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Nancy Marie Deromedi

Nancy DeromediWe are deeply saddened to post that Nancy Deromedi, one of the founders of a2Modern, passed away at home on Oct 13 at age 52 after saying her good-byes to her loving family and close friends.  She had bravely waged a year-long fight with esophageal cancer.  She made her mark on those who worked with her and who shared her passion for Ann Arbor’s rich legacy of mid-century modernism architecture, and she will be deeply missed.

Nancy was born in Wyandotte, Michigan on November 9, 1961, the daughter of Jerry Allen and Gaye Kathleen Skinner.   She earned a business management degree at Ferris State in 1983 and pursued a career in retail clothing, arriving in Ann Arbor in 1986 to open a Laura Ashley store.   On November 17, 1990 she married David Deromedi and decided to make another change in her life by returning to school to study history at the University of Michigan.  Her future career was decided when she took a seminar in Michigan history from Francis Blouin, then Director of the Bentley Historical Library, which led to her great interest in using archival evidence of the past.

Nancy earned a B.A. from the School of Literature, Science and the Arts, and a Masters Degree from the School of Information.  She started working at the Bentley as an assistant archivist in 1997, rising through the ranks and was recently appointed Associate Director for Curation.  She was an expert curator of digital archives, designing a series of new and consequential best practices for preserving complex digital collections including the curation of digital archives from Governor Jennifer Granholm and University of Michigan President James J. Duderstadt, as well as the secure preservation of the University’s essential administrative records from its executive offices.

Nancy DeromediHer innovative ideas for solving some of the profession’s most complicated challenges were awarded support by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Historic Records and Publications Commission, and the University of Michigan Information and Technology Services.  Her work inspired a new publication series of the Society of American Archivists, entitled Campus Case Studies, and her reputation led to invitations to present at professional conferences as far away as Beijing, Copenhagen, Paris, Vienna, and throughout the U.S.  She was also a regular guest lecturer with the School of Information, the Society of American Archivists, Midwest Archives Conference, and others.

Her interest in mid-century modern architecture led to her contributions to the cultivation of important design collections for the Bentley from architects Robert Metcalf and David Osler, whose works, along with those of George Brigham, an earlier architect who was instrumental in introducing modern architecture to Ann Arbor, were recently featured at the University of Michigan Museum of Art in the exhibition series and symposium Three Michigan Architects:  Osler, Metcalf, and Brigham.

Nancy was a person of wide interests who sought to incorporate what she learned into how she lived, including with respect to her appreciation of history, art, architecture, design, gardening, and landscape. She loved spending time at her family’s restored 1830’s log house on the natural beauty of Pelee Island, Ontario.  While residing in an Old West Side arts and craft house, she researched the many aspects of this architectural and design style, collected furniture and pottery of the era, created a period correct landscape, and used her many travels as an opportunity to further her knowledge.

Nancy’s deep interest in Ann Arbor’s contributions to modernism took hold when, while browsing in the Bentley’s stacks during breaks, she learned about George Brigham.  Nancy and David purchased the Brigham designed “Leslie and Mary White” home in 2005 and then worked with Robert Metcalf, who had assisted Brigham when the home was originally built in 1950, to make restorations.  This project evolved into her ongoing research and discovery of the amazing stock of mid-century houses in her neighborhood and throughout Ann Arbor, and the architects who designed them, and her development of a deep passion for mid-century design throughout the world.

In 2010 Nancy, along with other interested homeowners and local historians, founded a2Modern, with the goal of raising the awareness and preservation of Ann Arbor’s legacy of modern architecture and design.  Recruiting others with like interests, in a short time she helped make the organization the magnet for everyone interested in this style, publishing a map of mid-century modern houses in Ann Arbor, organizing walks, field trips, house tours, and lectures, developing this website, as well as working with Eastern  Michigan University historic preservation students.  She was pleased last fall when she was able to get non-profit status for the organization.

In addition to her husband David and parents, she is survived by her siblings Jeffrey Allen Skinner (and wife Mio) of Osaka, Japan and Patricia Skinner- Smudz, (and husband Alan) of Monroe, MI,  parents in-law, Herb and Marilyn Deromedi of Mt. Pleasant, MI, sister-in-law Lori Deromedi  of Ann Arbor,  brother and sister-in-law Thomas and Lyndia Deromedi , of Linden, MI, and loving nieces and nephews Matthew, Anne, and Jessica Smudz , Noah and Ian Deromedi, and Kai and Riki Haiden-Skinner.

