Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - The Diagoon House
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Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Het Schip
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Casa Masó Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary
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Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione
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Inside Iconic Houses - Isokon Building
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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
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Hans van Heeswijk on The Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House
Wessel de Jonge on Dutch Icons at Risk
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
ICONS AT RISK
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
Villa Henny, geometric style icon in The Netherlands
A Mendini temple in Amsterdam
IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House
Sponsors and Friends
An Afternoon with the Glucks
Chandler McCoy on Making Modern Houses Sustainable
Catherine Croft: Getting Away from the Demolition Mentality in the UK
Patrick Weber on Discovering an Unknown Icon
Fiona Fisher on Iconic Interiors
Jocelyn Bouraly on Villa Cavrois
Mireia Massagué on finding success through a new kind of partnership
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!
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LECTURE 29 August - Raymond Neutra: My Father and Frank Lloyd Wright
SPECIAL – Iconic Artist Residencies
Our Badge of Honour
SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses
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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
Natascha Drabbe - Iconic Houses: The Next Chapter
Terence Riley -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Philip Johnson
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Hilary Lewis on Philip Johnson and his Glass House
John Arbuckle on Great House Tours
William D. Earls on the Harvard Five in New Canaan
Stover Jenkins on Working for Philip Johnson
Frederick Noyes on his Father’s House
Scott Fellows and Craig Bassam on their Passion for Preservation
Jorge Liernur -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Latin American Modernism(s)
Fabio Grementieri on Modernism in Argentina
Catalina Corcuera Cabezut on Casa Luis Barragán
Renato Anelli on Lina Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro
Tim McClimon on Corporate Preservation
Amanda Nelson on Building Donor Relationships
John Bacon on Planned Giving
Jean-Paul Warmoes on the Art of Fundraising in America
Chandler McCoy on Why Less is More
Katherine Malone-France on Moving with the Times
Anne Mette Rahbæk on Philanthropic Investments and Preservation
Peter McMahon on Saving Modern Houses on Cape Cod
Toshiko Kinoshita on Japanese Modern Heritage Houses
Roland Reisley on Life in a Frank Lloyd Wright House
5th Iconic Houses Conference May 2018
Kristin Stone, Pasadena Tour Company
Restoring the past: The Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Home Studio
Behind the Scenes: Hendrick de Keyser Association
Crosby Doe, Architecture for Sale
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
Maintaining Aalto's Studio – Linoleum Conservation
Virtual Tour of a Papaverhof Home in 3D
Getty Grant for Villa E-1027
Plečnik House in Ljubljana
Iconic Houses: A Bohemian Road Trip
Work in Progress: Capricho de Gaudí
11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List
At home with Le Corbusier
Henry van de Velde’s Study in Haus Hohe Pappeln Restored
Lynda Waggoner reports
A Conference to Remember
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Guest of Honor - Harry Gesner
Fallingwater: European Lecture Tour
Wright Plus 2016 Walk
Susan Macdonald, Getty Conservation Institute
John Mcllwee, Garcia House
Meet the Friends – Elisabeth Tostrup
Iconic Houses: The Story So Far
Willie van Burgsteden, designer Iconic Houses
Buff Kavelman, Philanthropic Advisor
Meet the Friends - Frederick Noyes
Sheridan Burke, GML Heritage
Meet the Friends - Raymond Neutra
Sidney Williams, Frey House
Franklin Vagnone and Deborah Ryan, Museum Anarchists
Meet the Friends - James Haefner
Toshiko Mori, architect
Malachi Connolly, Cape Cod Modern House Trust
Meet the Friends - Penny Sparke
Lucia Dewey Atwood, Eames House
Cory Buckner, Mutual Housing Site Office
Jeffrey Herr, Hollyhock House
Speaking Volumes: Building the Iconic Houses Library
Sarah Lorenzen, Neutra VDL Studio and Residences
Ted Bosley, Gamble House
Keeping It Modern - Getty Conservation Grants
Meet the Friends - Thomas Schönauer
Wim de Wit, Stanford University
Linda Dishman, Los Angeles Conservancy
Jesse Lattig, Pasadena Heritage
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Work in Progress: Casa Vicens
