11.08.2014

Bennington Modernism

Earlier this year the Bennington Museum opened a new permanent exhibition dedicated to the modernist artists who worked in and around Bennington from the early 1950s through the mid-1970s. Among the artists of national and international stature with local ties were Pat Adams, Willard Boepple, Anthony Caro, Paul Feeley, Helen Frankenthaler, Patricia Johanson, Vincent Longo, Kenneth Noland, Jules Olitski, Dan Shapiro, David Smith and Tony Smith. 

Has anyone been to see the exhibition? What do you think?

10.22.2014

Searching for True: Lecture by Architect James Cutler, FAIA


Each of the buildings shown here was designed by Cutler Anderson ArchitectsCome hear architect James Cutler discuss his work next week in Burlington! 

WHERE:  Burlington City Arts Center, Lorraine B. Good Room (2nd floor), at the heart of Church Street Marketplace in Burlington
WHEN:  Thursday, October 30, 2014  (6pm social hour, 7pm lecture)
MORE INFO: AIA Vermont

Spring Creek Ranch, Collierville, TN ~ 2007
Grace Episcopal Church, Bainbridge Island, WA ~ 2003
Bodega Residence, Bodega Bay, CA ~ 2010




10.11.2014

The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller

The fantastically-named thinker, designer, architect and author R. Buckminster Fuller came up with some of the most intriguing ideas of the 20th century, including the geodesic dome. In fact, in 1979-1980 Fuller was a proponent of building a giant dome over the City of Winooski. Obviously, it was never built but it's fun to read about: The Golden Onion Dome

Rendering by John Anderson of the City of Winooski 
under "The Golden Onion Dome"

On October 30, 2014, a performance titled "The Love Song of R. Buckminster Fuller" will be staged at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. This multi-media "live documentary" is narrated by Sam Green, with live music performed by Yo La Tengo. It promises to be a great evening!

Tickets are available through FlynnTix. Get yours now!


9.13.2014

Vermont Design Week: 9/22 - 9/27

The mid-20th century was a great period for modernist graphic design. Paul Rand, Cipe Pineles, Saul Bass, Herbert Matter...learn about their work here.


See what's going in the design world today during Vermont Design Week. Is anyone participating in the events they have planned?

9.07.2014

You Could Own a Home Designed by D. James Hill!

And who was D. James Hill, you ask? In the 1950s and 1960s, Hill was one of the most creative and progressive architects working in the Burlington area. You can read more about his life and work here.

As luck would have it, there are two houses for sale right now designed by Hill. The first is located in Burlington's New North End, at 170 Ethan Allen Parkway. Built in 1958 for the Richards family, it features a front wall of glass and split-level floor plan. Click the photo below for a link to the real estate listing.

170 Ethan Allen Parkway, Burlington, D. James Hill, 1958

The second one is in South Burlington, at 260 Spear Street. Hill designed it in 1954 for Dr. Louise Raynor, who was a professor of botany at UVM. The house was featured in the Burlington Free Press when it was built, and you can read the article and see a photo of the house taken shortly after construction here. Click the photo below for a link to the real estate listing.

260 Spear Street, South Burlington, D. James Hill, 1954


9.04.2014

A Quick Introduction...

Hi Folks,

Thanks for following The Vermodernist! As you probably know, Eric and Jen are moving from Winooski to Chicago at the end of the year. They have graciously handed over The Vermodernist reins to me, to continue what they started.

And who am I? I moved to Burlington ten years ago to study historic preservation at the University of Vermont. I am now the State Architectural Historian at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, with a soft spot for mid-century modern architecture and design. I live in Burlington's south end, in a 1956 ranch house with my wife and two kids.

Some of you may know my website - www.vermontmodern.com - which contains a wealth of information about modernist architects and architecture throughout the state. It is constantly being updated, so check in often to see what's new.

There is a lot going on in Vermont these days that has roots in the modernist movement, and I'm excited to have The Vermodernist to share current news items, details about special events, and interesting finds with all of you.

But enough about me...look for new posts on The Vermodernist soon!

Devin