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February 18, 2015
ADSW Welcomes
New & Renewing Members

The following recently joined or renewed their ADSW membership:

Bruce Carlson
Calvin Corell
Mary Page
Kay Oshel
Debbie Chalfie & Crindi Loschinkohl

If you recently joined or renewed and I left you off the list, please let me know and accept my apologies. New and renewing members will continue to be recognized in future issues of Streamlines.

 

Lefever and Trubenbacher Join Board

David Lefever and Kim Trubenbacher were elected to the ADSW Board of Directors at the January meeting. Both are already hard at work. David is working to define a role for interns--both high school and college age -- so that ADSW can take advantage of interns periodically available from both high schools and colleges. Kim is working to help "populate" our new website. We have big things planned for both.

Expo Discontinued


After suffering losses in two of the last three years, the ADSW Board decided at its January meeting to discontinue the Expo. There were too few dealers, too few customers, and too few volunteers to justify keeping the show going.

The Board also decided to terminate ADSW's participation in the June Northern Virginia Antiques & Modernism Show. Although the show was marginally profitable for ADSW, a continuing dispute between the show promoter and the facility manager could have placed ADSW at considerable risk. Other problems, such as lack of a food service vendor, also contributed to the decision.

While there will be no Expo in 2015, we are working on an option to bring a new Modernism show to Washington in 2016. Several locations are under consideration, including sites within Washington, DC. Discussions are being held with a professional show manager.

Stay tuned.
 

Support the Sedgwick Gardens
Landmark Designation 

 

 

This fall the Art Deco Society and the Cleveland Park Historical Society submitted a landmark designation for Sedgwick Gardens. Please consider a donation to the Art Deco Society to help offset the cost of the nomination, which involved extensive research as well as written and photographic documentation. Donations are tax-deductible.


 

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 $25                $50              $100              $200
Bus Tour of
Baltimore's Art Deco Architecture
March 29, 2015
Only 5 Seats Remain!

Join Baltimore Decophile Kara Brown and ADSW's Preservation Chair Linda Lyons in an exploration of Charm City's impressive Art Deco architecture. The first stop on the tour will be at the surprising Catonsville Water Tank. 

Following this discovery, we will proceed to downtown Baltimore to have a good look at a variety of commercial buildings, including the former Hutzler's department store, that exist today in a great variety of conditions. Of particular interest will be the former Baltimore Trust Company Building which is currently under redevelopment as a residential project called 10 Light Street and is considered by many to be Baltimore's finest Art Deco building. Take a Youtube tour of the Baltimore Trust building's exterior. Unfortunately, the interior is under construction and we will have to wait until a future date to tour the Hildreth Meiere mosaics.

During lunch at Werner's restaurant we will be able to admire the perfectly preserved interior. We will also benefit from remarks presented by Melissa Blair, coauthor of Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities

The tour will proceed north on Charles Street, noting again a variety of commercial buildings, heading toward interior tours of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen

 and the renowned Senator Theater. 

We will also see a selection of residential buildings before returning south to visit the popular Club Charles bar known for its Art Deco murals saved from a movie theater and regular visitors such as John Waters and Barry Levinson. As part of the tour package, you will receive a building list with background information and suggestions for further reading and exploring, water and snacks on the bus, and lunch at Werner's. Drinks at Club Charles will be on your own. Don't miss this opportunity to ride with your fellow Decophiles on a never-to-be-forgotten adventure. If you are not a member of ADSW, consider joining to save on this tour!

SAVE THE DATE--April 26, 2015
"Social Dance in the Jazz Age"
Walter Nelson, a member of the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles will give an illustrated lecture on "Social Dance in the Jazz Age" on Sunday, April 26th using films of the era to illustrate. A brief dance lesson on the Foxtrot will follow. 

Tentative plans are to hold the event in the historic B & O Train Station & Museum in Silver Spring, Maryland at 4 PM. Refreshments will be served and a cocktail party will follow at a member's home (restricted to ADSW members). 

Additional details and registration will follow using Eventspot, the Constant Contact service used for the Baltimore tour.

Art Deco Pittsburgh
Coming Fall 2015


(Actual tour bus may differ)
ADSW is exploring the possibility of a tour of Art Deco Pittsburgh in the Spring of 2015. Among the sites under consideration are the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fallingwater and Kentuck Knob, the Joseph Urban-designed Room at the Omni William Penn Hotel, The Twentieth Century Club Ballroom, the Richard Meier-designed Giovanitti House, the Walter Gropius- and Marcel Breuer-designed Frank House, and numerous buildings in downtown.
 
We are in the early planning stages and would welcome input, both in expressions of interest, suggestions of sites to see, and in terms of travel options. We are also pursuing options to expand the program to include other Art Deco societies such as the Art Deco Society of New York, the Art Deco Society of Virginia, and the Chicago Art Deco Society. 
 
Send your thoughts to Jim Linz. We are also looking for volunteers to help plan and coordinate the trip. 
 
New Website Successfully Launched
Last August, Steve Knight and Isabelle Yerger assumed responsibility for overseeing work on the new ADSW website, working with the web design firm Stratecomm to get the project back on track. 

The preliminary results of their efforts were revealed at the December Expo and, after some additional tweaks, the site was launched February 9th. What you will see when you visit the new site, however, is not the finished product. It is the framework on which the site will be built. 

With additional help from Kim Trubenbacher, Steve and Isabelle will be working in the coming weeks to add content to the site. For example, past issues of Trans-Lux and many individual articles will be added to the website. Similarly, the Deco Living section will be expanded and the Preservation section updated. 

Many thanks to Steve and Isabelle for their efforts.

Cheers,

 

Jim Linz

Art Deco Society of Washington

 

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