Heritage Lecture: The Modernist Architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener

Join us on Thursday, January 12 as we kick of the 2017 Heritage Lecture series with a lecture and book signing. Renowned author Guy W. Carwile will discuss the recent publication The Modernist Architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener (LSU Press, 2016).

The Modernist Architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener illuminates an internationally significant yet little-known architectural legacy of Louisiana. In 1933, William B. Wiener collaborated with his half-brother Samuel G. Wiener to design a weekend home for his family on the shore of Cross Lake, just outside Shreveport, Louisiana. A year later the house appeared in the pages of Architectural Forum, the leading architectural journal of its day, as a foremost example of the new modernist style yet to take hold in the United States. The featured home would mark the first in a series of buildings-residential, commercial, and institutional-designed by Samuel (1896-1977) and William (1907-1981) that incorporated the forms and materials found in the new architecture of Europe, later known as the International Style.

These buildings composed one of the largest and earliest clusters of modernist buildings by American-born architects and placed the unexpected area of northern Louisiana in the forefront of architectural innovation in the mid-twentieth century.

Carwile will examine the work of the Wiener brothers from the 1920s through the 1960s, detailing the evolutionary process of their designs and exploring why modern architecture appeared so early in this southern city.

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