|We're happy to say that, despite all the coronavirus restrictions, new house museums are still opening their doors and signing up to join our network. This month, we welcome Villa Skeppet: a wonderful Aalto house from the 1970s! |
And don't forget: wherever you are in the world and whatever your pandemic circumstances may be, you can always travel our houses from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy!
Note: Plan your real-life visit(s) well in advance, as house museums can have irregular visiting times and coronavirus guidelines often require online reservation.
|Welcome Villa Skeppet in Finland!|
|This year, Villa Skeppet in Tammisaari opened to the public. Alvar Aalto designed the house for his friends Christine and Göran Schildt in 1970. It is the last and smallest private house Aalto designed. The house is situated beside the bay in Ekenäs, close to the city centre and Hagen-Ramsholmen nature park. The building's design has been compared to a jewellery box, because of its small size and the plethora of detail.|
|New Icon at Risk - Save Willert Park Courts, Buffalo NY|
|This 1939 complex, a unique example of early Modernism with bas-reliefs depicting scenes of everyday life, was New York State’s first housing project constructed specifically for African Americans. It was named one of the USA's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places in 2019. Today, the site is vacant and partly open to the elements. The Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority proposed demolishing it to construct replacement housing.|
|Adopt an Icon at Risk - PLEASE DONATE|
|Thanks to your donations, we continue to add new listings to our Icons at Risk Watch List. Our research has unearthed 60 houses worldwide, of which 30 are listed so far. Now we need your help to publish the other 30 houses. The Iconic Houses Foundation, like many small non-profits, is in a precarious position due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Please donate to help us stabilize operations and recover from this crisis.|
|Friends of Iconic Houses visit Unger House in Bussum|
|On 11 October, a select group of Friends had the opportunity to visit the Postmodern house of the late Gerard and Marjan Unger, designed by Mart van Schijndel in 1981. The house was bequeathed to the Hendrick de Keyser Association. We learned about the rich history of the house from architectural historians Niek Smit and Wouter van Elburg. After renovation, the house is looking for the new tenant(s) and custodian(s) that it deserves.|
|Spend this Christmas in an Iconic House!|
|Always wanted to sleep in a museum? Now's your chance! Iconic Houses' members include museum homes that you can rent for a holiday. Imagine having one all to yourself, and getting to know it at your own pace. These houses have wonderful stories to tell. During a stay in one, you'll experience it almost exactly as the original residents did. Most were designed as weekend or holiday homes, meaning that their architects could focus on fun.|
|April 2021 is Iconic Houses Month! (Rescheduled from November 2020)|
|The government closed Dutch museums for two weeks in November, so IH Month has been rescheduled to April 2021. Iconic Houses passe-partout holders will receive a 50% discount on entrance to 10 iconic homes - valid for four Sundays in April. From social housing of the early 20th century, to conceptual villas of the 2000s, discover the dream homes of the Netherlands! |