ICONIC HOUSES is the international network connecting architecturally significant houses and artists’ homes and studios from the 20th century that are open to the public as house museum. The platform also focuses on conservation, management, policy and cooperation. The Iconic Houses Foundation is registered as a Public Benefit Organization (ANBI) at the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.
The Iconic Houses Network
20th century architect's houses and modern house museums form a unique category of sites open to the public. Whereas the buildings are located all around the world the professional issues that concern running the sites are more or less the same. Research initiatives and co-operation with universities and expert teams, restoration issues at large, audience development, caring of the collections and display strategies as well as temporary exhibitions programs represent some of the issues of mutual interest.
In 2012 a group of modern house museums started the Iconic Houses network.
The aim of the network is to provide a platform for professional discussion: to share not only the best practices but also encourage each other to develop new activities. We have lots of potential together. The first step is this website with 150 Iconic Houses that are open to the public.
The Iconic Houses Network brings professionals and sites together from all the corners of the world. This professional forum encourages sharing information and best practices as well as creating new and fruitful partnerships between organisations small and large.
The Iconic Houses Foundation is registered as a Public Benefit Organization (ANBI) at the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration. You can support our activities in a tax-efficient way.
Dutch donors can download in this link below the form Periodieke Gift in order to claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by Dutch tax law for their contributions.
U.S.-based donors can also support our activities in a tax-efficient way through a contribution to the American Friends of Iconic Houses at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). Because KBFUS is a 501c3 public charity, donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by US law.
Any support is greatly appreciated!
Iconic Houses Foundation
Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce Registration number: 55671284
Pieterskerkhof 8, 3512 JR Utrechts, The Netherlands
+31 6 22 69 07 11, www.iconichouses.org
info [at] iconichouses [dot] org
Iconic Houses Foundation
Natascha Drabbe M.A., Founder
Executive Director Mart van Schijndel Foundation
Photo: Aad van Vliet
The network is managed by the Iconic Houses Foundation.
The International Advisory Board of the Foundation includes:
Iveta Černá, Director Villa Tugendhat, Brno, Czech Republic
Katya Degrieck, Head of Large Partnerships, Northern Europe at Google, Belgium
Janice Lyle, Director Sunnylands Center & Gardens, Rancho Mirage, CA, USA
Lynda S. Waggoner, Director Emerita of Fallingwater, Mill Run, PA, USA
We want to thank our ambassadors:
Jean-Louis Cohen Professor, Architecture Theoretician (France/USA).
Kenneth Frampton Architect, critic, historian and the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University New York (USA).
Wessel de Jonge, Co-founder of DOCOMOMO international (Netherlands).
Mateo Kries, director Vitra Design Museum (Germany).
Glen Murcutt, Architect, 2002 Pritzker Architecture Prize Winner (Australia).
Raymond Neutra, President of the Neutra Institute for Survival Through Design (USA).
Criteria to be included on the website:
1. The house must be recognized for its significance in the development of modern architecture of the 20th century.
2. The house must be designed by an architect who played an influential role in the development of 20th century architecture as demonstrated through scholarly publications.
3. The house must be in its original condition or restored to its original state. The house may not be significantly renovated or expanded in a way that negatively impacts the architects’ original vision.
4. The house must be available for public visitation either through regular hours of operation or by appointment. Information regarding hours of operation and any restrictions such as exterior viewing only, must be published on a wesbite along with physical address and contact information including email address and telephone number.
If the house meets these criteria, the organization running the house can participate in the Iconic Houses Network in different membership levels. This explains why some houses are presented more extensively than others.
The foundation's objective is:
promoting the preservation and cultural heritage of modern house museums, architects’ houses and artists' homes and studios, collectively referred to as 'ICONIC HOUSES'.
The foundation seeks to achieve these goals by:
1. maintaining a network of owners or directors of Iconic Houses;
2. bringing Iconic Houses to the attention of the general public with every available communication tool;
3. advancing knowledge about maintaining Iconic Houses and about preventing mutilation and demolition;
4. identifying, creating and maintaining documentation of Iconic Houses;
5. organizing conferences;
6. raising funds for projects that aim to support the Iconic Houses' mission, and projects that can help achieve its mission;
7. moreover, everything that can directly or indirectly relate to or assist the mission, in the broadest sense of the word.
Meet the Volunteers
Emily Wijns is a collection care specialist with a love for modern architecture, interior design and preserving heritage. She is responsible for the care and conservation of Huis Sonneveld in Rotterdam. Emily assists with Iconic Houses’ marketing and social media.
Holger de Kat is an architect with a strong background and interest in preserving our built heritage. He is active to include house museums from Russia in the Iconic Houses network.
Klaas-Jan Visser is a tax specialist assisting Iconic Houses with streamlining our international fundraising efforts, notably ensuring that local donors can where possible access local tax facilities.