Sleep in a Modernist Gem – Huis Billiet in Bruges

Icons of the Czech Avantgarde

7th International Iconic Houses Conference

Hurray! 10 Years Iconic Houses

Icon for Sale - Casa Legorreta

Meet Conference Co-Chair Iveta Černá

17 June - 'Pioneers-film' Screening Amersfoort

Meet Conference Co-Chair Maria Szadkowska

Eighteen Iconic Houses Under One Roof

2023 Tour Schedule - Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House Screenings

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Van Eesteren House Museum

Welcome Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky Zentrum in Vienna!

Welcome Vila Volman! Jewel of Czech Functionalism

Movie Night: Adolf Loos- Revolutionary Among Architects

'Inside Iconic Houses' Case Study House #26 Webcast in Webshop

Inside Iconic Houses at Taut’s Home in Berlin

Rediscovering Forgotten Loos Interiors in Pilsen

'Inside Iconic Houses' - Online Tour Program

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - The Diagoon House

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Rietveld Schröder House

Rietveld Houses Owners Association

Corberó Space: New Life for Hidden Jewel

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Pierre Cuypers' House and Workshops

Reeuwijk Celebrates Completion of Restoration Rietveld Homes!

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Van Doesburg Rinsema House

Welcome Rietveld's Van Daalen House!

Architect Harry Gessner Passed Away at 97

Watch Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House Now On Demand

Icon Saved: Dorchester Drive House

Welcome Umbrella House!

Iconic Houses in the Netherlands – Berlage’s Masterpiece

Welcome Atelier Volten!

SPECIAL – Iconic Dreams - Sleep in an Iconic House!

SPECIAL - Vacances en France!

SPECIAL - Casas Icónicas en España!

SPECIAL – German Greats!

SPECIAL – Dutch Delights!

SPECIAL – Northern (High)Lights!

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - Het Schip

Inside Iconic Houses - Tour of Maison Cazenave

Inside Iconic Houses Tours Vizcaya Museum & Gardens in Miami

Casa Masó Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Inside Iconic Houses tours Roland Reisley's Usonian Frank Lloyd Wright House

Rietveld’s Experimental Housing in Reeuwijk Saved

Serralves Villa after restoration

Portraits of the Architect - Interview with Gennaro Postiglione

Test Labs for New Ideas - Interview with Natascha Drabbe

Inside Iconic Houses - Isokon Building

Inside Iconic Houses - 16 December: Sunnylands with Janice Lyle

BCN-BXL Coderch-De Koninck - Beyond Time

New Chairman Architect Nanne de Ru on The Perfect Platform

Health and Home - Interview with Beatriz Colomina

A Life Less Ordinary – Interview with Valentijn Carbo

Invisible Women - Interview with Alice T. Friedman

Winy Maas on the Green Dip

Anita Blom on Experimental Housing of the 1970s

Women’s Worlds - Interview with Natalie Dubois

The Culture of Living - Interview with Robert von der Nahmer

Hetty Berens: A Fresh Take on Modernism

Niek Smit on Supporting Modern Heritage

Alice Roegholt on Amsterdam’s Working-Class Palaces

July is Iconic Houses Month

Hans van Heeswijk on The Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Wessel de Jonge on Dutch Icons at Risk

Save Maison Zilveli - Sign the Petition!

How a Building Tells a Story - Recorded Event

Toolkit for Owners of a Modern House

13 Aalto Sites Nominated for UNESCO World Heritage

Villa Beer At Risk - Sign the Petition!

Business Cards of Stone, Timber and Concrete in the Brussels Region 1830-1970

Exhibiting & Visiting Modernist Monuments

Fostering Well-Researched Responsible Design


Enjoy a virtual visit to the California House and a Q&A with architect Peter Gluck

Exhibition 'Modernism and Refuge'

A Hidden Gem of Postmodernism

New Centre for Historic Houses of India

An Online Chronicle of the Douglas House

Villa Henny, geometric style icon in The Netherlands

A Mendini temple in Amsterdam

IH-lectures USA & Canada Feb 2020 on Melnikov House

Sponsors and Friends

An Afternoon with the Glucks

Chandler McCoy on Making Modern Houses Sustainable

Catherine Croft: Getting Away from the Demolition Mentality in the UK

Patrick Weber on Discovering an Unknown Icon

Fiona Fisher on Iconic Interiors

Jocelyn Bouraly on Villa Cavrois

Mireia Massagué on finding success through a new kind of partnership

Danish Moderns – Looking Back at Our Mini-Seminar

Venturo house complements Exhibition Centre WeeGee’s offering

Lecture report: Remembering Richard Neutra

Hôtel Mezzara and the Guimard Museum project

We welcome 13 new members!

