Modern Architecture Event

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is holding an event to discuss the Midcentury Modern architectural heritage of the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. As many of these structures are reaching the 50 year milestone for historic designation, it is time recognize those with architectural significance and those in danger of destruction, and then to discuss the means of preserving them. This event will be held at the fitting Christ Church Lutheran designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen in S. Mpls, which was inducted to the National Register of Historic Places earlier this year. This event is free, but space is limited, so reserve your spot by emailing

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: Christ Church Lutheran, 3244 34th Avenue, Minneapolis

Doors open at 6:00, Panel discussion begins at 6:30, to be followed by a reception.

Panelists include:

Todd Grover, AIA, MacDonald and Mack architects

Charlene K. Roise, President, Hess Roise Historical Consultants

Stephanie Atwood, Historian, Hess Roise Historical Consultants

Victoria Young, St. Thomas University

Christine Madrid French. Director, Modernism + Recent Past Program, National Trust for Historic Preservation

More Information about Christ Church Lutheran:

Minnesota’s newest National Historic Landmark, the church was designed by Eliel and Eero Saarinen (1949, 1962), a father and son known for their innovative and imaginative buildings nationwide. Other buildings by Eliel Saarinen include the Cranbrook Educational Community in Michigan (also a National Historic Landmark). Eero Saarinen’s works include the 1963 St. Louis Gateway Arch (a NHL) and the 1962 TWA Terminal at JFK Airport in New York (listed on the National Register of Historic Places).

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