Buildings, Miscellaneous, Monuments, News, People

Russell V. Keune, FAIA 1938-2015

Russell and Ingrid Keune in
Russell and Ingrid Keune in 2011 at the SBCS Washington DC convention.

Russell V. Keune, F.A.I.A., of Arlington, Virginia died at home on December third at age 77. He is survived by Ingrid Christina Keune to whom he was married for 47 years, their son Eric who lives in Chicago, Illinois with wife Kubinne Kim and their son Alexander. A graduate of the University of Illinois with both Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Architecture, he worked for the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the U.S. Committee on Monuments and Sites for the U.N., and the American Institute of Architects as the Director of International Affairs. His work led him to pursue a lifelong love of collecting miniature buildings, amassing a collection of more than 800; along with two antique Packard automobiles which were an ongoing source of engagement.

Family and Friends will gather to celebrate his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers contributions should be made to the National Building Museum in the name of Russell V. Keune memorial fund.

A treasured member of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society, Russell’s own recollection of his journey in life can be read at the following website:

Buildings, Miscellaneous, People

Hugh Connolly (1958 – 2014) Architect and Long-time Member of SBCS

Hugh Connolly, enthusiastic collector of  souvenir buildings, member of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society, an architect who became an early proponent of LEED or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, will be greatly missed at SBCS Convention time for many years to come. At Show and Tell in Charlottesville, VA (2008) Hugh shared his love for Liquor Decanter buildings and inspired others to collect them as well.    Click here to view Hugh Connolly’s Tribute in the Trenton, NJ Times


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Patricia Scherf-Smith (1930 – 2014) Early Member and SBCS Contributor

Photo of Pat Smith and miniature buildings 1996
Pat Smith with her collection of houses and buildings. Souvenir Building Collector, Journal Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring-Summer 1996.

Patricia Scherf-Smith, avid collector and documenter of miniature buildings, was an early member of the Souvenir Building Collectors Society and a frequent contributor to the Souvenir Building Collector Journal. She wrote about hunting souvenir buildings in the Middle East, at Estate Sales, on the Internet, and in catalogs. Click here to read about her 2001 adventures collecting souvenir buildings in the Middle East. A frequent attendee at the SBCS Annual Conventions, she shared her enthusiasm and interests with all. Tributes to Pat can be found at Mason City Glove Gazette and The Building Collector.