Event: Modern Architecture Symposium

Kathy Schwartz

It's a prized time for fans of modernism, with four days celebrating the philanthropy of former Cincinnatian Emily Rauh Pulitzer. The Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA) sponsors a modern architecture symposium Wednesday and Thursday at Pulitzer's childhood home in Woodlawn.

The St. Louis arts patron and widow of newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer Jr. bought the vacant and deteriorating white cinder block house in 2010 to save it from demolition, then donated the 1938 International Style home designed by architect John Becker to the CPA for a two-year restoration.

The symposium, which includes visits to two area Frank Lloyd Wright homes, concludes with a lecture at Union Terminal by Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Goldberger.

Friday night, the Cincinnati Art Museum honors Pulitzer, a onetime CAM intern who went on to curatorial roles at Harvard's Fogg Museum and the St. Louis Art Museum, with the third Cincinnati Art Award (gala details: cincinnatiartmuseum.org). Memories: Some Favorite Objects, An Exhibition Selected by Emily Rauh Pulitzer opens the same day at the CAM and continues through Aug. 11.

The final event is 1-5 p.m. Saturday, when the CPA shows off the Rauh House during its Spring House Tour, before the home goes on the market.

$30 tour; $35 lecture; $125 symposium; $140 symposium plus lecture. Rauh House, 10068 Leacrest Road, Woodlawn, 513-721-4506, cincinnatipreservation.org.

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