mid tex mod, the central texas chapter of Docomomo US, brings people together to celebrate a shared love of mid-20th century design. through advocacy, events, and education, we work to preserve modern movement buildings, neighborhoods, and landscapes for generations to come.

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Docomomo US Tour Day 2019: Norcell Haywood, The Community Architect


Mid Tex Mod is reluctantly postponing this event due to unforeseen circumstances. We look forward to celebrating Norcell Haywood's legacy on another date soon. Please stay tuned, and email info@midtexmod.org for questions.

Mid Tex Mod is thrilled to bring together the San Antonio African American Community Archive & Museum (SAAACAM), Second Baptist Church, San Antonio, San Antonio Public Library's Carver Branch Library, and Modern enthusiasts to celebrate the work of the first licensed black architect in San Antonio, Norcell Haywood.

Haywood championed the community architect concept and believed minority architects "should be able to beneficially serve their profession and community at the same time without having to serve one at the expense of the other."

The day will begin at Second Baptist Church, 3310 E Commerce St, where participants will hear from panelists representing SAAACAM, SAPL's Carver Branch, and Second Baptist. Attendees will then be free to tour Haywood's Second Baptist Church (1968) and Carver Branch Library (1973), located next door at 3350 E Commerce St.

SHARE YOUR STORY! Volunteers will be at the Carver Branch after the panel to capture your stories about Haywood and his spaces to include in the SAAACAM community archive.

This event is part of the nationwide Docomomo US Tour Day, an annual celebration of modern architecture and design where the public and like-minded organizations across the country participate in a tour or event on the second Saturday and throughout the month of October. This year's thematic focus, the Diversity of Modernism, reflects the efforts of Docomomo US and its chapters to raise awareness of sites designed by minority and female architects, landscape architects, designers, and engineers, and of the designers themselves.

Mid Tex Mod is honored to have the support of SAAACAM, San Antonio's Second Baptist Church, SAPL's Carver Branch, the San Antonio Conservation Society, and the City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation.