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ABOUT Docomomo DC

Docomomo DC is dedicated to increasing public awareness, appreciation and protection of Modern architecture, landscapes, neighborhoods and sites in Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas in Maryland and Virginia. Through education, public programs, documentation and advocacy, Docomomo DC works to ensure that the rich legacy of the Modern Movement in the greater Washington, D.C., area is preserved for future generations. The chapter partners with local and regional organizations, universities, and governmental entities to advance its mission.

Docomomo (pronounced doh-ko- mo-mo) stands for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement. It is a national and international organization that promotes the study, interpretation, and protection of modern architecture, landscape, and urban design.


Docomomo International was founded in 1988 in The Netherlands and now has chapters in 69 countries. Docomomo US was founded in 1995 and is the working party of Docomomo in the United States. It is a non-profit organization, comprised of enthusiasts, historians, architects, designers, students, and preservationists. Docomomo US serves those interested in design, architecture, urbanism, landscape, and history through conferences, lectures, and walking tours and organizes advocacy efforts to protect endangered sites and buildings.


Docomomo is committed to the principle that modern design merits the attention and preservation received by earlier periods. To that end, we maintain a continuous and constructive dialogue with national, state, and local preservation authorities and organizations as well as with building owners, developers, and designers in many disciplines. Our discussions with designing architects are based on the conviction that creative design and preservation go hand in hand.

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