A memorial service will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor on November 7, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. with a reception at the Ann Arbor City Club immediately following.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions to the Matthaei Botanical Gardens (www.lsa.umich.edu/mbg) or Arbor Hospice (www.arborhospice.org).


David W. Osler obituary

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David Osler, David William 1/9/1921 – 9/8/2014 David W.Osler of Ann Arbor MI, a prominent architect, died peacefully at 1:00 pm, September 8, surrounded by his family. Born and raise in Ann Arbor, he spent most of his childhood at the family home on Glazier Way. He graduated from University High School in 1938 where he met Connie Lorch, the young lady who would become his wife, for sixty-eight years this July. He attended the University of Michigan, studying design and illustration, graduating in 1942, with the goal of becoming a commercial artist. He was a three time letter-winner in golf and was part of a Big Ten championship golf team. Following his time at Michigan, Osler enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS Thomas Jefferson, an assault transport ship. He commanded 5 landing craft, transporting troops of the 116th regiment, 29th division during the first wave of the assault on Omaha Beach, D-Day 70 years ago. After returning from WWII, he decided a career in architecture could fulfill his need for creative and artistic expression. He founded David W. Osler Associates in 1958, housing the firm in the historic Washtenaw Light & Power sub-station (1902) at 916 Fuller Rd., Ann Arbor, after an extensive renovation.

Over the course of a 50 year career Osler compiled a diverse portfolio of building types including domestic, institutional, commercial, and civic commissions. The firm won 22 honor awards and in 2005, won the architectural Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects, (AIA) Michigan. He was a finalist out of 1,420 entries in the design competition for the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. In 1996 Osler was awarded the Michigan Gold Medal, the highest honor of the AIA. He was elevated to the College of Fellows of the AIA in 1981, a lifetime honor bestowed for design excellence and contributions to the profession. He served as a juror and adjunct professor for the Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. He also served the American Institute of Architects as president of the Huron Valley chapter, secretary to the state organization and for three years, as a member of the National Committee on Design in Washington D.C. Additionally, he was a board member of the Washtenaw Historical Commission and spent nine years as a board member of the Washtenaw Metropolitan Planning Commission.

From December of 2013 through March of 2014, Osler’s work was featured in an exhibit at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, entitled, “Three Michigan Architects: Part 1 – David Osler,” co-curated by Joe Rosa, Director, UMMA, and Nancy Bartlett, Head of the University Archives. Affiliations include the Ann Arbor Rotary Club as president in 1989, the graduate letter-winners “M” Club, as president in 1968, Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club, the Vice President’s Club (VP’s) of Ann Arbor. Osler retired in 2010. The Bentley Historical Library wrote in its biography of David Osler, “He leaves a legacy of design elegance and simplicity that has inspired his followers with his commitment to a high quality of community life through architecture.” Osler and his wife Connie have three children, Molly, Robin, and Peter, all of whom have chosen careers in design. He is survived by his wife Connie (Constance), daughters Molly Osler of Ann Arbor, Robin Osler (Bruce Matthews) of New York, NY, Peter (Betsy Williams), of Ann Arbor, grandchildren Zane and Wren, sister Priscilla O. Cook (Mrs. William) of Bellevue, WA and two nieces, Tandy & Carrie and nephew Wyatt. Burial will be private at Botsford Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, October 18, at 1 pm, First Presbyterian Church, Ann Arbor. Photo credited to the Detroit News
- See more at: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/annarbor/obituary.aspx?n=david-william-osler&pid=172493057#sthash.cfmuHjxB.dpuf

The family has asked that memorial gifts go to Hospice of Michigan or a2modern. To make a donation in David Osler’s memory to a2modern, please send a check to a2modern, p.o. 7631, ann arbor, michigan 48107. The mission of a2modern is to raise the awareness and appreciation of modern architecture and design. Questions about a2modern, email modernists@a2modern.org.


