Inside Iconic Houses - Live Online Tour of the Isokon Building and Penthouse!

Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

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

Latest update 2 August 2021

Inside Iconic Houses - Live Online Tour of the Isokon Building and Penthouse!

Exclusive recordings of our Live Streamed Tours in our Webshop

To keep up morale during the COVID pandemic and recreate the excitement of travel, Iconic Houses has launched a new program this year. Together, we’re visiting an Iconic Houses member house every month in a unique series of live-streamed house tours led by the house owner, director or curator. These exclusive expert-led tours are curated for our top-tier donors. Not a donor yet? Consider becoming one and scroll down to find out how it works!

Recordings of these special live-streamed tours are also available on a dedicated webpage for members and donors only. For a small contribution, everyone else will be able to watch the recordings of the tours through our WEBSHOP.

The tours are a way for those who run the special houses and hidden gems that make up our global network to stay engaged with our community, which consists of the owners of modern heritage homes, leading architects and architectural historians, intellectually curious top-tier donors and culturally interested individuals with a passion for design and architecture.

The directors of the world’s most extraordinary houses invite you to be their special guest for a personal behind-the-scenes live-streamed tour. Come with us as they open locked doors, reveal what’s behind hidden panels, and shine a light on some famously dark corners! Guests will have the opportunity to join in what promises to be a lively Q&A session at the conclusion of the tours. You can ask us questions in advance or let us know if you’re interested in seeing something in particular. We’ll do our best to accommodate all requests within reason.

So far, we have visited the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fallingwater with its director Justin Gunther, and Studio Aalto (a possible future UNESCO World Heritage site) with Tommi Lindh, director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation. Confirmed visits to other UNESCO World Heritage houses include Victor Horta’s own house and studio in Brussels and Gaudí's La Pedrera in Barcelona. Plus many more houses from all over the world.

Click on image to watch the Fallingwater Teaser and find all teasers in our WEBSHOP.


Members and Donors Only
This initiative combines our professional interest and desire to travel and to discover extraordinary homes during this culturally lean time. Always accompanied by a Q&A and topped off with a happy hour and signature cocktails that are related to the architect, the clients or local traditions: can you think of a better way to e-meet your peers? The tours are usually held on Thursday. Invited are our 150 house museum members, Leadership Circle Members, Donor Patrons and Corporate Patron Members, Foundation Board Members, International Advisory Board members, and project partners.

Your Iconic Happy Hour
We’re a global community, but for our European friends who join the tour live around happy hour or in the evening, while our friends in Southern California are drinking their first coffee, we will always offer inspiration in the form of a recipe for a signature cocktail, local drink or favourite tipple of the architect or clients, so you are able to attend the tour in style. And if you can’t be there right then, you can create your own happy hour by watching the recording whenever it is convenient for you.

Signature cocktails at Fallingwater and The Gamble House. 

Your Online Travel Itinerary, 2021– Save These Thursdays

28 Jan Liljestrand House 
28 Feb Leadership Circle Event* Lovell Health House 
11 March Fallingwater 
25 March Studio Aalto 
8 April Maison Louis Carré 
22 April The Gamble House 
6 May La Pedrera, aka Casa Milá 
20 May Museum Jachthuis Sint Hubertus 
3 June Horta Museum 
17 June Haus am Horn 
1 July Van Wassenhove House 
29 July Casa Orgánica 
August Summer Break: Finally time to watch recordings of the tours you missed. Check our WEBSHOP! 
September Five Conference Modules Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House.
18 Nov Isokon Building & Penthouse 
16 Dec Sunnylands 
TBD Farnsworth House 
*A Leadership Circle Event is an in-person visit, organized once a year for our dedicated members support group, of a contemporary private house that is never open to the public. The architect is present and gives a personal tour of the house. During the pandemic, this in-person event is replaced by two online visits of extraordinary private homes.  

How can I join?
Are you interested in joining this new program? Consider becoming a Donor. In this link you’ll find all the information to sign up as a Donor Patron or Corporate Patron Member (€500 and above). This is the minimum level of support in order to be invited to these live streamed house tours. Based on a €500 donation, the cost per tour is only €25.
For more information on becoming a Leadership Circle Member and to hear about the extra privileges (donations of €1,000 and above), please reach out to Natascha Drabbe, Executive Director and Founder of the Iconic Houses Network at ndrabbe@iconichouses.org.

US-based donors can support our activities in a tax-efficient way through a contribution to the American Friends of Iconic Houses at the King Baudouin Foundation United States (KBFUS). Because KBFUS is a 501c3 public charity, donors may claim the maximum tax benefits allowed by US law.
Donors in The Netherlands can also support our activities in a tax-efficient way. The Iconic Houses Foundation is registered as a Public Benefit Organization (ANBI) at the Dutch Tax and Customs Administration.

Thank you, Kristin Stone!
Kristin Stone is our project partner for this Inside Iconic Houses program. Kristin is the owner of the Pasadena Tour Company, and a consultant specializing in tour creation and visitor experience. One of her most recent projects was developing site-specific touring experiences for visitors to The Shed in New York (Diller Scofidio + Renfro), including an original, customized concept, script, staff training and follow-up audit, training and revision program.

Posted 9 June 2021