Inside Iconic Houses Tours are back! Isokon Building 18 November

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Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

New Chairman Architect Nanne de Ru on The Perfect Platform

Health and Home - Interview with Beatriz Colomina

A Life Less Ordinary – Interview with Valentijn Carbo

Invisible Women - Interview with Alice T. Friedman

Winy Maas on the Green Dip

Anita Blom on Experimental Housing of the 1970s

Women’s Worlds - Interview with Natalie Dubois

The Culture of Living - Interview with Robert von der Nahmer

Hetty Berens: A Fresh Take on Modernism

Niek Smit on Supporting Modern Heritage

Alice Roegholt on Amsterdam’s Working-Class Palaces

July is Iconic Houses Month

Save Maison Zilveli - Sign the Petition!

How a Building Tells a Story - Recorded Event

Toolkit for Owners of a Modern House

13 Aalto Sites Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage

Villa Beer At Risk - Sign the Petition!

Business Cards of Stone, Timber and Concrete in the Brussels Region 1830-1970

Exhibiting & Visiting Modernist Monuments

Fostering Well-Researched Responsible Design


Enjoy a virtual visit to the California House and a Q&A with architect Peter Gluck

Exhibition 'Modernism and Refuge'

A Hidden Gem of Postmodernism

New Centre for Historic Houses of India

An Online Chronicle of the Douglas House

SPECIAL – Northern (High)Lights!

SPECIAL - Casas Icónicas en España!

SPECIAL - Vacances en France!

SPECIAL – Iconic Dreams - Sleep in an Iconic House!

SPECIAL – Dutch Delights!

SPECIAL – German Greats!

Villa Henny, geometric style icon in The Netherlands

A Mendini temple in Amsterdam

IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House

An Afternoon with the Glucks

Danish Moderns – Looking Back at Our Mini-Seminar

Venturo house complements Exhibition Centre WeeGee’s offering

Lecture report: Remembering Richard Neutra

Hôtel Mezzara and the Guimard Museum project

We welcome 13 new members!

BREAKING NEWS: 8 Wright Sites Inscribed on Unesco World Heritage List!

LECTURE 29 August - Raymond Neutra: My Father and Frank Lloyd Wright

Iconic Reads

SPECIAL – Iconic Artist Residencies

Our Badge of Honour

SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses

SPECIAL – Iconic Housing

Iconic Houses End Year Message

City-ordered rebuild of landmark house stirs debate: Appropriate or overreach?

Kohlberg House Restoration in Progress

Planned Demolition of Rietveld Homes in Reeuwijk

Renovation Gili House in Crisis

An Iconic Saga

Restoring Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 and Clarifying the Controversies

Modernism on the East Coast

Iconic Houses in Latin America

House Tours May 2018 

Expert Meetings

Terence Riley -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Philip Johnson

New era for Villa E-1027 and Cap Moderne

Jorge Liernur -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Latin American Modernism(s)

Restoring the past: The Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Home Studio

Behind the Scenes: Hendrick de Keyser Association

Latin America Special – Focus on Mexico

De Stijl in Drachten

Preserving the Nancarrow House-Studio

Meet the Friends - Nanne de Ru

Latin America Special – Focus on Brazil

Jan de Jong’s House is Latest Hendrick de Keyser Acquisition

Stay in a Belgian Modernist Masterpiece

In Berlin’s Modernist Network

Rietveld-Schröder House Celebrates De Stijl Anniversary

Meet Our New Foundation Board Members

Virtual Tour of a Papaverhof Home in 3D

Getty Grant for Villa E-1027

Iconic Dacha

11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List

At home with Le Corbusier

Wright Plus 2016 Walk

Speaking Volumes: Building the Iconic Houses Library

Follow us!

