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Modernism, Traditionalism and Authenticity: Architecture and Preservation in Washington, DC.

February 28 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Preservationists, critics and historians of American city-making in the twentieth century typically highlight a conflict between postwar urban redevelopment and the human-scaled and neighborhood-oriented architectural legacy of the nineteenth century to explain the rise of preservation from the 1960s onwards. This story of destructive redevelopment either explicitly or implicitly casts modernism as villain. But this orthodox account is badly in need of revision. In this talk I will draw on work from my recently published history of Washington, DC, Historic Capital, to rethink the relationship between modernist architects and the city’s preservation movement in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cameron Logan is an urban and architectural historian and his work explores the relationship between, architecture, urban identity and history via two main lines of inquiry. The first of these is the exploration of civic culture and place-based citizenship in debates about architecture, preservation and urban design. The second is the history of building types in twentieth century architecture. He is the author of Historic Capital: Preservation, Race and Real Estate in Washington, DC (University of Minnesota Press, 2017) and co-author of Architecture and the Modern Hospital: Nosokomeion to Hygeia (Routledge, 2018). Cameron teaches in the School of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, where he directs the postgraduate program in heritage conservation.

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: Reception at 6:30; Lecture begins at 7:00
Location:  First Congregational United Church of Christ at 945 G Street NW
Cost $10 for Latrobe Chapter and DCPL members: $15 for nonmembers (no reservations required)


February 28
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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