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.