IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House
6th Iconic Houses Conference June 2020
An Afternoon with the Glucks
Wessel de Jonge on Dutch Icons at Risk
Jocelyn Bouraly on Villa Cavrois
Hetty Berens: A Fresh Take on Modernism
Hans van Heeswijk on The Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House
Chandler McCoy on Making Modern Houses Sustainable
Catherine Croft: Getting Away from the Demolition Mentality in the UK
Anita Blom on Experimental Housing of the 1970s
Niek Smit on Supporting Modern Heritage
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
SPECIAL – Hello Netherlands!
SPECIAL – Iconic Artist Residencies
Our Badge of Honour
SPECIAL – Hello Germany!
SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses
SPECIAL – Iconic Holidays!
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
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
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
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
At Home in the 20th Century
New 20th century Iconic Houses website launches
Jocelyn Bouraly on Villa Cavrois
Jocelyn Bouraly managed Villa Cavrois (1929-32) for the past three years, the Robert Mallet-Stevens masterpiece in Croix which was saved from demolition to become a popular house museum with 150,000 visitors a year. It is also one of only three Modern houses owned by the Centre des monuments nationaux (CMN).
How did your involvement with Villa Cavrois begin?
I was in charge of the CMN (Centre des monuments nationaux) publishing house and we devoted a few books to Villa Cavrois. I was fascinated by its beauty and history. A few years later, I was lucky enough to get my present job.
It’s an almost unique example of a Modern house in CMN ownership. What criteria decided the acquisition?
Villa Cavrois was taken over by the CMN in 2008. At that time, CMN had only one Modern house, namely Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier on the outskirts of Paris. These two remarkable houses, Cavrois and Savoye, by two master architects, were designed at the same time and were seen as two complementary assets.
The house was almost lost forever before being saved by a grassroots movement. What happened exactly?
In the early 1990s, Villa Cavrois was owned by a real-state company which wanted to tear it down to build apartment buildings. Admirers of the building founded a preservation association for the house and brought it to the government’s attention. In 1990, the house was protected from demolition – but was abandoned by its owners to neglect and looting. Finally, the state purchased Villa Cavrois in 2001 and renovation followed. In 2009, CMN began the final restoration of the interiors and Villa Cavrois finally opened to the public in June 2015.
What can other icons at risk learn from Villa Cavrois’s experience?
Perseverance and obstinacy are rewarded! Without the relentless commitment of a few believers, Villa Cavrois would never have been saved.
Is enough being done to preserve Modern houses in France?
The year 1999 was a turning point: the Ministry of Culture decided to mark the transition to the 21st century by highlighting the importance of our modern cultural heritage. The creation of a specific label - the 20th-Century Heritage label - was part of this strategy. The state purchase of Villa Cavrois in 2001 should be seen in this light, of course.
What’s the picture like in France when it comes to newer heritage - post 1965?
Few post-1965 buildings have been awarded the 20th-Century Heritage label or even listed. This isn’t enough and we need to take bolder initiatives.
Do you have a favourite post-1965 house?
Villa Delcourt (1968-9), designed by Richard Neutra a short time before his death. Only a few miles from Villa Cavrois, it looks like a Californian UFO that accidentally landed in Europe! It’s a masterful composition of vertical and horizontal planes with an interesting use of water and mirrors to emphasize nearby nature in a suburban setting.
|Maison Delcourt, Richard Neutra, Croix, France 1969. Photo courtesy Barnes International Realty.|
What developments have you noticed in recent years regarding Modern homes, and how are these impacting Villa Cavrois?
Modern homes and industrial heritage now get more attention from both general public and the authorities. Our strong visitor numbers at Villa Cavrois show an obvious interest in Modernism after a long period of neglect.
Did you become curious about the entire lecture and tour program?
Check it out or register here >> www.aanmelder.nl/ihc2020
Posted 15 January 2020