Three Michigan Architects: Osler, Metcalf, and Brigham / a Symposium on their Domestic Architecture in Ann Arbor

You are invited to a symposium of “Three Michigan Architects” on their Domestic Architecture in Ann Arbor

See full program with images: http://umma.umich.edu/insider/3ma-symposium

Sunday, October 5
2:00pm–6:00pm
​Helmut Stern Auditorium

The exhibition series Three Michigan Architects: Osler, Metcalf, and Brigham comes to its conclusion with a symposium that brings together faculty from the U-M School of Architecture and Urban Planning with leading figures from UMMA and the Bentley Historical Library. Learn more about the current installment, Three Michigan Architects: Part 3–George Brigham.

SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

2:00pm–3:30pm: Session I – Contextualizing the Modern Houses of Ann Arbor​

Session I explores the wider importance of this circle of Ann Arbor-based architects, situating their regional body of domestic work into the larger context of modern architecture in the U.S. that developed on the East Coast and West Coast from the 1930s–1980.

Keynote Speaker: Joseph Rosa (UMMA)

Panel: : Doug Kelbaugh, Monica Ponce de Leon, Robert Beckley (Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning)​

Moderator: Claire Zimmerman (Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning)

3:30pm–4:30pm: Reception with refreshments, UMMA Commons​

4:30pm–6:00pm: Session II – Preservation, Restoration, and Revival of the Modern Houses of Ann Arbor​

Session II examines the role of the archive in preserving the architectural legacy of these architects and informing efforts at restoration and revival.

Keynote speaker: Nancy Bartlett (Bentley Historical Library)

Panel: Nancy Deromedi (Bentley Historical Library), Greg Saldaña, Craig Borum (Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning)

Moderator: Claire Zimmerman (Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning)

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3 – George Brigham will be open for viewing until 6:30 pm.

More information about the symposium participants (in alpha order):

NANCY BARTLETT
Nancy Bartlett is Associate Director for Academic Programs and Collections Development at the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. She has authored a volume on the history of the University of Michigan A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, entitled More Than A Handsome Box: Education in Architecture at the University of Michigan, 1876-1986. An advocate of architectural archives, she secured several of the modernist architects’ collections at the Bentley Historical Library.


ROBERT BECKLEY

Robert Beckley was Dean of the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning from 1987 to 1997. Prior to that he was a Professor, Chair, Acting Dean, and Research Scientist in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a school he helped found. For over a decade he was also a principal in the award-winning firm Beckley-Myers, Architects in Milwaukee. He has just published his first novel, The Architect’s Suicide: a fictional account.

CRAIG BORUM
Craig Borum is a Professor at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and the founding principal at PLY Architecture in Ann Arbor, Michigan, which he established in 1999 as a collaborative design studio seeking to strike a balance between client commissions, funded research, and design competitions. PLY is both a professional practice and an extension of his role as designer, maker, thinker and educator. Through PLY, his creative practice and design research have garnered considerable accolades for outstanding design quality, an inventive use of common materials, and dynamic award winning projects deeply rooted in the context from which they emerge. His work continues to explore the interdependent relationships of architecture and site, and the intersection of geometry and materiality. In 2012 he completed the restoration of Metcalf’s Crane Residence. He is currently working on the restoration and renovations at 3 Metcalf houses (Forsythe, Elliott and Akil/Watson) in Ann Arbor, Osler’s Fosdick House and Brigham’s Levinthal House.

NANCY DEROMEDI
Nancy Deromedi is Associate Director for Curation at the Bentley Historical Library, where she oversees all curation activities, and is one of the founders of a2modern. Her interest in Ann Arbor’s contributions to modernism took hold when she and her husband, David, purchased the Brigham-designed “Leslie and Mary White” home in 2005 and worked with Robert Metcalf on the home’s renovations. In 2010, Nancy and Tracy Aris, a fellow Brigham homeowner, along with other interested homeowners and local historians founded the architectural history group a2modern to raise the awareness and preservation of modern architecture and design in Ann Arbor. Nancy has collaborated with Grace Shackman on “Modern in Ann Arbor” Atomic Ranch, Winter 2012 and “Birth of the Cube Farm” Ann Arbor Observer, June 2014. a2modern has also published a detailed map of 86 selected residential properties in the Ann Arbor hills/Arboretum/Geddes area.

