Architecture Magazine Library


We scan design magazines and make them freely available to the public - in text- searchable, printable, and downloadable pdfs. Do you have old architecture and design magazines in your attic, basement, office, storage unit, or library? We'll pay for shipping. Here's what we are missing.  Email George Smart at george@usmodernist.org or call 919.740.8407. Contact us to report link errors - or underwrite the Library

MagazinesWelcome to the USModernist┬« Library, the world's largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines, with over 4 million downloadable pages - all free to access.  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

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, their houses largely forgotten and often needlessly destroyed. 

Major donors include: Smithsonian Institution, Paul Rudolph Heritage Foundation, University of Hawai'i Manoa, Atomic Ranch, Philip Kennedy-Grant, AIA New York, AIA Virginia, AIA North Carolina, AIA Indiana, AIA National, Savannah College of Art and Design, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Cranbrook, Baltimore Museum of Art, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Ben Taylor, Christine Madrid French, Robert Keil, Julie Taylor, Michael Raso, Bill Ruggieri, and the IIT CoA PhD Program in Architecture
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To find a specific Modernist house, put the architect name in quotes, plus the owner's last name:  "richard neutra" chuey.  To find a specific address, omit the street type (Rd, Dr, Way) and put in quotes, plus the city: "1502 Sharon" Charlotte.  This search includes all magazines plus all content on usmodernist.org.

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Esoteric Modernist Magazines 1890-1939

Smithsonian Design Museum (aka Cooper Hewitt) Online Collection