Inside Iconic Houses - 28 April: Tour of Maison Cazenave

Inside Iconic Houses - Online Tour Program

Welcome Atelier Volten!

Inside Iconic Houses Tours Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami

Casa Masó Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Inside Iconic Houses tours Roland Reisley's Usonian Frank Lloyd Wright House

Rietveld’s Experimental Housing in Reeuwijk Saved

Serralves Villa after restoration

Watch Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House Now On Demand

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

Inside Iconic Houses - Isokon Building

Inside Iconic Houses - 16 December: Sunnylands with Janice Lyle

BCN-BXL Coderch-De Koninck - Beyond Time

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

19 March 2018

John Arbuckle on Great House Tours

John Shreve Arbuckle is President of DOCOMOMO New York/Tri-State. Trained as an architect, he also guides tours through Arbuckle Architecture Tours, LLC and the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter (AIANY). John was a panel member at the Fifth International Conference in New Canaan. The panel discussion can be watched in the (below) link.

Panel discussion The Harvard Five – The Advent of Modernism in New Canaan

How did you become interested in Modern houses?
I worked with the architect Herbert Beckhard, who was one of Marcel Breuer’s design partners on many of his residential commissions. I worked very closely with Herb during the last five years of his life and was an associate in his firm, which at that time was the only active successor to the Breuer office.

How does your own work contribute to preservation?
Few houses are viable as house museums, so the survival of most depends upon finding sympathetic owners. I’ve been involved in the New York/Tri-State chapter of DOCOMOMO since 2004. We have been active in advocacy efforts related to specific important Modern houses such as Edward Durrell Stone’s early Conger Goodyear house on Long Island, and we help spread the word when important houses are on the market. However, I think our greatest contribution has been helping to broaden awareness of Modern architecture through our communications program, talks and tours.

What do you like most about giving architecture tours?
I love helping people to understand and appreciate architecture. I began organizing architecture tours for DOCOMOMO and now guide private tours as well as tours for the AIA New York Chapter and the Municipal Art Society.

Any favorite tour locations?
Columbus, Indiana, has an extraordinary concentration of Modern architecture by architects including Eliel & Eero Saarinen, I.M. Pei, Kevin Roche, Harry Weese, Richard Meier and others. The jewel in the crown is the J. Irwin Miller House, a rare example by Eero Saarinen, with an exceptional landscape designed by Dan Kiley and interior decoration by Alexander Girard.

What makes a great tour?
Great architecture interpreted by well informed, engaging guides who understand their audience.

What mistakes should we avoid?
Too often tours are led by well meaning docents who are not as well informed as they should be. I’ve heard quite a bit of inaccurate information on tours of houses.
Also, I am not a fan of orientation videos. If you must subject visitors to them, please keep them short.

How can house museums ensure their popularity with visitors?
One of the biggest challenges for house museums is to keep people coming back. They need to be given a reason.

What is the biggest problem Modern houses face today?
In America the biggest problem is that still many people do not appreciate and understand Modern houses. A major issue is that ideas about what is an appropriate size for a house are different today. In order to have what they perceive as a sufficiently large house, homeowners often expand Modern houses with inappropriate additions, or worse demolish and replace them with larger residences.

John recommends watching The Pocantico Center: Historic Structures & Collections Virtual Tour as a warm up for the visit of the Marcel Breuer House.

Jane Szita

Photo: John with the Marcel Breuer House in Pocantico (Tarrytown, NY, USA) in the background.

Publication date 19 March