BREAKING NEWS: 8 Wright Sites Inscribed on Unesco World Heritage List!

LECTURE 29 August - Raymond Neutra: My Father and Frank Lloyd Wright

Iconic Reads

SPECIAL – Iconic Artist Residencies

Our Badge of Honour

SPECIAL – Women & Iconic Houses

SPECIAL – Iconic Housing

Iconic Houses End Year Message

City-ordered rebuild of landmark house stirs debate: Appropriate or overreach?

Kohlberg House Restoration in Progress

Planned Demolition of Rietveld Homes in Reeuwijk

Renovation Gili House in Crisis

An Iconic Saga

Restoring Eileen Gray’s Villa E-1027 and Clarifying the Controversies

Modernism on the East Coast

Iconic Houses in Latin America

Conference testimonials

House Tours May 2018 

Expert Meetings

Natascha Drabbe - Iconic Houses: The Next Chapter

Terence Riley -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Philip Johnson

New era for Villa E-1027 and Cap Moderne

Hilary Lewis on Philip Johnson and his Glass House

John Arbuckle on Great House Tours

William D. Earls on the Harvard Five in New Canaan

Stover Jenkins on Working for Philip Johnson

Frederick Noyes on his Father’s House

Scott Fellows and Craig Bassam on their Passion for Preservation

Jorge Liernur -KEYNOTE SPEAKER- on Latin American Modernism(s)

Fabio Grementieri on Modernism in Argentina

Catalina Corcuera Cabezut on Casa Luis Barragán

Renato Anelli on Lina Bo Bardi’s Casa de Vidro

Tim McClimon on Corporate Preservation

Amanda Nelson on Building Donor Relationships

John Bacon on Planned Giving

Jean-Paul Warmoes on the Art of Fundraising in America

Chandler McCoy on Why Less is More

Katherine Malone-France on Moving with the Times

Anne Mette Rahbæk on Philanthropic Investments and Preservation

Peter McMahon on Saving Modern Houses on Cape Cod

Toshiko Kinoshita on Japanese Modern Heritage Houses

Roland Reisley on Life in a Frank Lloyd Wright House

5th Iconic Houses Conference May 2018

Kristin Stone, Pasadena Tour Company

Restoring the past: The Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo Home Studio

