What is DOCOMOMO?

DOCOMOMO is the international organization for the DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings and sites MOdern MOvement.  Founded in 1990 in the Netherlands, DOCOMOMO has active working parties in 45 countries. Docomomo US/Chicago is the regional chapter of Docomomo US, serving the greater Chicago area.

our mission

Our mission is to increase the awareness of regional Modern Movement resources through education, documentation, conservation, and advocacy.  Our scope includes Modern buildings, structures, sites, and allied arts realized during the 20th Century.  We partner with other local, state, regional, and national preservation and conservation organizations and with governmental agencies to enhance public and professional appreciation and education about our Modern built and cultural heritage.

  Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) Fazlur Rahman Kahn for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill,   1973

Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower)
Fazlur Rahman Kahn for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, 
1973

  330 N. Wabash (formerly IBM Building)  Mies van der Rohe, 1973

330 N. Wabash (formerly IBM Building) 
Mies van der Rohe, 1973

Docomomo US was founded in 1995 at the first Preserving the Recent Past Conference in Chicago. As the official working party for the United States, it sets policy, provides support to its regional chapters, and maintains an online register of 20th Century structures and sites in the US.

As a regional chapter, Docomomo Chicago's membership encompasses the Chicago metropolitan area, including neighboring counties in Wisconsin and Indiana and the greater state of Illinois. We sponsor lectures, host tours, and publish an e-newsletter to increase the awareness of the Modern buildings and sites in our city and its surrounding communities.


Top banner: S. R. Crown Hall, Mies van der Rohe, 1950-56