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JetModern: An On-the-Ground Survey of Who is Doing What to Save American Modern Architecture (2010) 

12-07-2016 18:27

In 2009, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Modernism + Recent Past Program and using the 30-day "All You Can Jet" pass from JetBlue, Seth Tinkham, a self-employed grant writer and preservation planner from Alexandria, Virginia, used the airline's sell-out promotion and its social media momentum to explore preservation efforts of American modern architecture.  Within 30 days he visited New York City, New Canaan (CT), Boston, Portland (ME), Chicago, Houston, Salt Lake City, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and Orlando.  He wandered neighborhoods with non-profit leaders, interviewed city officials and chatted with residents and homeowners. These interviews and conversations helped identify both immediate threats to modern buildings and successful policies and programs being used to protect and restore well-known icons and the everyday.

Read about JetModern's major findings, discoveries, and key tips and tools for local governments and preservation groups interested in Modern and recent past preservation.


Author(s):Seth Tinkham, Emily Koller
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