On October 22, 2012 the Historic Preservation department will be hosting the winner of the 2012 Book Prize Jeffrey Chusid. Mr Chusid is an architect and associate professor for the Historic Preservation program at Cornell University. His many accomplishment over the years include planning and designing cultural landscapes and material conservation projects around the world, being a coordinator for DOCOMOMO, curating exhibits on modern architecture and being an editor for the Journal of Architectural Education.
Chusid’s book Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity is a case study of Frank Lloyd Wrights’s Freeman House in Los Angeles, CA. In it he tells the story of the house, the occupants and the efforts that have been made to preserve its integrity. Chusid also asks two questions about the house 1) does it’s integrity depend on saving intact the experimental textile-block construction and 2) does its significance derive primarily from its authorship by Wright or from its singular status as a building worked a reworked by many of the region’s most important modern architects?
Please join us on Monday, October 22, 2012 at 5pm in Combs 139 to hear more about this preservation effort.
Please click here for the official announcement and more details about this year’s prize winning book.