SHREVEPORT – The Wiener Architecture Interactive Map website – the first online collection of the world-renowned work of Shreveport architects Samuel G. and William B. Wiener – goes live this May 19.
The site was created by the Rational Middle Foundation as a companion piece to the 2020 documentary, “Unexpected Modernism: The Wiener Brothers Story,” and was funded in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, US Department of the Interior, through the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s Office of Cultural Development’s Division of Historic Preservation.
The Interactive Map brings together a free and easily accessible collection of archival materials, including blueprints, photographs and narratives, for seventeen of the most significant Wiener structures still standing in Shreveport and Bossier City. In addition, the website also provides three self-guided driving tours to provide modernist architecture buffs the opportunity to view the properties in person and to encourage architectural tourism for the area.
“I’m so proud of the team that has put this incredible interactive map together,” said Gregory Kallenberg, founder and director of Rational Middle Media. “Our hope is that this site and the film will be a beacon, drawing architecture tourists from all over the world to come and view the Wiener brothers’ incredible work.”
To celebrate the Map’s launch, Rational Middle Media will host two screenings of their 2020 documentary, “Unexpected Modernism” on May 19 at the Robinson Film Center in downtown Shreveport. The locally produced film, which won a 2021 Telly Gold Award for Documentary, tells the story of Jewish architects Sam and Bill Wiener, half-brothers from Shreveport, whose modernist designs of residential, institutional, and commercial buildings from the 1930s through the 1960s made Shreveport an early hub of International Modernist design in the United States. Many of the buildings seen in the film will also be featured on the Map.
The film will screen at 6:00pm and again at 8:00pm, with a panel discussion directly following the 6:00pm screening. The panel will feature Dr. Guy Carwile (Ken Hollis Endowed Professor of Liberal Arts in the School of Design at Louisiana Tech University), Chris Coe (Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and President of COE Architecture), and LeVette Fuller (Shreveport City Council Member). Tickets for both screenings can be purchased at http://robinsonfilmcenter.org/#/unexpected-modernism/
To further celebrate the launch of the website, the American Institute of Architects Shreveport Chapter will host a barbecue and walking tour of Longleaf Road in the Pine Park Subdivision, an area where the Wieners’ mark is particularly prominent. The tour will happen on Saturday, May 21. Those interested can purchase tickets via Eventbrite.com. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wiener-brothers-pine-park-walking-tour-tickets-324085056127