Save the Date: Metro Lecture by Zachary Schrag


Join Docomomo DC on April 3 for 'An Example for the Nation': Modernism and Classicism in the Washington Metro, a lecture by Zachary Schrag, author of The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro.

Where: West End Library (new!), 2301 L Street NW MAP

When: April 3 from 6:30pm to 8pm

After: Drinks at the Westend Bistro, 1150 22nd St NW MAP

In 2014, the American Institute of Architects bestowed its Twenty-Five Year Award on the stations of the Washington Metro, noting that the "original Metro stations have become icons of Washington architecture," and that "they are quintessentially modern while maintaining a certain grandeur befitting the nation's capital." In his lecture, Zachary Schrag will explore how architect Harry Weese; his client, the National Capital Transportation Agency; and the Commission of Fine Arts integrated modernist values and Washington's classical traditions to create a design that won admiration at the time and remains inspiring half a century later.

Zachary M. Schrag is a professor of history at George Mason University. He is the author of The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006), and Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). He is now working on a third book, an examination of the Philadelphia nativist riots of 1844.

Introducing Mr. Schrag will be William B. Gallagher, Jr., who is a founding principal of KGP Design Studio, and whose first job out of architecture school was an eight-year stint working with Harry Weese & Associates on the D.C. Metro. His firm's portfolio includes extensive interaction with Metro, including renovations to the Union Station concourse as well as entrances and canopies for several existing Metro stations. Gallagher also presented a lecture honoring Metro for its AIA 25-Year Award.

RSVP on our facebook event page or email docomomo.dc@gmail.com - Libations to follow at the Westend Bistro.

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