What You Don't Know About Preserving Modern Architecture
PVN's Meghan Elliott and Michael Bjornberg will be speaking at the May 16th "Urban Currents" lecture series, sponsored by Cuningham Group. The event will take place at the National Historic Landmark Pillsbury A-Mill, designed by Minneapolis architect LeRoy S. Buffington. A tour of the A-Mill Lofts will be included.
Meghan and Michael's discussion will be based on this summary below:
Historic preservation is changing – are we ready for it? Building materials, construction technology, and design philosophy changed dramatically in the post war period. As these buildings and construction methods merge into our historic lexicon, we are confronted with new challenges for adaptive reuse, retrofit, understanding historic significance, and heritage preservation.
This “Top Ten” list of what we don’t know presents the shifting tenets of preservation that are impacting building owners, designers, users, communities, and investors. The formula for preservation is different: spatial relationships, material repair – or even replacement, and character-defining features are not consistent with 19th and early 20th century architecture. The way we work and live – at midcentury and now – requires adaptive reuse or retrofitting to keep these structures relevant and viable. Finally, the resources that we have for understanding and evaluating significance are evolving. How do we use what we don’t know to inform what we do?
Register now for the event here.