Midcentury Modern: Materials and Preservation

National Park Service Centennial Symposium Series

This three-day symposium in St. Louis will feature a keynote speech on preservation of mid-century structures by Gunny Harboe, plus 23 lectures, a panel discussion, poster session, and tours by leading professionals from across the country.

Major topics include:

  • Preserving the Gateway Arch
  • Establishing an appreciation for mid-century structures from ranch houses and commercial buildings to architectural icons
  • Understanding preservation and materials issues in mid-century structures including metals, glass, concrete, and fiberglass
  • Learning from case studies of unique buildings such as the Farnsworth House, Fallingwater, and the Knapp Center

A special public lecture on Monday, April 13 at Washington University in St.Louis, features Kevin Roche, Susan Saarinen, and Robert Moore.