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The walking tour was a hoot. I’d been sitting in the little theater where the 40 odd people were gathering for all of a few minutes when I overheard a woman say “did you know one of Bill Morgan’s houses is on the market…for a steal!” Ack, my house! For the rest of the three hour tour (which now that I think of it did smack a bit of Gilligan’s Island) I listened and learned about William Morgan’s work but also stole moments to talk to the woman who was telling perfect strangers to buy our house. Ends up she is the president of the local AIA, knows William Morgan, and offered to introduce us. What a delight to meet her!

I called Tamara. We had planned to engage her for our structural work anyway in this imaginary project, and here she already had knowledge of the house! She stopped by a few evenings later to talk with us about the house, a budget, and provide names of possible contractors who would be right for this unique project. She also mentioned the word “docomomo,” which I’d never heard before.

The next day my business partner called to ask the name of the architect. When I responded “William Morgan,” she told me she saw an article about him in that morning’s paper. That afternoon, our next door neighbor stopped over with a copy of the article, which said the local AIA (American Institute of Architects) had organized a walking tour of William Morgan public sites. Then I went online to research DOCOMOMO (an organization that promotes documentation and conservation of buildings reflecting the Modern Movement) and discovered that the William Morgan tour was in recognition of Docomomo’s annual day in October to highlight and celebrate modern architecture. Really, c’mon, do we need to be hit over the head?