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


Natascha Drabbe - Iconic Houses: The Next Chapter

Natascha Drabbe founded the Iconic Houses Foundation after becoming responsible for an iconic house herself. Searching for knowledge and advice, she realized that there was a need for a professional network for the owners and directors of important 20th-century homes, and so Iconic Houses was born. She divides her time between Utrecht and Amsterdam. Natascha was Conference Chair of the Fifth International Iconic Houses Conference in New Canaan. Her lecture can be watched in the (below) link.

Iconic Houses: The Next Chapter

Why choose New Canaan for this conference?
I first visited the area in 2011, and I was amazed by the houses here. Everyone knows about the Eames House and Case Study Houses on the West Coast, but the East Coast has been relatively under the radar, although Modernism landed here in America. So I wanted to share New Canaan and increase awareness about its architectural legacy.

How does the conference theme of Latin America relate to the other theme, Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five?
The two are intrinsically connected through the Bauhaus architects who worked in both places, including Gropius who was brought in to teach at Harvard but who also had a partner in Buenos Aires in the 1930s. Marcel Breuer, one of the Harvard Five, had contacts in Mexico, and so on. Modernism was a global phenomenon and, as Iconic Houses, we need to make the conversation about the protection of this heritage a global one. So I’m glad that we have speakers from Latin America and Japan at this conference.

What’s next for Iconic Houses?
In the coming years, we want to make an inventory of the houses at risk worldwide, so we can continue to help with publicity and advice. Often, houses are not yet protected legally, so it’s vital to raise awareness of their intrinsic importance, especially as the land they were built on has frequently increased in value and they are threatened by demolition in favor of new construction.

How about growth ambitions?
Architects’ and artists’ houses and studios are a relatively small niche in the museum world, so there are clear limits as to how big Iconic Houses should get, especially as we limit ourselves to the most significant examples of the 20th century. That said, we generally acquire at least one new member every month, and after several years of research we have a wishlist of about 150 houses around the world, which we hope will become members in the future.
We also hope we can hand the torch to our members and become more of a distributed organization, with national chapters. Then we could have smaller meetings per country, perhaps annually, and each country could potentially raise its own funds under the colors of Iconic Houses.

What do you hope will be the outcome of the conference?
I hope we can strengthen our relationships with Latin America, and that we can help to accelerate the effort to preserve Casa del Puente in Argentina, an important house that needs urgent action. After past conferences, I’ve heard from members that they have achieved real successes based on what they’ve learned in the expert sessions, so obviously I hope that will be the case again. I also hope that we can help to put the East Coast house museums on the must-see map for visitors to the Northeast.

Any tips for conference visitors?
If you’re traveling via New York and have time, I recommend visiting Paul Rudolph’s Modulightor Building in Manhattan. Conference visitors can get free entrance, and the building is still in its original state - Rudolph’s partner still lives there. Also, in New Canaan I recommend the River Building by SANAA. It’s not in our tour program as it was built only a couple of years ago and it’s a community center, not a house, but it’s definitely iconic and really something you shouldn’t miss.

Natascha recommends watching the video Barry Bergdoll, "Learning from the Americas: Gropius and Breuer in the New World" a lecture on Walter Gropius and Marcel Breuer, arguing that the Bauhaus emigrés did not only have an impact at Harvard; they were types and models for the New World in general, with considerable attention from Latin America in particular. Bergdoll also mentions The House in the Museum Garden, that was to be one of Breuer’s most influential new world designs.

Jane Szita

Photo: Natascha with the Van Schijndel House (Utrecht, the Netherlands) in the background.

Publication date 19 March 2018