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Marta Lacambra, Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera
Natascha Drabbe, Iconic Houses Foundation
Special speaker Oscar Tusquets
Jordi Tresserras, UNESCO Network ‘Culture, tourism and development’
Christen Obel, Utzon Foundation
Elena Ruiz Sastre, Casa Broner
Fernando Alvarez Prozorovich, La Ricarda
Tim Benton, Professor of Art History (Emeritus)
Susana Landrove, Docomomo Spain
Rossend Casanova, Casa Bloc
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Celeste Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
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Henry Urbach, The Glass House
Victoria & Albert Museum London November 12
Tommi Lindh, new director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation and Museum
Iveta Černá, Villa Tugendhat
Lynda Waggoner, Fallingwater
Kimberli Meyer, MAK Center
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
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Corbu’s Cabanon: Reconstruction and Lecture
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New arrivals: Spain special
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Annual Wright Architectural Housewalk: 18 May
Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Screen
Message from the Editor
Neutra’s House on Screen
Michel Richard, Fondation Le Corbusier
Symposium The Public and the Modern House
Melnikov House on Screen
Iconic Houses in the media
Message from the Editor
Round Table Review
Eileen Gray House on Screen
At Home in the 20th Century
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Philippe Bélaval, Centre des monuments nationaux
SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses
Although their contribution is still underrated, they were the pioneers whose early struggles allowed the women of today to take up a prominent role in architecture, design, curation and many other related fields. So, on this International Women's Day, we celebrate the women who helped to make the iconic houses of the 20th century. Enjoy!
We want your tips!
We’re always looking out for new and inspiring examples. So, if you know any iconic houses or artists' homes and studios that were designed by women architects or lived in by women artists in the 20th century and that are now open to the public, please tell us about it by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your suggestions!
Designer Eileen Gray's Villa E-1027 (1929)
A true icon of modernist architecture, Villa E-1027, Eileen Gray’s first architectural creation, testifies to the thought and attention that she put into every detail of the design. It is tantamount to a manifesto both for its architecture and for the fixed and mobile furniture, lamps and decorations that are inseparable from it. Gray (1878-1976) spent three whole years between 1926 and 1929, designing the furniture and working on the plans.
Architect Lina Bo Bardi's Casa de Vidro (1950)
Considered a modern architecture icon in Brazil, the Casa de Vidro, or Glass House, was the first built project in 1950 by the Italian-Brazilian modernist architect Lina Bo Bardi (1914-1992). It was Lina Bo and Pietro Maria Bardi’s home for 40 years and received its name because of its imposing glass facade, which seems to float on the columns structure. A prolific architect and designer, Bo Bardi devoted her working life to promoting the social and cultural potential of architecture and design. She was also famed for her furniture and jewellery designs.
Artist Frida Kahlo's Casa Azul (1932)
Frida Kahlo’s life and art were rooted in Casa Azul, the Blue House. She was born and passed away in this residence, located in the charming southwestern suburb Coyoacan. Her intimate universe seems to remain here and it is revealed through her personal possessions. Frida Kahlo’s house is a work of art itself; it reflects the personality of an artist who transformed everything surrounding her in beauty, including herself, her dresses and hairstyles.
Artist Dora Gordine's Dorich House Museum (1936)
Dorich House is the former studio home of the internationally acclaimed Russian sculptor Dora Gordine (1895-1991). Gordine designed her home and workplace and lived and worked there until her death. Located in south west London, the house incorporates two studios, a gallery and top floor apartment with a stunning view from the roof terrace. Dorich House is Grade II listed building and was fully renovated in the 1990s.
Artist Georgia O’ Keeffe’s Home & Studio (1949)
In 1949, Georgia O'Keeffe moved permanently to her house in the village Abiquiu, New Mexico. The house is an adobe Spanish colonial-era compound. When O'Keeffe bought it in 1945, it was in ruins. With her friend Maria Chabot, O'Keeffe spent the next three years restoring the 18th century structure to a habitable state, which the artist lived and worked in from 1949 until she moved to Santa Fe in 1984. Photo by Alfred Stieglitz, 1918.
