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Docomomo Tour Day: Modern Architecture in Havre de Grace, Maryland
October 10, 2015 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
In celebration of Docomomo Tour Day on Saturday October 10, peek inside the modernist projects of architect Poldi Hirsch in Havre de Grace. Poldi Hirsch was the first woman corporate member of the AIABaltimore Chapter and is featured the Early Women of Architecture in Maryland travelling exhibit, which is currently on display in the AIABaltimore Gallery through October. 8-10 of her projects will be featured, 4 with a rare glimpse inside.
Poldi’s architectural training was heavily influenced by Le Corbusier with a strong commitment to “design of the time” – something quite unusual for this small traditional town at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. Poldi undertook the design, financing, and construction of numerous projects, reflecting her core belief that buildings should be “built well and organized.” By the mid-1960s, her projects included residential duplexes; larger apartment complexes; office buildings; and private homes. Today, there are over 24 modern structures in Harford County as a testament to her professional perseverance.
The tour will kick off with a reception and talk given by her daughters and the exhibit curator at the residence Poldi lovingly created for her family—a tour de force of architectural design. It embodies her vision for collective living: kitchen at the heart, open plan for open communication, warm inviting social areas to collect, natural light flooding room to room, and a strong interior/exterior connection. Several other residences of her design are withinin walking distance. Participants will travel via their own vehicles to the other sites.
This tour is organized by the Women in Architecture and the Historic Resources Committees of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation.
This tour is held in conjunction with Docomomo Tour Day. Docomomo stands for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites and neighborhoods of the modern movement. Now in its 8th year, the Tour Day is Docomomo US’ annual national event that works to raise the awareness of and appreciation for buildings, interiors and landscapes designed in the United States during the mid-20th century: http://docomomo-us.org/tourday
Once you register for the tour, we will send the location of the first meeting place.
Image Credit: Private Residence by Poldi Hirsch; Photographed in 1973 by William L Klender (Reprinted with permission of The Baltimore Sun, All Rights Reserved)