Behind the Scenes: Hendrick de Keyser Association

Crosby Doe, Architecture for Sale

Latin America Special – Focus on Mexico

De Stijl in Drachten

Preserving the Nancarrow House-Studio

Meet the Friends - Nanne de Ru

Latin America Special – Focus on Brazil

Jan de Jong’s House is Latest Hendrick de Keyser Acquisition

Stay in a Belgian Modernist Masterpiece

In Berlin’s Modernist Network

Rietveld-Schröder House Celebrates De Stijl Anniversary

Meet Our New Foundation Board Members

Maintaining Aalto's Studio – Linoleum Conservation

Virtual Tour of a Papaverhof Home in 3D

Getty Grant for Villa E-1027

Plečnik House in Ljubljana

Iconic Dacha

Iconic Houses: A Bohemian Road Trip

Work in Progress: Capricho de Gaudí

11 Le Corbusier Homes now on Unesco World Heritage List

At home with Le Corbusier

Henry van de Velde’s Study in Haus Hohe Pappeln Restored

Lynda Waggoner reports

A Conference to Remember

4th International Iconic Houses Conference

Guest of Honor - Harry Gesner

Fallingwater: European Lecture Tour

Wright Plus 2016 Walk

Susan Macdonald, Getty Conservation Institute

John Mcllwee, Garcia House

Meet the Friends – Elisabeth Tostrup

Iconic Houses: The Story So Far

Willie van Burgsteden, designer Iconic Houses

Buff Kavelman, Philanthropic Advisor

Meet the Friends - Frederick Noyes

Sheridan Burke, GML Heritage

Meet the Friends - Raymond Neutra

Sidney Williams, Frey House

Franklin Vagnone and Deborah Ryan, Museum Anarchists

Meet the Friends - James Haefner

Toshiko Mori, architect

Malachi Connolly, Cape Cod Modern House Trust

Meet the Friends - Penny Sparke

Lucia Dewey Atwood, Eames House

Cory Buckner, Mutual Housing Site Office

Jeffrey Herr, Hollyhock House

Speaking Volumes: Building the Iconic Houses Library

Sarah Lorenzen, Neutra VDL Studio and Residences

Ted Bosley, Gamble House

Keeping It Modern - Getty Conservation Grants

Meet the Friends - Thomas Schönauer

Wim de Wit, Stanford University

Linda Dishman, Los Angeles Conservancy

Jesse Lattig, Pasadena Heritage

Join us in Los Angeles! Update

Work in Progress: Casa Vicens

Work in Progress: Van Wassenhove House

Work in Progress: Villa Cavrois

Work in Progress: The Pearlroth House

Conference calls!

Follow us!

Third Iconic Houses Conference a huge success

Conference House Tours Barcelona

Marta Lacambra, Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera

Natascha Drabbe, Iconic Houses Foundation

Special speaker Oscar Tusquets

Jordi Tresserras, UNESCO Network ‘Culture, tourism and development’

Christen Obel, Utzon Foundation

Elena Ruiz Sastre, Casa Broner

Fernando Alvarez Prozorovich, La Ricarda

Tim Benton, Professor of Art History (Emeritus)

Susana Landrove, Docomomo Spain

Rossend Casanova, Casa Bloc

Conference Program 25 November 2014

Jordi Falgàs, Casa Rafael Masó

Documentary La Ricarda

Marga Viza, Casa Míla/La Pedrera

Celeste Adams, Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

Conference 25 November 2014 at La Pedrera

Henry Urbach, The Glass House

Victoria & Albert Museum London November 12

Tommi Lindh, new director of the Alvar Aalto Foundation and Museum

Iveta Černá, Villa Tugendhat

Lynda Waggoner, Fallingwater

Kimberli Meyer, MAK Center

Rent a house designed by Gerrit Rietveld

Barragán House on Screen

Gesamtkunstwerk – An Icon on the Move

Triennale der Moderne 27 September - 13 October 2013

Prestigious Art Nouveau mansions in Brussels open

September 14 + 15: Heritage Days in Paris

June's New Arrivals: Museum Apartments

Iconic Houses is now on Twitter and Facebook

Corbu’s Cabanon: Reconstruction and Lecture

Projekt Mies In Krefeld: Life-sized model of the Krefeld Clubhouse

New arrivals: Spain special

MAMO: Le Corbu’s ‘Park in the Sky’ open 12 June

Taut's Home wins Europa Nostra Award

Annual Wright Architectural Housewalk: 18 May

Frank Lloyd Wright Homes on Screen

Message from the Editor

Neutra’s House on Screen

Michel Richard, Fondation Le Corbusier

Symposium The Public and the Modern House

Melnikov House on Screen

Iconic Houses in the media

Message from the Editor

Round Table Review

Eileen Gray House on Screen

Copy Culture

At Home in the 20th Century

New 20th century Iconic Houses website launches

Philippe Bélaval, Centre des monuments nationaux

16 September 2020


New Centre for Historic Houses of India

The Centre for Historic Houses is part of the School for Art & Architecture at OP Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. They preserve, research, document, revitalize and promote historic houses, their interiors, collections, objects, inhabitants, environment and culture as well as the associated creative industries. As such the centre is an interdisciplinary effort drawing support from the diverse expertise and research interests of the faculty at O.P. Jindal Global University ranging from law, to business, architecture, international affairs, journalism to liberal arts.

One of the main aims of is the Centre for Historic Houses of India is the development of innovative management schemes for historic monuments and sites with a focus on family owned properties. It provides a platform for the exchange of expertise and ideas relating to historic houses. The centre is dedicated to advocacy and to the development of partnerships between higher education, owners of historic houses and heritage experts to foster knowledge exchange and entrepreneurship stimulating economic growth through tourism and local business in the heritage sector, the built environment and associated creative industries. It also focuses on non-visitor related business schemes for historic houses -something they particularly accentuate during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Princely Palaces of Delhi

To date, Iconic Houses had some of the modernist houses of the 20th century in India on the radar, such as the Villa Shodan in Ahmedabad (1951-56) by Corbusier with Balkrishna Doshi, the Villa de Madame Manorama Sarabhai in Ahmedabad (1951) by Le Corbusier and the house of Le Corbusier’s cousin and collaborator, Pierre Jeanneret (House N. 57), designed by Jeanneret in 1954 in Chandigarh, which can be visited nowadays as the Pierre Jeanneret House Museum.

