The USModernist Library is the largest open digital collection of
major US 20th-century architecture magazines with approximately 2.6 million downloadable pages - all free to access.
All across America, old architecture magazines are left rotting in attics, basements, libraries, and offices - if they haven't already been thrown away. In their day, these publications chronicled the best of Modernist architecture and the era's talented, progressive architects. Many of these mid-century Modernist architects and original Modernist clients have died. The rest are rapidly passing away. The houses are largely forgotten -- and often needlessly destroyed.
Access to legacy publications has never been more critical for preservation, and
now architects, realtors, owners, sellers, and buyers have an easy way to research
20th-century architecture magazine coverage.
Major donors include: Atomic Ranch, AIA New York, AIA Virginia, AIA
Chicago, AIA North Carolina, AIA National, the Savannah College of Art and
Design, Robert Keil, Michael Raso, the Palm Springs Museum of Art, Cranbrook,
the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Ben Taylor, Smith Sinnett, Duda Paine,
the Smithsonian Institution, and Clark Nexsen.
You can help complete this important documentation project by contacting us to:
a) Point out dead links or link errors
b) Contribute magazines
we need (here's the list)
c) Contribute better scans
of those we have
d) Help us acquire more magazines
e) Sponsor the Library
Click a logo to view magazines in PDF format. In Windows, right-click to save and download.
Magazine files are quite large. Depending on your connection speed, access may take a few minutes.