By DavidHartwell (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
By DavidHartwell (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell Wednesday designated 24 new National Historic Landmarks, including Neutra VDL Studio and Residences in Silver Lake.

Architect Richard Neutra is internationally recognized figure in the 20th Century Modern architecture movement, dating back to the 1930s.

“During the 1940s, as Neutra’s work evolved, he also became the well- recognized founder of  mid-century `California Modern’ architecture,” according to the Interior Department. “The VDL Research House is the only property where one can see the progression of his style over a period of years and is among the key properties to understanding the national significance of Richard Neutra.”

Among the other new landmarks are:

— Chicano Park in San Diego, site of Latino community protests in 1970 that halted construction of a California Highway Patrol office on Barrio Logan property that the city had promised to use as parkland;

— the former Jackson, Mississippi, home of slain civil rights advocate Medgar Evers;

— the site where four Kent State students were fatally shot during a 1970 protest by members of the Ohio National Guard;

— Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission Chapel in San Jose, a key site in the Mexican American civil rights movement.

“These 24 new designations depict different threads of the American story that have been told through activism, architecture, music, and religious observance,” Jewell said. “Their designation ensures future generations have the ability to learn from the past as we preserve and protect the historic value of these properties and the more than 2,500 other landmarks nationwide.”

According to the Interior Department, the landmarks program recognizes “historic properties of exceptional value to the nation” and promotes the preservation efforts of federal, state and local agencies and Native American tribes, as well as those of private organizations and individuals.

—City News Service

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