OHNY proudly presents the 2nd Annual Modern Architecture & Design Scavenger Hunt on February 9, 2013. Registration is now open. Get a team together and sign up today! You can register here. Each hunter is $30. Prizes furnished by Room & Board, The Glass House, and others!

Below is a brief recap of our hunt from 2012.

Thank you to everybody who participated in OHNY’s and Docomomo US’s Modern Architecture and Design Scavenger Hunt. The event was a great sucesss! Over 25 teams came out on February 11th. Although it snowed in the morning, the weather cleared up, proving to be a great day for hunting. The clues sent the teams all over Manhattan in search of modern buildings like Mies van der Rohe’s Seagram Building and Roche and Dinkeloo’s Ford Foundation Building. Some teams even traveled to Queens to see Philip Johnson’s New York State Pavilion built for the 1964-65 World’s Fair.


Starting in the morning…

The day started off at Room & Board in Soho. Once those doors opened at 11am, eager hunters rushed in to collect their clue packets.


Docomomo US intern Francine and OHNY volunteer Bob Moore check in teams and distribute the clue packets.


And so the hunt began!


Scavenger hunters at Room & Board


Once they received their Room & Board tote bags filled with maps and clues, teams began to solve the clues and strategize their plan of attack! The clue packets remained a secret until the day of the event, leveling the playing field and making everyone think on their feet. Being their own detectives, teams used AIA guides, maps, smart phones, iPads, etc. to figure out the building in question and how to get there.


Room & Board bags with the clue packets waiting to be distributed to the teams


Clue packet for the Scavenger Hunt


Teams opened up the packets and delved into the clues. Most teams stayed for about an hour at Room & Board, deciphering the clues and plotting their route.


Team Mayer consulting smart phones and the AIA Guide


Team Les Dames having a crack at the clues inside Room & Board


But before they set off, teams made sure to find the clues hidden at Room & Board. Worth 20 points if all 4 were collected!


One of the four Room & Board clues on the Saarinen inspired table


Team Mies van der Hoes taking a picture with the Saarinen clue


Team Lou & The Ladies with the Wegner shell chair, Clue #3 at Room & Board.


After the opening event Room & Board, the teams left us to find the clues.



While they were out…


Trevor's Fan in front of Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center


Team Fury at the Ford Foundation Building


Team 2 in front of Philip Johnson's New York State Pavilion in Queens


Mid-mod Squad in front of Noguchi's Sunken Garden at Chase Manhattan Bank Plaza


Lou & the Ladies in front of the Whitney


The Electric Lemons at the Lever House courtyard


The Whiskey Thieves inside Philip Johnson's Bobst Library


LC-Star at the Guggenheim


The Mies van der Hoes in front of I.M. Pei's Silver Towers



Later that day…

We met up with the teams again later that day at Spring Natural Kitchen for the closing event. After a long day of racing around the city taking pictures, the teams congregated at Spring Natural Kitchen to cross the invisible finish line and share their experiences collecting clues with their competition.



What a nice closing event to round out a great day exploring New York City’s urban landscape!




Some of our personal favorites from the teams’ submissions…



Team Fury, The Electric Lemons, Team Volterra, and The Whiskey Thieves sporting Le Corbusier inspired glasses for Fun Clue # 6




Our favorite photo of Challenging Clue #4, Asphalt Green designed by Kahn & Jacobs in 1944, was of Team Love in the Time of Colarin.



Trevor the dog made an appearance with Team Trevor’s Fans and a Lego model of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, winning 3 points for Fun Cue #4.



Thanks again to everyone who came out for the Scavenger Hunt! We had a great time, and so did the teams. Congratulations again to Wino Beach Mob, LC Star, the Mies van der Hoes, and Team 2 for being the winning teams! We look forward to hosting another scavenger hunt soon.

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