Historic Building Preservation Studio: Relocating Matsumoto's House
ARCH 574 | Fall 2013
Associate Professor Paul Kapp
In 2000, a significant number of mid-‐century buildings, designed in the International Style, became eligible for listing onto the National Register of Historic Places. Mid-‐century modernism poses numerous challenges in historic preservation— material decay, systems obsolescence, and energy inefficiency—readily come to mind. But how does a 21st century architect add onto and update a masterpiece from the second half of the 20th century? What form should an addition take on such a modern landmark? What is the contemporary stamp on a contemporary building?
In the Fall 2013 Historic Preservation Studio, we will be designing a renovation and adding onto the George Matsumoto House after it has been relocated from Raleigh, NC to Urbana, IL. Matsumoto, a noted modernist architect, designed and built this house for he and his wife in 1954. The studio will investigate precedents and construction techniques used by Matsumoto and how he employed them in the construction of his house. The primary objective of this studio is how to design an appropriate contemporary stamp for an addition to the Matsumoto House.