|Exclusive Live Tours for Iconic Houses Donors!|
|To keep up morale and recreate the excitement of travel, we are visiting a member house every other week in a unique series of live-streamed tours. These exclusive live tours are for our top-tier donors. Not a donor? Later on, recordings of these special visits will be available to view on our website for a smaller contribution!|
This month, we welcome the wonderful Mies van der Rohe Haus in Berlin, designed in 1933 as Landhaus Lemke. We are proud to count this important house as a member of our network - joining the other Mies highlights: Villa Tugendhat in Brno, the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, and Haus Lange and Haus Esters in Krefeld.
Wherever you are in the world, and whatever the pandemic circumstances, you can always travel the houses from the comfort of your own home. Enjoy!
Note: Plan any physical visits well in advance, as house museums can have irregular visiting times and coronavirus guidelines often require online reservation.
|Welcome Mies van der Rohe Haus in Berlin!|
|Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the most important architects of the 20th century, was the director of the Bauhaus when this private home was designed and built. It was his last project before emigrating to America in 1938. Shaded red brick creates a refined surface that is beautiful and lively. A minimum of materials produce maximum quality - or, in Mies's own words: "It is important not to confuse simple with simplistic."|
|Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House: Conference Update|
|Join us online for our latest conference in September! In place of our usual in-person event, five weekly online modules explore 20th-century Dutch architecture from the Amsterdam School to Postmodernism. Be inspired by our speakers and discover wonderful homes by Rietveld, J.J.P. Oud, Brinkman & Van der Vlugt and many more.|
|Live Online: Alvar Aalto's Studio, 25 March|
|For our latest exclusive live-streamed tour we're off to Alvar Aalto's Studio in Helsinki, Finland, to learn more about the master of Nordic modernism through one of his key works. This special Zoom experience features an expert tour by the Director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation. Tours are open to top-tier Iconic Houses donors. Recordings will be online at a later date.|
|Live Online: Maison Louis Carré, 8 April|
|Normally you would have to travel to Bazoches-sur-Guyonnes, about 40 km outside Paris, to visit Alvar Aalto's stunning Maison Louis Carré, but our exclusive live-streamed tour gives you a perfect behind-the-scenes view. The client, Louis Carré, was a French art dealer, so the house combines public spaces designed for art viewings with secluded spaces for Carré and his wife.|
|Live Online: The Gamble House, 22 April|
|Like many other house museums, the Gamble House is currently closed to visitors, but you can experience it in a unique live-streamed tour. Built in 1908 in Pasadena, California, this gem of the American Arts and Crafts movement was designed, along with its furnishings, by Charles and Henry Greene. The clients were David and Mary Gamble of the Procter & Gamble Company. |
|Watch Online! Melnikov House: Saving an Avant-Garde Icon|
|In February 2020, Iconic Houses launched its first North American lecture tour, taking the Melnikov House to audiences in California and Vancouver. Lecturer Pavel Kuznetsov explores Moscow’s architectural avant-garde and the Melnikov House in the last public event we were able to organise before the pandemic broke out.|
|ICON AT RISK - Forrest-Baker House by Ron Thom|
|The striking Forrest-Baker House radiates the creativity and elegance of mid-century design in West Vancouver, Canada. Its form, detail and character richly reflect its setting, opening up towards exquisite views to the city beyond. But while it is recognised as a primary heritage resource in West Vancouver, it has yet to benefit from any legal protection.|
|New Books in Our Library of Iconic Reads!|
|Explore our collection of books about iconic houses: new in our library are monographs on two Finnish member houses, Hvitträsk and Villa Skeppet. You'll also find new books on the Georg Kolbe Museum: "Moderne und Refugium" and the Mies van der Rohe Haus in Berlin "SCHLICHT UND ERGREIFEND- Landhaus Lemke". A free download is available, "Walter S. White: Inventions in Mid-Century Architecture", about the architect of the Miles C. Bates House in Palm Springs. Our Library is designed to give you the tools, knowledge and guidance you need to deepen your practice.|
|Adopt an Icon at Risk - PLEASE DONATE|
|Thanks to your donations, we can add new listings to our Icons at Risk Watch List. Worldwide, we have researched circa 30 houses and we need your support to publish them. The Iconic Houses Foundation, like many non-profits, is in a precarious position due to Covid-19. Please donate to help us continue putting these houses in the spotlight to (hopefully) save them from demolition.|