Guest Posts, Notable People & Places / 22.03.2012

This is a guest post by Aaron. Art fans will focus Thursday night on the outer walls of the Hirshhorn Museum.  Eleven video projectors will paint the Smithsonian's modern and contemporary ring with 360 degrees of a looping film called, "SONG 1."  The Hirshhorn's exterior will become exhibition space as artist Doug Aitken transforms the circumference into an inside-out movie screen.  Just for a few weeks. It all sounds very cool.  But this is a blog about the past.  And there are some fascinating stories about the Hirshhorn's prime spot on the Mall.  The New York Times used their editorial page for a scathing architecture review in 1974.  And did you know that an entirely different museum stood at the same location until 1968?

Faces & Places of Yesterday / 08.02.2012

Dulles International Airport is one of only two federally owned airports in the country (National Airport being the other). Some find it to be an ugly monstrosity. Others find it to be an architectural masterpiece --  I am firmly in this camp -- however, many functionality compromises were made in the name of aesthetics. Eero Saarinen, the notable Finnish architect, known for his sweeping designs, was responsible for the design, but unfortunately died a year before John F. Kennedy presided over the opening on November 17th, 1962. Saarinen was an architectural badass (call him the Sprinkle of architects), designing the TWA terminal at JFK and the St. Louis Arch. Maybe you're familiar with these? So, my post last week about Concorde's first arrival at Dulles (and first in the U.S.) piqued my interest in digging up some archival footage of the airport. The footage I found is archival film of  Dulles Airport that I came across while trolling YouTube. It was a professionally produced  marketing film from 1962, the year Dulles opened. The music is awesome and so 60s. I feel like the Pink Panther will show up at any minute.