Client Hélène Kröller Müller's Country Residence Sint Hubertus (1920)
In 1913 Hélène became director of the Building Department of her family's company Müller & Co and worked with architect H.P. Berlage and artists Bart van der Leck and Joseph Mendes da Costa on a number of large projects, including their country residence St. Hubertus Hunting Lodge, one of the most iconic buildings in the Netherlands, designed by the renowned architect Berlage. The lodge was mainly used as a country house. Only in her final years it became her permanent residence.
Client Aline Barnsdall's Hollyhock House
Louise Aline Barnsdall (1882-1946) was an American oil heiress, best known as Frank Lloyd Wright's client for the Hollyhock House in Los Angeles, now the centerpiece of the city's Barnsdall Art Park. Construction began in 1919 continuing until she fired Wright in 1921. Almost immediately, she began plans to give it away. Extensive correspondence between Barnsdall and Wright in these years shows a close, sympathetic relationship. Finally, though, she grew very unhappy with the house's impracticalities and staggering cost overruns.
Client Truus Schröder-Schräder's Rietveld-Schröder House (1924)
Truus Schröder-Schräder (1889-1985) gained fame as the client and occupant of the Rietveld Schröder House in Utrecht. After the death of her husband Frits Schröder, she gave Rietveld the assignment for the design of a new house which later became world famous under the name Rietveld Schröder House. The relationship with Rietveld, was not only of a professional nature, but also developed into a love relationship that would extend over the rest of their lives.
Client Edith Farnsworth's House (1951)
The Farnsworth House was designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. It is a one-room weekend retreat in what then was a rural setting southwest of Chicago on a 60-acre (24 ha) estate site adjoining the Fox River. The steel and glass house was commissioned by Edith Farnsworth, a prominent Chicago nephrologist, as a place where she could engage in her hobbies; playing the violin, translating poetry, and enjoying nature.
Client Grace Miller's House (1937)
The little house and desert Mensendieck exercise studio designed for Grace Lewis Miller was Richard Neutra's first desert commission and generated much publicity for its unique design. A Guest House was designed by Neutra in 1938 but never realized. In 2007 the current owner built it almost exactly to the original plans. The serenity and calm of the home reflects Neutra's conviction that living in a properly-designed home will be reflected in your physical and mental health.
Ise Gropius, Walter's wife
Ise Gropius (1897-1983) worked in the book trade in Munich and met Walter Gropius, the first director of the Staatliche Bauhaus in Weimar, during one of his lectures in 1923 and they married the same year. Gropius was soon lovingly calling his wife ‘Mrs. Bauhaus’. Ise Gropius gave up thoughts of an independent career and entered the service of the Bauhaus as a secretary, editor, organizer and ‘equal partner’ for Gropius. In an interview in 1986, she said, ‘The Bauhaus idea became my second self. Once you were infected with it, it had effects on every aspect of your life.' It was only in the catalogue volume 'Bauhaus 1919-1928', published in 1938 for the Bauhaus exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, that Ise Gropius was first named as author and editor along with Walter Gropius and Herbert Bayer, achieving public recognition for her work. Throughout her life, Ise Gropius was seen as the ‘wife of a great man’. But his life’s work -even after his death- was substantially spurred on by the woman in the background. Ise Gropius died on 9th June, 1983 in Lexington, Massachussetts. (Source: www.bauhaus100.com). Portrait by Lucia Moholy. See where Ise lived and plan your visit here.
Dione Neutra, Richard's wife
Dione Neutra (1901-1991), a talented cello player, married Richard Neutra in 1922. In Neutra she early saw potential -unshaped genius- and decided to devote her life to helping him realize it. They formed a symbiotic unit; they acted as one person. Her ego needed his success. He did not have the option of not being famous. Otherwise he feared she might lose interest. Superficially perceived, Dione sacrificed a promising career to enable her husband to pursue his. Yet it is clear that she could not have contributed to his growth to the extent that she did had she not remained the talented, creative and strong woman that she was. In her memorial service in 1990 her approach to her husband’s career was described in one single statement: Dione (was said, using architectural jargon) made Richard Neutra “her project”. See where Dione lived and plan your visit here.
Posted 8 March 2019