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Iconic Homes 25 Stories

Twenty years before Ludwig Mies van der Rohe realized his famous Farnsworth House, and seven years before emigrating to the United States, he designed Villa Tugendhat in 1930 for the wealthy couple Fritz and Grete Tugendhat. As a wedding present, Grete (born...
Iconic Architecture: 10 Must-Know Modern Homes
On some days it seems that modern architecture has 10 times as many detractors as proponents, even though the movement has influenced a great deal of residential architecture — from open floor plans to means of construction. Some of the dislike for...
19th-Century Gem: The Glessner House Bucks Tradition
Architectural history is full of architects whose abilities were appreciated when they were alive, but very few who have a style named after them. Henry Hobson Richardson (1838–1886) is one who does. He is best known for Trinity Church (1877) in Boston,...
Experience the Holidays at Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio
Every holiday season the Oak Park, Illinois, home of Frank Lloyd Wright is decorated as it would have been in the early 20th century. Led by "junior...
Houzz Tour: Meet the Schoolhouse Saved By ‘The Birds’
The frightening movie scene is familiar to people around the world: After a string of strange and increasingly violent bird attacks, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) goes to the local school to fetch Cathy (Veronica Cartwright), the young sister...
Houzz Tour: San Francisco’s Haas-Lilienthal House
For 128 years the large house has stood at the intersection of Franklin and Jackson streets in San Francisco, and time has done little to diminish the beauty of the Queen Anne–style Victorian with its distinctive witch’s cap turret and its elaborate...
Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Triumph Returns
Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie-style houses are some of the most recognizable pieces of residential architecture of the 20th century. Realized mainly in the first decade of the last century, the houses have low-pitched roofs, horizontal windows, brick walls...
Must-Know Modern Homes: Edith Farnsworth House
Philip Johnson's Glass House and Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House are very similar, but their small differences are dramatic. Each is a glass box with...
Must-Know Modern Homes: The Glass House
Philip Johnson was one of the most well-known architects of the 20th century, but also one of the most controversial — he called himself a whore, and he was a proponent of architecture styles but abandoned them easily. The 47-acre estate for himself...
Must-Know Modern Homes: Eames House
Charles and Ray Eames were two of the most influential designers of the 20th century, having produced a number of iconic pieces of furniture that most modern homes cannot be without. The husband and wife team did not limit themselves to furniture, though....
Must-Know Modern Homes: Villa Mairea
Along with Frank Lloyd Wright, Finnish architect Alvar Aalto stands out for being a modern architect with a highly personal style that blends the historical and the contemporary. But unlike Wright, who was born less than a decade after the end of the...
Must-Know Modern Homes: Gropius House
Along with Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe and Frank Lloyd Wright, Walter Gropius (1883–1969) is considered one of the masters of modern architecture. His buildings are not as widely known as those of the other three architects, but his role as an educator...
Must-Know Modern Home: Villa Savoye
In the 1920s Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965) developed his influential Five Points Toward a New Architecture through articles in the journal L'Esprit Nouveau and a series of residential commissions. These culminated in 1931...
Must-Know Modern Homes: The Lovell Beach House
The early 20th century was a time of architectural manifestos — see, for example, the De Stijl group's manifesto discussed in an ideabook on a previous Must-Know Modern Home, the Rietveld...
Must-Know Modern Homes: The Rietveld Schröder House
In November 1918 the De Stijl group, headed by artist Theo van Doesburg, published its first manifesto, eight points aimed at abandoning tradition in favor of the organic combination of architecture, sculpture and painting. The name De Stijl, which is...
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