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Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

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Health and Home - Interview with Beatriz Colomina

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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

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How a Building Tells a Story - Recorded Event

Toolkit for Owners of a Modern House

13 Aalto Sites Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage

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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

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SPECIAL – Iconic Dreams - Sleep in an Iconic House!

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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

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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

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Our Badge of Honour

SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses

SPECIAL – Iconic Housing

Iconic Houses End Year Message

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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

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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

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19 March 2018

Tim McClimon on Corporate Preservation

Timothy J. McClimon is President of the American Express Foundation in New York and Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express Company. Prior to joining American Express, he was responsible for fundraising, marketing, financial management and board development for Second Stage Theater in New York City. The American Express Foundation was chief sponsor of the Iconic Houses Fifth International Conference in New Canaan.

How has your company’s commitment to heritage funding developed?
We made our first grant in 1872 and in 1885 we engaged our employees to help raise money to build the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. In 1954, we launched he American Express Foundation. In 1996, we became a corporate founder of World Monuments Watch. In 2006, we founded Partners in Preservation together with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to help restore, preserve and revitalize historic sites.

Why heritage, in particular - and not some other form of social funding?
Our company is 158 years old - we have a long heritage of our own, and we feel an instinctive connection to heritage values. As the world’s largest travel network, we feel committed to support communities through heritage, wherever our card-holders live and work.

What criteria do you observe when deciding what buildings to support?
It has to be significant for us - in a place close to one of our office locations for example - and it should be important to the community. Diversity is another important factor.

What Modern buildings have you helped to preserve recently?
Through Partners in Preservation, we supported the restoration of the Painted Desert Community Complex in northern Arizona, which was built as part of the National Park Service’s Mission 66 initiative. Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander designed a collection of minimalist, rectilinear buildings that beautifully harmonized with the desert when completed in 1962, but sadly underwent unsympathetic transformations later. Now, they have been restored to their former glory.

Do you have a favorite Modern house?
It’s hard to choose just one, but I admit to having a snow globe featuring the Glass House on my desk! We have a strong relationship with The Glass House through Partners in Preservation.

Latin America is a new area for Iconic Houses. Are you also involved in preservation work there?
Yes, we’ve made grants in Mexico and Argentina.

What are you most looking forward to regarding the conference?
For us, it’s an opportunity to support Modern heritage. We’re looking forward to helping to bring lots of people together to support the preservation of this recent history, and hopefully create some new history of our own.

What do you hope will emerge from this event?
We hope it will start some important conversations and collaborations in fundraising and other areas. Many buildings need to find funds for preservation, so we hope it will create avenues for additional learning and generating revenue. It would also be wonderful if the event would inspire other organizations to begin helping preserve important historic sites early on, before it gets too late.

Tim recommends watching the video The 2018 World Monuments Watch as a warm up for the conference.

Jane Szita
Photo: Tim with the Painted Desert Community Complex, designed by Richard Neutra and Robert Alexander (one mile from the edge of the Painted Desert near lnterstate 40 in Arizona, USA), in the background.

Publication date 19 March 2018