Villa Shodan, Le Corbusier, Ahmedabad, 1951-’56. Photo: John Gollings ©. 

Villa Sarabhai, Le Corbusier, Ahmedabad, 1951-1955. Photo Architectural Digest India. 

Pierre Jeanneret House Museum, designed by Jeanneret in 1954, Chandigarh. Photo The Heritage Lab.

According to Dr. Esther -aka Mimi- Schmidt, Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Historic Houses, there are a number of interesting buildings dating to the 20th century. ‘Some of them are accessible to the public but the concept of historic house museum is still rare. One of the best-known houses would be the former President's Estate, Rashtrapati Bhavan (aka Viceroy House) by Sir Edwin Lutyens in New Delhi (1929). It is now used by the Indian president but it is possible to book guided tours. The former horse stables and car garage as part of the complex have been transformed into a museum. The Centre for Historic Houses of India is currently developing heritage interpretation schemes for the building.’

Rashtrapati Bhavan, Sir Edwin Lutyens, New Delhi, 1929. Credit: ThinkStock Photos. 

‘At around the same time several princely palaces were built in the vicinity - some of them by Sir Edwin Lutyens as well, others by the architect Charles G. Blomfield- such as Bikaner House New Delhi or Jaipur House. Bikaner House is the former residence of the Maharajah of Bikaner State. Jaipur House is an art museum and Bikaner House is used for exhibitions and various other cultural events - the former princely houses are now in the possession of the state governments (the former princely states).

Bikaner House, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Delhi, 1939. Image source: 

The National Gallery of Modern Art at Jaipur House in Delhi. Architect Arthur Blomfield, 1936. File photo: IANS. 

Some of these palaces can also be found on Google’s Arts and Culture.

Centre for Historic Houses of India
The centre for Historic Houses champions the idea of design and social entrepreneurship connecting historic houses with the larger social and environmental questions of our world. It believes that especially in India the heritage sector must be combined with development strategies and a concern for local communities. The centre has formed alliances with heritage organizations and academic institutions and owners of historic houses worldwide. It offers a platform for owners of the historic houses of India and abroad and also organises workshops. While the focus is on historic houses and heritage in India the centre is committed to more general aspects of global heritage and topics related to the built environment and society allowing for meaningful connections with the scholarly community and the heritage sector globally to share research and best practices.

Activities: free online lecture series
The lecture series ‘Resilience: Historic Houses of India and their Custodians’ is organized every Friday at 8 pm IST by the Centre for Historic Houses of India, OP Jindal Global University, and moderated by Dr. Esther.

The series is part of the Centre’s 'Knowledge Transfer' initiative to offer a first-hand account of the life, architecture, art, and design of India’s historic houses and palaces told by the owners and family members or those responsible for their care, upkeep, and rejuvenation. This fascinating insight offers a glimpse behind palace doors not normally found in history books. Each historic property has a different and unique story, and it is the symbiosis between house, owners, and their interests and initiatives that shapes the context of communities - which has not received much attention. From heritage advocacy to protecting living heritage such as Marwari horses; or specific local martial arts to cuisine, education, crafts, sustainability, or innovative business ventures in the area of social entrepreneurship, the historic houses of India have a positive impact on society at large.

These popular lectures are attended by heritage enthusiasts, heritage professionals, academics, owners of historic houses, architects, designers and museum professionals from all over the world and you are invited to engage with the speakers, to visit these beautiful palaces and to get involved, offer consultancy, participate in initiatives or even invest in the social entrepreneurial campaigns to both help preserve and revive historic monuments while impacting local communities. The Centre for Historic Houses of India would also like to invite you to travel virtually with them to many beautiful palaces in India at a time when travel is not possible.

Online registration for these (free) lectures is possible using Eventbrite.

You can either “follow” the Centre on Eventbrite to receive regular invitations to its events or simply register for the particular lecture you are interested in. If you add the event to your online calendar such as outlook the time will automatically be adjusted to your time zone.

You can connect with the Centre online via:


Posted 16 September 2020