DOUGLAS KELBAUGH
Douglas Kelbaugh, Professor and former Dean of the University of Michigan’s Taubman College, was principal in Kelbaugh and Lee from 1977 to 1985, an architecture firm that won 15 design awards and competitions while pioneering passive solar design. As Chair of the Architecture Department at the University of Washington and principal in Kelbaugh, Calthorpe Associates, he edited The Pedestrian Pocket Book and authored Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design and Repairing the American Metropolis. He co-edited The Michigan Debates on Urbanism in 2005 and Writing Urbanism in 2008. While on leave in 2008 -2010, he was Executive Director of Design and Planning in a Dubai-based development company with projects throughout the Eastern Hemisphere.


MONICA PONCE DE LEON

Monica Ponce de Leon was appointed Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning of University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning in September 2008. In 1991, she co-founded Office dA and in 2011 launched her own design practice; Monica Ponce de Leon Studio. She joined the Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty in 1996, where she was a Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Digital Lab. She has also held teaching appointments at Northeastern University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design and Georgia Institute of Technology among others. Her practice has received over 60 design awards including the AIA’s Institute Honor Award for Architecture (Macallen Building, 2010), Honor Award for Design Excellence, AIA New York Chapter (200 West Street Project Team (including Office dA), 2010), Wallpaper Design Awards Best New Restaurant (Banq, 2009), the AIA/LA Design Award (Helios House, 2007), the AIA/ALA Library Building Award (Fleet Library at RISD, 2007), the AIA/Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Green Projects (Macallen Building, 2008), five I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review Awards and eight Progressive Architecture Awards.

JOSEPH ROSA
Joseph Rosa is Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA), a position he has held since July 2010. At the University, Rosa also chairs the President’s Advisory Committee on Public Art and is a Professor of Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Prior to his arrival at the University of Michigan, Rosa was the John H. Bryan Curatorial Chair of Architecture and Design at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Helen Hilton Raiser Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Curator of Architecture at the Heinz Architectural Center at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA, the Chief Curator at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC, and the Director of the Columbia Architecture Galleries. Rosa is a prolific author, with 16 books as well as numerous articles and essays to his credit. His research addresses modern architecture and the representation of architecture through photograph, film, and the design arts. His body of work as a curator also spans historical to contemporary architecture, with a focus on bringing emerging issues in architecture to the general public as well as repositioning historical figures through a contemporary framework. Over his career he has curated 50 exhibitions.

GREGORY SALDANA
Gregory Saldaña teaches masters and post professional documentation and architectural preservation courses at Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning. His research is focused on the preservation of modern architecture in the American cultural context, with a particular interest in industrial and regional influences. Since joining the faculty in 2009, he has curated exhibitions addressing the history and speculative future of modern architecture, including: Modernism at Risk / Michigan Matters, Constructing Modern: The Work of Robert C. Metcalf, and most recently Michigan Modern: Design That Shaped America hosted by Cranbrook Art Museum. Saldaña received his BFA and BARCH from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of MPdL Studio, an architecture firm with offices in Ann Arbor, Boston, and New York City.


CLAIRE ZIMMERMAN

Claire Zimmerman is Associate Professor of History of Art and at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She teaches courses on 19th- and 20th-century European and American architecture with research emphases on architectural media and industrialization. She is currently curating an exhibition at Tate Britain, opening November 2014 and entitled New Brutalist Image 1949-1955 with Victoria Walsh, Royal College of Art, London. Zimmerman’s book Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) joins a co-edited essay collection, Neo-avant-garde and Postmodern: Postwar Architecture in Britain and Beyond (with Mark Crinson) that appeared as Volume 21 in the Yale Studies in British Art (Yale University Press) in fall 2010. An earlier monograph, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was published by Taschen in 2006.
Three Michigan Architects: Osler, Metcalf, and Brigham is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, which showcases the renowned and diverse collections of the University of Michigan. This series inaugurates UMMA’s collaboration with the Bentley Historical Library and is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lead support for Three Michigan Architects is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research.
This symposium is made possible by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research.
Top left image: David Osler, Architect, Mundus Residence exterior, Ann Arbor, MI, 1978; Greg Hursley, Photographer; Courtesy of the University of Michigan Bentley Historical Library Top middle: Robert C. Metcalf, Architect, Metcalf Residence exterior, Ann Arbor, MI, 1952-1953, Photograph by Galbraith Photography, Courtesy of the U-M Bentley Historical Library Bottom middle: Robert C. Metcalf, c. 1960. Image courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Top right: George B. Brigham, Architect, Hazen Residence exterior, Ann Arbor, MI, 1949, Courtesy of the U-M Bentley Historical Library


Last walking tour for 2014, Sunday September 14th-SOLD OUT!

