The USModernist® Library is the
world's largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines with approximately 2.8 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.
If you have old
architecture and design magazines in your attic, basement, office, or
library, we will scan them and make them available to the
public. We'll even pay for shipping, if you check with us first.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
Contact us to:
Report link errors
b) Contribute magazines we need
(here's the list)
Contribute better scans of magazines we already have
funds to so we may acquire more magazines
Sponsor the Library
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
State and Regional
Older (US and Intl)
Royal Architectural Institute Of Canada Journal
Esoteric Modernist Magazines 1890-1939
Smithsonian Design Museum (aka Cooper Hewitt) Online Collection
Major donors include: Atomic Ranch, Philip Kennedy-Grant, AIA New York, AIA Virginia, AIA
Chicago, AIA North Carolina, AIA National, the Savannah College of Art and
Design, Robert Keil, Julie Taylor, Michael Raso, Palm Springs Museum of Art, Cranbrook,
the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Ben Taylor, Christine Madrid French,
the Smithsonian Institution, and Bill Ruggieri.