Documentary La Ricarda

Rent a house designed by Gerrit Rietveld

Barragán House on Screen

Gesamtkunstwerk – An Icon on the Move

Triennale der Moderne 27 September - 13 October 2013

Prestigious Art Nouveau mansions in Brussels open

September 14 + 15: Heritage Days in Paris

June's New Arrivals: Museum Apartments

Iconic Houses is now on Twitter and Facebook

Corbu’s Cabanon: Reconstruction and Lecture

Projekt Mies In Krefeld: Life-sized model of the Krefeld Clubhouse

New arrivals: Spain special

MAMO: Le Corbu’s ‘Park in the Sky’ open 12 June

Annual Wright Architectural Housewalk: 18 May

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Screen

Message from the Editor

Neutra’s House on Screen

Melnikov House on Screen

Iconic Houses in the media

Message from the Editor

Eileen Gray House on Screen

Copy Culture

At Home in the 20th Century

New 20th century Iconic Houses website launches

20 November 2015

Jesse Lattig, Pasadena Heritage

Jesse Lattig is Preservation Director at Pasadena Heritage. An architectural historian with a Bachelor of Arts from Humboldt State University in studio art, art history, and German, Jesse lived in Germany for nearly ten years before returning to the United States in 2010 for her Masters in Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania. She took up her current post at Pasadena Heritage in 2013, following a one-year internship at the Getty Conservation Institute. She is currently working on a book about the evolution of post-war garden apartment architecture in the region, and how present-day multi-family residential design can learn from the successes of this earlier era. Jesse has been involved with the Iconic Houses Conference at the Getty Center since October, and is acting as Iconic Houses’ local conference organiser.

Tell us about your own relationship with significant houses
Pasadena is home to an impressive concentration of architect-designed residential properties from the 20th century, and more than 40 designated historic neighbourhoods. At Pasadena Heritage, I manage our long-standing façade easement programme, which protects many local iconic residences designed by prominent architects, including Greene & Greene and the Heineman Brothers. As a preservation tool, easements prevent demolition and historically inappropriate alterations and ensure proper maintenance through regular inspections and technical assistance.

Do you have a favourite house?
It is impossible to have just one favourite! Two local homes I find truly inspiring are Frank Lloyd Wright’s La Miniatura or Millard House, the first of his four textile-block designs dating from 1923; and Thornton Ladd’s Lyon House, dating from 1948, which is nestled on the hillside above the Arroyo Seco with a footbridge encased in glass and overlooking a lushly landscaped yard below.

What is the biggest challenge facing your organisation right now?
Today, Pasadena is one of the fastest growing cities in the region. A recent increase in new development has threatened some of our historic properties, either through demolition or with insensitive infill projects in historic neighbourhoods. We actively advocate for innovative but compatible new developments that respect the traditional urban patterns and notable architecture that characterise Pasadena’s distinctive sense of place. We are also working to raise the community’s awareness of the significant modern architecture we have here, including works by Richard Neutra, Harwell Hamilton Harris, Gregory Ain, Smith and Williams, Ladd and Kelsey, Craig Ellwood, and Harold Zook, as well as Case Study House #10 (designed by the father and son team of architects, Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland, Jr.), Case Study House #20 (also known as the Bass House, designed by Buff, Straub and Hensman), and Wallace Neff's Balloon House.

What do you expect from the upcoming Iconic Houses conference at the Getty Center in Los Angeles?

Pasadena Heritage is excited to support this international gathering of property owners, museum directors, preservation architects and conservationists. The conference is an ideal platform for these groups to network and exchange the specialised knowledge necessary to preserve iconic properties. The Getty’s participation, the spectacular venue, and the exceptional house tours make it an especially rewarding event.

Which 21st-century Californian house has the potential of becoming a future Iconic House, and why?
I am eagerly awaiting our first 3D-printed subdivision that picks up where Wallace Neff's Balloon House left off! Meanwhile, Wallace Cunningham's creative use of concrete in the San Diego area has given rise to several iconic forms. Local firms like Marmol Radziner and Ehrlich Architects are using a design vocabulary deeply rooted in the California modern context to execute stunning homes with 21st-century sensibilities towards materials, energy efficiency, and landscape design.

Wallace Neff’s last remaining 'Balloon House' in Pasadena, 1946 (article LA Times)

Case Study House #10, 1947 (designed by the father and son team of architects, Kemper Nomland and Kemper Nomland, Jr.)

Harold Zook, Pasadena, 1950 (Zook designed and lived in the house from its construction until 1962)

Jessie recommends taking a look at these videos as a warm up for the conference:

Publication date 20 November 2015