APT NYC offered the best of Mid-century Modern!

Posted by: Ilene Tyler, FAIA, FAPT, LEED AP - Principal and Director of Preservation, Quinn Evans Architects on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 12:00:00 am

Paper sessions and keynote speakers covered a wide range of topics, not necessarily Modern, but filled with ideas and case studies making the information applicable to work back home, in my case, in Michigan. Beyond the conference hotel, though, there was plenty to explore, from Times Square to the High Line to Harlem, and of course the incredible sites offered in the Field Sessions. 

 

My tour of Long Island on Saturday included visits to several classic Modern homes tucked into winding lanes carved from original grand estates. Current owners welcomed us into their homes, where we were delighted with the quality of the setting in the landscape and a classic and creative use of color. In addition, the homes presented themselves as highly adaptable and very livable, if maybe not terribly energy efficient.

 

My tour of the UN Headquarters, with the purpose of learning about the Master Plan, included visits to several of the convening theaters, just not the General Assembly, which is currently undergoing comprehensive restoration. Other spaces we visited did not disappoint, with their restored 1950s color scheme, meticulously reproduced furniture, exquisite custom finishes, and state-of-the-art technology. Lunch in the delegates’ dining room, with a view of the River, certainly was a highlight of the experience. The reglazed Secretariat Building commands a prominent place in the City’s skyline.

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