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The Challenge of Defining Modernism

by Alan Higgins, Director of Architectural and Cultural History While it has been widely noted that systematic categorization of architecture from the post-war period defies the intent of much of this era’s design, the current framework of professional cultural resource work

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The Recent Past’s Greatest Challenge: Public and Professional Outreach

by Alan Higgins, Director of Architectural and Cultural History Over the last several years, I’ve been fortunate to have many opportunities to present on architecture of the Modern era and the Recent Past at local, regional, and national conferences, workshops, and other

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Exploring Modernism in Philadelphia’s Suburbs

by Alan Higgins, Director of Architectural and Cultural History Just before coming to CRA, I wrapped up a project that examined the post-war era in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, a suburban community with roots dating to the earliest years of our

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Unnoticed Modern: The Midcentury Architecture of Evansville, Indiana

by Alan Higgins, Director of Architectural and Cultural History Over the last year, I have been spearheading a study to document the midcentury architecture of Evansville, Indiana, a regional center on the Ohio River that, like many communities, witnessed numerous

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Addressing the Next Generation of Historic Resources – Modern + Recent Past Architecture

The task of architectural documentation and assessment is the product of an ever-evolving field that, with the passage of time, must constantly take new periods and types of resources into consideration. Even now, resources from the Modern era have largely

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