Modernism on the East Coast
Iconic Houses in Latin America
House Tours May 2018
Icons at Risk
Our Badge of Honour
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
Iconic Houses Lecture Tour - The Weizmann House
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
11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List
At home with Le Corbusier
Wright Plus 2016 Walk
Casa Batlló's innovative Video Guide
Documentary La Ricarda
Richard Hutten at the Sonneveld House
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
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.
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