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Chalk Hill Gallery Show: Trailer for H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, 1951

March 14, 2020

A special exhibition from the Warnecke Archives showcases a design for a trailer for H.R.H. the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, 1951. The exhibition includes original project designs, autobiographical excerpts, design descriptions, photos, floor plans, and job records.


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Show opens Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 1 - 4 pm

@ Chalk Hill Artist Residency

The Insanity of a State Sanctioned Style for Architecture

February 18, 2020

Earlier this week Architectural Record published a new memo calling for a redraft of the federal order “Guiding Principles for Federal Architecture,” first issued in 1962. According to Record, the new order would ensure that “the classical architectural style shall be the preferred and default style” for new and upgraded federal buildings. There would be a new “President’s Committee for the Re-Beautification of Federal Architecture.”

Lecture: John Carl Warnecke, In the Shadow of the Eternal Flame

February 12, 2020

John Carl Warnecke (1919 -­ 2010) designed one the most visited American Presidential monuments, John F. Kennedy’s Eternal Flame in Arlington National Cemetery. Given our cultural fascination with the Kennedy clan, how is it that the architect selected to honor Kennedy’s memory is himself not more prevalent in our architectural memory? Was his contextualism overshadowed by contemporary interest in the singular, isolated structures of the Modern Movement? Were his designs, in retrospect, not as contextual as they were touted to be? Or did Warnecke, like his projects, blend in, rather than stand out among his peers?

Tuesday, March 24 | 6 - 8 PM​ 

SF Center for Architecture & Design

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