About Us

For passionate architecture fans, which are many, Modernist houses evoke a true love. These houses connect people to nature and the land through carefully designed spaces that are relaxing, compelling, and utterly addictive. For many, Modernist houses are livable sculptures, and many of these mid-century sculptures are endangered. Their locations, often on prime real estate, can be worth much more than the houses, making demolition and development an attractive option.

Learn about USModernist's mission of documentation, preservation, and promotion of Modernist Houses.

By connecting detailed information, histories, and maps, we help Modernist houses in danger be purchased or otherwise preserved. We raise awareness about Modernist preservation and preserve the legacy of exceptional design for future generations. We have been recognized with 18 awards for local, state, and national leadership in historic preservation, giving thousands of people access to the most exciting residential architecture, past and present. We connect people with their past or their future dream homes and preserve histories for future generations. We started as Triangle Modernist Houses in 2007 and became a nonprofit 501C3 in 2009. By 2013, the project expanded statewide to become NCModernist®. In 2015, we launched the national site USModernist® which hosts national and international tours; the largest open digital archive of Modernist houses and architects in America; an architecture magazine library, and the USModernist Radio podcast

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George Smart HAIA, CEO. His wife refers to this project as "a 16-year seizure."

Michela O'Connor Abrams, Chief Advancement Officer. We won't DWELL on her design experience.

Rebekah Laney, Development Director. She just left you a voicemail.  Call her back!

Angela Roehl, Tour Director. Books and leads exciting architecture tours. She really hates this.

Frank Harmon FAIA, National Affairs. Sends alerts when our fenestration needs a parti hat.

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Virginia Faust, Real Estate. Monitors iconic houses across NC day after day, for years.

Iva Kravitz, Communications. It's pronounced kray-vitz. She knows everybody.

Ron Gallagher, News Editor. He moniters our spelling, too.

Trevor O'Donnell, Social Media. By day, a walking Wikipedia on Palm Springs.

Michael Locke, Photography. He's shot over 5,000 houses in LA. With his camera.

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Carie Chesarino, Archivist. First day on the job, she solved a huge cold case.

Kelly Policelli, Archivist. Without a scuba tank, does amazingly deep dives into  project lists

Catherine Cramer, Research. She can find any Modernist house. Resistance is futile.


Modernist Archive Inc.
Board of Directors

Anne Stoddard, Sharon Glazener, George Smart, Eleanor Stell, Lesley McAdams, and Caterri Woodrum.


USModernist is a nonprofit educational archive, that provides donors, volunteers, and advocates the information and organization they require to passionately engage the documentation, preservation, and promotion of residential Modernist architecture. We document for nearly every iconic Modernist house in America. We educate the public to preserve Modernism through our archives, giving millions of people access to the most exciting and important residential architecture, past and present.

USModernist Advisory Board

Alex Bachrach, Publisher, Architectural Record; Brad Dunning; Robert Ivy FAIA, former CEO AIA; Crosby Doe, CEO, Crosby Doe Associates; Diane Bald; Elizabeth Timme, Director of Design, OfficeOf: Office; George Smart HAIA, CEO, USModernist; Jim White, SVP Human Resources, Paramount Pictures; Karen Okner, President, Design Collaborative; Kelly Lynch; Leo Marmol FAIA, Marmol Radziner; Meelena Turkel, Turkel Design; Michela O’Connor-Abrams, Chief Advancement Officer, USModernist; Monique Lombardelli Anton, CEO/Broker, Modern Homes Realty; Tim Ross, Writer-Performer-Filmmaker; Trina Turk; Zurich Esposito HAIA, Consultant