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Join us for the last walking tour of the year. The tour will be Sunday September 14th from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30.
Ann Arbor Walking Tour III Sunday, September 14, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

This event has limited space availability. Cost: $10/person. Registration is required.

This walking tour will look at several modern homes located in one area of Ann Arbor Hills. The tour will view the exteriors of homes designed by Robert Metcalf, William Muschenheim, Edward Olencki and Joe Albano and David Osler. It will provide a historical overview of the area and will include an interior view of the Robert and Bettie Metcalf residence (1952). The walking tour will be lead by Nancy Deromedi and Grace Shackman.

a2modern is a local 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor’s modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July 19 –October 12, 2014.

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan.

LOGISTICS: We will meet in front of 910 Heather Way. You can park on both sides of the street.

Questions? email modernists@a2modern.org


Ann Arbor City Historic Preservation Awards-Congratulations!

Each June, the Historic Preservation Award Committee selects a number of properties for Rehabilitation or Preservation awards. This year was the 30th year for the awards and several modern property owners were recognized. They are Ken Wisniski and Linda Dintenfass; Dr. Howard Shapiro, Steve Sivak and Akhavan Rayhaneh. Thanks all for caring so well for your properties! See the handout below (PDF) for a description of all award winners including Preservationist of the Year and Special Merit winners Susan Wineberg and Patrick McCauley for their book “Historic Ann Arbor: An Architectural Guide.”

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Event at David Osler’s Former Architectural Studio-Thank you!

Thanks to all that made the event on August 10th, 2014 at David Osler’s former architectural studio and former Ann Arbor Light and Power station a memorable afternoon. Thanks to Molly and Connie Osler for sharing so much about the history of the building, the work on restoring the building and how it was used. Thanks to the current owners Dr. Kristine Freeark and Dr. Robert Zucker for opening the building to a2modern and sharing your experience with working with David Osler on retrofitting the space to work for your business. And, thanks to Helen Aminoff, Osler’s office manager and several former employees for being there to share your stories! Enjoy a few photographs courtesy of Susan Wineberg.

916 Fuller- Molly Osler- Nancy Deromedo-Connie Osler-1916 Fuller- the current owners and Molly Osler916 Fuller- looking down spiral stairs- 2014916 Fuller- former waiting room and Mexican tiles


Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham (new addition, Free Press Review)

Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham

Also, see August 21 review of the show by Michael Hodges, Detroit Free Press.

Wayne Hazen residence

July 19–October 12, 2014

Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is the last in a series of three consecutive exhibitions. Part 1 of the series presented the work of David Osler (December 21, 2013–March 30, 2014) and Part 2, the work of Robert Metcalf (April 5–July 13, 2014). The series will culminate on October 5, 2014 with a symposium that will explore the importance of this circle of Ann Arbor-based architects, situating their regional body of domestic work into the larger context of modern architecture in the U.S. that developed on the East Coast and West Coast from the 1930s–1980s. Symposium participants include UMMA Director Joseph Rosa, Head of the University Archives Program at the Bentley Historical Library Nancy Bartlett, Bentley Associate Archivist and Head of Digital Curation Services Nancy Deromedi, and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning faculty Claire Zimmerman, Greg Saldaña, Craig Borum, and Robert Beckley.

This exhibition is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, which showcases the renowned and diverse collections of the University of Michigan. This series inaugurates UMMA’s collaboration with the Bentley Historical Library, and is generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Lead support for Three Michigan Architects.

Image source: George B. Brigham, Architect, Hazen Residence exterior, Ann Arbor, MI, 1949, Courtesy of the U-M Bentley Historical Library


David Osler’s Former Architectural Studio Tour 8/10/14-parking update!

Registration for the David Osler architectural studio tour is now open.

Description
Sunday, August 10, 2 pm – 4 pm
This event has limited space availability. Cost: $10/person. Registration is required.

