Local Event: Docomomo DC "Rediscovering Brutalism" tour

  • Saturday, October 07, 2017
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tour will begin with a lecture at the AIA National Headquarters

Docomomo DC will host a lecture and tour highlighting the unique Brutalist architectural heritage of Washington, D.C., as part of this year’s annual, nationwide Docomomo Tour Day.

Brutalism is an architectural style everyone loves to hate, but marks an important period in the history of design and the history of our Washington, D.C. Recent demolitions of Brutalist buildings in the city have shown that now is the time to reevaluate and celebrate this architecture.

The event will begin with a lecture titled "Heroism and Hubris" by architectural historian Michael Kubo on the evolution of brutalist design and its development within Washington, D.C. Kubo is an assistant professor at the University of Houston’s College of Architecture and co-author of Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston, a history and analysis of Boston’s brutalist architecture.

Participants will then depart on a walking and Metro tour of the K Street and Dupont Circle neighborhoods to view buildings that demonstrate the varied scales, material choices, and functions of D.C. Brutalism. Tour highlights include the Sunderland Building (1969), the headquarters of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (1977), and the Farragut North (1976) and Dupont Circle (1977) Metro stations, among others.

For more information and to register click here or visit the Docomomo DC website!

APT DC Members may register at the $25 rate (membership will be verified).

Please be aware that this event coincides with the APT DC tour of Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. We apologize for this unfortunate scheduling conflict! 


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