The 1954 Eduardo Fernando Catalano House in Raleigh NC (sadly destroyed), North Carolina's second most famous house after Biltmore. From left to right, some of the many kids who loved it: Smitty, Ginny, Bev, Pam, and Marty in a photo by legendary architecture photographer Ezra Stoller.

Documenting, Preserving, and Promoting Modernist Residential Architecture

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You cannot save something without knowing where it is or why it is important. USModernist is an award-winning nonprofit 501C3 educational archive for the documentation, preservation, and promotion of residential Modernist architecture. America's brilliant mid-century Modernist houses are livable works of art sadly torn down in record numbers, largely because buyers, sellers, and realtors do not realize the importance of what they have or how to preserve, repair, and protect these houses. With four major sections, 10,000 houses, and over 4 million pages of 20th-century architecture magazines, USModernist is America's largest open digital archive of Modernist houses and their architects.

What is a Modernist house? Modernist design is characterized by features such as combining traditionally separate common areas (like the living room and the dining room, for example), open interior floor plans with vaulted ceilings, large and numerous windows, flat or low pitch roofs, long exposed beams, extensive use of glass to bring in natural light, and unusual geometric forms. Early Modernist architects wanted to change the way people lived by making houses and objects more affordable through better materials, streamlined building, and family connectivity. Gone were formal living and dining rooms - instead, there was a large, single family space -- where kitchen, dining, and living rooms flow into each other - and smaller private bedrooms.