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Inside Iconic Houses - Live Online Tour Program

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


Philippe Bélaval, Centre des monuments nationaux

Philippe Bélaval is President of Centre des monuments nationaux in France, which runs both Villa Savoye and Villa Cavrois. Villa Cavrois, designed by Robert Mallet-Stevens will open to public in fall 2013.
We ask him our five questions.

Background; who are you?
I took law and political science degrees, and then entered civil service. But I have always been interested in cultural matters and got the opportunity of becoming CEO of Paris opera house, then of the french national library and I was finally appointed as national archivist and keeper of records. Lately, I headed the division of the French ministry of culture which is in charge of architecture, archaeology, historic buildings, museums and, again, archives. Since July 2012, I am chairing CMN, a French national agency which manages a hundredth of monuments scattered all over the country, among which such landmarks as the Arc de Triomphe in Paris or the Mont-Saint-Michel Abbey. Altogether, all those monuments welcome more than 9 million visitors a year.

What is your relation to significant houses?
A totally passionate one! More than any other heritage item, they reveal a fascinating relationship between a tasteful patron and inspired architects and artists. Most of times, they stay deeply impregnated by those who have been living or working there, and thus they evoke better the past times than the public buildings for instance. Their authenticity is that of life itself!

What is your most favourite house
So hard to say, they are so many! Of course, I am quite fond of Villa Cavrois, by Mallet-Stevens, which I find a perfect combination of monumental grandeur and of a deep sense of intimacy and family life. And of Villa Savoye, for Le Corbusier’s straightforward approach oh the contemporary way of life. These two are true jewels, we at CMN are quite proud of being in charge of them. But I also like Villa Louis Carré, near Paris, by Aalto, and, in quite a different style, many XIX th century houses. When I stay in London, I never fail to visit Sir John Soane’s house: a total hit, according to me.

What is the biggest challenge for you/your organisation at this moment
Above all, how to formulate properly, in clearly understandable terms, the message that monuments coming from the past can deliver to men and women of today, especially to the younger ones and also to those who, for such reasons as lack of education, poverty or social exclusion, may believe that heritage has nothing to do with them. If we fail achieving that, the transmission of heritage to further generations could be compromised, in times of deep changes in society. But I must add that finding new resources in order to compensate the diminishing of public money is quite a big challenge too …

What can we soon expect?
Innovation! The only way to satisfy the everchanging expectations of the public while money is so hard to get is to review all our processes; to get sounder results without spending more. I trust that the present situation is going to lead us to have a different approach of the role of monuments in the planetary society: we have to prepare for that, because it is not at all obvious. I am sure that the web, the social networks, the digital techniques and products will be a great help for us.

Photocredit: Jean-Luc Paillé © CMN, Paris.