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Friday, May 31 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
(Architecture) Shared Approaches for Conserving Modern Heritage

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This panel discussion will present two case studies that demonstrate interdisciplinary conservation and preservation strategies for two mid-century modern masterpieces. In addition to the four presenters, a discussant will contextualize the presentations within a broader framework of challenges encountered and shared approaches to conserving modern architecture.

The Miller House and Garden
The Miller House and Garden (1957), the Columbus, Indiana, residence of J. Irwin Miller and Xenia S. Miller, is a remarkably well-preserved masterpiece of modern design. A collaboration by architect Eero Saarinen, interior designer Alexander Girard, and landscape architect Dan Kiley, the property is among the most important mid-century homes in America.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art acquired the property in 2009 and determined that it would open the property to the public as a preservation project in substantially the same condition and configuration as when it was received. To aid in forming strategies for ongoing maintenance and preservation, the IMA is fortunate to have extensive archival records of the property’s design, construction, and maintenance over many decades. In addition, some of the original construction contractors remain actively involved at the Miller House and Garden. Former employees constitute another source for information about the site. Using these historical resources in concert with its conservation department’s involvement and oversight, the IMA continues to develop its conservation and maintenance approach to the property and its collections. The IMA continues to develop strategies for conservation projects inside the house and the exterior based on the archives and other shareholders.

Presenters: Bradley Brooks, Director of Historic Resources and Tricia Gilson, Archives and Content Specialist

The Eames House, Case Study House No. 8
Built in 1949, the Eames House was the eighth in the Case Study House program initiated by John Entenza, editor of the influential Arts & architecture magazine, published between 1945 and 1966. The Eames House, designed by Charles and Ray Eames, was the first steel-framed, prefabricated project built for the Case Study House program which promoted new technologically advanced models for mass housing for which there was a huge demand in the immediate postwar years.
The Eames House Conservation Project, the first field project under the banner of Conserving Modern architecture Initiative at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) focuses on this iconic and hugely influential work of modern architecture. The GCI is working in partnership with the Eames Foundation, together with consultant architects and conservators, to assist the Foundation to develop a long-term conservation management plan that embodies a sustainable approach to the care and conservation of the site, house, and contents including a maintenance program. Development of a conservation management plan will bring together historical documentary and
oral evidence, physical analysis of the existing fabric, including knowledge on its performance, to inform a long-term strategy for the care and conservation of the house the valuable contents which are a testament to the Eames’s lifestyle and interest in design. A well-known tool internationally, the conservation management plan will provide a model for the conservation of similar buildings from this era by demonstrating how thoughtful conservation can be applicable to modern buildings.

Presenters: Kyle Normandin, Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute

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Tricia Gilson

Archives and Content Specialist, Indianapolis Museum of Art
I'm working on an NEH-funded project to digitize the Miller House and Garden Collection. To see learn more about the project go the project's Tumblr page: http://digitizingmillerhouseandgarden.tumblr.com/
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Kyle Normandin

Senior Project Specialist, Getty Conservation Institute

Friday May 31, 2013 10:30am - 12:00pm EDT
JW Marriott 103-104 19 S West St Indianapolis, IN 46204

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