Osler’s architectural studio was built in 1902 by the Washtenaw Light and Power (predecessor of Detroit Edison) as a place to change voltage from high to low, it had been empty since 1949. Windows were missing. The slate on the roof was damaged from the years of being jiggled by all the trains going by. Conduit insulators were sticking out just below the roof. The inside was a total mess. In addition, the neighborhood, then filled with ramshackle houses, was considered a bad part of town. Osler admits “there were not many who would want it,” but he could see the possibilities.
“It was like the building was shaking hands with me,” says David Osler, describing turning a deserted electric power substation into a modern office. He made the dilapidated shell into a useable space and then put on an addition, staying within the perimeters allowed by the structure and lot. The tour will show how a historical building can successfully be repurposed. The current owners of the building, Dr. Kristine Freeark and Dr. Robert Zucker, will be in attendance to answer questions about the most recent reuse of the building.

Light refreshments will be served.

a2modern is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders, and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor’s modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July 19 –October 12, 2014.

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is the final in a series of architectural exhibitions that also featured Michigan Architects David Osler (Part 1) and Robert Metcalf (Part 2). It is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan.

REGISTER HERE
Space is limited
$10/person

LOGISTICS

The office is located at 916 Fuller Street. There is not enough room to park at this location so, you will need to park nearby and walk a bit to get to the office. Some suggestions:

To the east (toward Glen):

On Glen Court there are spaces on the street with no time limit.
At the end of Glen Ct. is a U of M parking structure (open on weekends and weekdays after 6 p.m.). No UM permit is required on Sundays. [This is kitty corner to Angelo's and has plenty of parking]

In the other direction there’s parking on State St. and on High St.

UPDATE: Geoff Perkins owner of Perkins Construction and former Osler employee has offered his parking lot and side of building for attendees. Perkins Construction is located at 310 Depot Street right next to Casey’s. You can park in the back or on the side of the building.


a2modern upcoming summer activities

a2modern has several activities planned for the rest of the summer. See registration links below and descriptions by date.

JULY
Saturday 7/19 Mies van der Rohe’s Lafayette Park, Detroit Tour
Thursday 7/31 Walking Tour I

AUGUST
Thursday 8/7 Walking Tour II
Sunday 8/10 David Osler’s Former Architectural Studio Tour

JULY
7/19/14
Modern Living Series: Tour of Detroit’s Mies van der Rohe Historic District

Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Cost: $30/person
This event has limited space availability. Registration is required. See www.a2modern.org for registration details, follow the link below REGISTER HERE or email modernists@a2modern.org.

Detroit’s Mies van der Rohe Historic District in Lafayette Park includes 186 cooperatively owned Town House and Court House units, three apartment towers, an elementary school, a retail district, and a 13-acre park known as the Lafayette Plaisance.

The neighborhood has been hailed as “one of the most spatially successful and socially significant statements in urban renewal” and as a “prototype for future urban development predicated on human values.” The site contains the largest collection of buildings by the architect Mies van der Rohe in the world, as well as the only group of row houses built to his specifications.

The tour will be conducted by Christian Unverzagt and Neil McEachern, both long-time residents of Lafayette Park. Unverzagt is an Assistant Professor of Practice in Architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College. McEachern, now retired, is a former Detroit Public Schools principal.

You can learn more at MiesDetroit.org

REGISTER HERE

LOGISTICS
Transportation is on your own. We will all meet at 12:45 p.m. at the Mies van der Rohe plaza located between the two buildings at the Lafayette Park Shopping Center on E. Lafayette between Rivard St. and Orleans St.

The Mies van der Rohe Historic District is located at the northeast corner of E. Lafayette St. and Rivard St. Take the freeway to downtown Detroit as if you were headed to Greektown, exiting at the E. Lafayette exit off southbound I-375. But instead, turn left and head east at Lafayette. Rivard St. is one block east of I-375.

Parking is available in the parking lot of the shopping center, one half mile east of Rivard, or on the public streets of Joliet Place and Nicolet Place (off Rivard, north of E. Lafayette.) If you park on Joliet or Nicolet you can walk east through the park to the shops, just beyond the Chrysler School.)

