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A Nonprofit 501C3 Educational Archive Documenting, Preserving, and Promoting Modernist Residential Architecture


The 1954 Catalano House in Raleigh NC, sadly destroyed in 2001. Photo by Ezra Stoller.

America’s mid-century Modernist houses are special. Yet these “livable works of art” are being torn down in record numbers – largely because buyers, sellers, and realtors don’t realize what they have – or how to preserve, repair, and protect them.  You can't save something if you don't know where it is or why it is important.


USModernist Overview (4 min)

USModernist.org is America’s largest open digital archive of residential Modernist houses and architects -- documenting 6,500 Modernist houses, past and present, built and unbuilt, of 20th century American residential design. 

The Masters Gallery archive covers nearly every Wright (Sr. and Jr.), Neutra, Lautner, Saarinen, Schindler, Williams (Paul and E. Stewart), Meier, Jones, Gwathmey and 40 other major Modernist architects. Researchers, buyers, sellers, agents, students, and journalists use the site every day.

The USModernist Radio podcast engages conversation with fascinating people who own, sell, create, love, and hate Modernist architecture. Featured guests include Paul Goldberger, Eric Lloyd Wright, Debbie Millman, Will Bruder, Kelly Lynch, Eames Demetrios, Raymond Neutra, Susan Saarinen, Alexandra Lange, Nathanial Kahn, Kate Wagner, and Sarah Susanka, and more. 

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The USModernist architecture magazine library houses 2.5 million pages (6,000+ issues) of nearly every major US design magazine since 1891, full editions all downloadable, searchable, and with free access to the public. The library includes Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture, Architectural Forum, House+Home, AIA New York Oculus, among many others.  Featured in:



USModernist is part of the North Carolina 501C3 nonprofit Modernist Archive Inc., recognized for leadership in historic preservation with 12 local, state, and national awards

  USModernist’s founder and Executive Director, George Smart, received 2016 AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative and Professional Achievement, one of their highest honors for a non-architect. He is the Producer and Host of USModernist Radio and speaks around the country as the Accidental Archivist.

Contacts: George Smart, george@usmodernist.org, 919.740.8407; Rebekah Laney, Development Director, rebekah@usmodernist.org, (865) 414-5800.

Updated 3.4.2019