USModernist® is a Nonprofit 501C3 Educational Archive For the Documentation,
Preservation, and Promotion of Residential Modernist Architecture
The Eduardo Fernando Catalano House, sadly destroyed in 2001.
Photo by Ezra
brilliant mid-century Modernist houses are “livable works of art” torn down in record
numbers – largely because buyers, sellers, and realtors don’t realize
the importance of 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
USModernist Overview (4 min)
is part of the 501C3
nonprofit Modernist Archive Inc., recognized
for leadership in historic preservation with
13 local, state, and
With three major sections, USModernist
is America’s largest open digital archive of residential Modernist
houses and architects.
The USModernist Masters Gallery covers nearly every
house, built and unbuilt, by Frank Lloyd Wright (Sr. and Jr.), Neutra, Lautner, Saarinen, Schindler, Williams (Paul
and E. Stewart), Ain, Jones, Gwathmey and 60 other major 20th century Modernist architects.
The award-winning archive documents 7,000 Modernist houses and has been featured
The USModernist Radio podcast,
now in its 6th year, makes architecture accessible and entertaining through
engaging conversations with fascinating people
who own, sell, create, love, and hate Modernist architecture, the most
controversial buildings in the world. Featured
guests include Daniel Libeskind, Moshe Safdie, Josh Ramus, Tom Kundig, Marlon Blackwell,
Frank Harmon, Paul Goldberger, Eric Lloyd Wright, Debbie Millman,
Larry Scarpa, Kelly Lynch, Eames Demetrios, Raymond and Dion Neutra, Susan and
Alexandra Lange, Nathanial Kahn, Kate Wagner, Sarah Susanka, and many more.
named USModernist Radio the #2 architect and design podcast, and Atomic
Ranch rated us #1. USModernist Radio has been featured at:
The USModernist Library is
home to 2.8 million pages
(7,000+ issues) of nearly every major US architecture and design magazine since 1891, full
editions all downloadable, searchable, and free to access.
The extensive library includes Architectural Record, Progressive Architecture,
Residential Architect, Architectural Forum, House+Home, AIA New York, AIA
Virginia, AIA North Carolina, and the
Architectural Index, among many others. The USModernist Library has been featured at:
USModernist and NCModernist
founder and Executive Director,
received 2016 AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative and Professional
Achievement, their highest award for a non-architect. He is host of
USModernist Radio and
speaks around the country to design, museum, and real estate
In 2009, DWELL called him the Lorax of Modernist houses. George has written for Atomic Ranch and has been featured at:
USModernist is proud to participate each year at Modernism Week in Palm
Springs, celebrating with a huge benefit gala at the Kirk Douglas Estate, giving
public lectures and
serving on discussion panels, and hosting the USModernist Compound at the Hotel Skylark.
Most people don’t know North Carolina is the 3rd largest concentration
of mid-century Modernist houses in America. North Carolina’s brilliant
mid-century Modernist houses are “livable works of art” torn down in
record numbers – largely because buyers, sellers, and realtors don’t
realize the importance of 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. NCModernist.org is
North Carolina's largest open digital archive of residential Modernist
houses and architects, with documentation on over 2,400
houses and over 300
architects and designers, built and unbuilt.
NCModernist produces more than 30 events a year, including Modernist
tours across the Triangle, North Carolina, nationally, and
internationally; monthly design networking happy hours called Thirst4Architecture;
and three major initiatives to advance Modernist architecture in across the
• The George
encourages young architects, designers, and
their clients to continue North Carolina’s Modernist heritage.
connects rural high school drafting students with
the state's two major architecture universities through scholarship
opportunities, site visits, and speakers.
• The Legal
provides legal and technical assistance for
endangered Modernist houses.
Contacts: George Smart, Executive Director,
Rebekah Laney, Development