Last week I caught up on my online Metropolis Magazine articles and found this striking image of Steven Holl’s University of Iowa Art Building under water. While it will surely be saved, it won’t be without significant reconstruction. Though, many other treasures of modernism in Iowa, like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Alvin Miller House, may suffer a worse fate.
All this raises a very interesting question for me which I have no answer to. Is exceptional design, such as Peavey or the Miller House, reason enough for preservation? After all, the real point of preserving buildings is so the knowledge they embody isn’t forgotten. That hardly seems dependent on a building’s age.