For questions about this event email: modernists@a2modern.org

Modern Living Series: Walking Tour I of Ann Arbor Hills Modern Residences

Thursday, July 31, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
$10/person
This event has limited space availability. Registration is required. See www.a2modern.org for registration details, follow the link below REGISTER HERE or email modernists@a2modern.org.

This walking tour is a look at several modern homes located in one area of Ann Arbor Hills. The tour will view the exteriors of homes designed by Robert Metcalf, George Brigham, William Muschenheim, David Osler, Edward Olencki and Joseph Albano. It will provide a historical overview of the area and will look at in particular at site planning. The tour will conclude with an interior view of Robert Metcalf’s first commission, the Crane residence (1954). Current homeowners Linda and Jim Elert will be present to answer questions about the house and its history. The walking tour will be lead by Nancy Deromedi and Grace Shackman.

a2modern is a local 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders, and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor’s modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July 19 –October 12, 2014.

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan.

REGISTER HERE

LOGISTICS: Park near 1109 Heather Way which is at the corner of Heather Way and Aberdeen. We will proceed from there.

AUGUST

a2modern Modern Living Series: Walking Tour II of Ann Arbor Hills Modern Residences

Thursday, August 7, 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Cost: $10/person
This event has limited space availability. Registration is required. See www.a2modern.org for registration details, follow the link below REGISTER HERE or email modernists@a2modern.org.

This walking tour will look at several modern homes located in one area of Ann Arbor Hills. The tour will view the exteriors of homes designed by Robert Metcalf, William Muschenheim, David Osler and Herbert Johe. It will provide a historical overview of the area and will conclude with an interior view of Herbert Johe’s Holcomb residence (1959). Current homeowner Glenn Watkins will be present to answer questions. The walking tour will be lead by Nancy Deromedi and Grace Shackman.

a2modern is a local 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor’s modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July19 –October 12, 2014.

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan.


LOGISTICS:
Park near 1109 Heather Way which is at the corner of Heather Way and Aberdeen. We will proceed from there.

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Sunday August 10th
a2modern Presents: Tour of David Osler’s Former Architectural Studio
Sunday, August 10, 2 pm – 5 pm
This event has limited space availability. Cost: $10/person. Registration is required.

Osler’s architectural studio was built in 1902 by the Washtenaw Light and Power (predecessor of Detroit Edison) as a place to change voltage from high to low, it had been empty since 1949. Windows were missing. The slate on the roof was damaged from the years of being jiggled by all the trains going by. Conduit insulators were sticking out just below the roof. The inside was a total mess. In addition, the neighborhood, then filled with ramshackle houses, was considered a bad part of town. Osler admits “there were not many who would want it,” but he could see the possibilities.
“It was like the building was shaking hands with me,” says David Osler, describing turning a deserted electric power substation into a modern office. He made the dilapidated shell into a useable space and then put on an addition, staying within the perimeters allowed by the structure and lot. The tour will show how a historical building can successfully be repurposed. The current owners of the building, Dr. Kristine Freeark and Dr. Robert Zucker, will be in attendance to answer questions about the most recent reuse of the building.

Light refreshments will be served.

a2modern is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the awareness of and appreciation for mid-century architecture and design, celebrating the accomplishments of the architects, designers, builders, and homeowners in Ann Arbor. UMMA is pleased to partner with a2modern to provide audiences the opportunity to experience Ann Arbor’s modernist architecture in conjunction with the exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham on view July 19 –October 12, 2014.

The exhibition Three Michigan Architects: Part 3—George Brigham is the final in a series of architectural exhibitions that also featured Michigan Architects David Osler (Part 1) and Robert Metcalf (Part 2). It is part of the U-M Collections Collaborations series, co-organized by and presented at UMMA and designed to showcase the renowned and diverse collections at the University of Michigan.


Patterson house tour: thank you!

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a2modern thanks everyone who came Saturday to the Patterson House tour! We would like to thank the homeowners, Audra Wenzlow and Dave Hollinden; special guests Eunice Burns and Ann Ormand; and several UMMA docents. We hope you enjoyed the afternoon and wanted to note that the Robert C. Metcalf exhibit at the University of Michigan Museum of Art ends July 13th.

Rendering: Robert C. Metcalf Collection, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

a2modern is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to raise the appreciation and awareness of modern architecture and design in Ann Arbor. Contact: modernists@a2modern.org