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


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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

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Lecture report: Remembering Richard Neutra

Hôtel Mezzara and the Guimard Museum project

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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

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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

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Work in Progress: Casa Vicens

Work in Progress: Van Wassenhove House

Work in Progress: Villa Cavrois

Work in Progress: The Pearlroth House

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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

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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

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Barragán House on Screen

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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

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Publication date 25 July 2022

Icon Saved: Dorchester Drive House

Rare South London Art Deco house saved from demolition

10 Dorchester Drive, in the Herne Hill area of South London. Image: Hamptons. 

This article by the C20 Society was originally published on C20 Society's website.

A remarkably well-preserved Art Deco house in South London has been saved from demolition, after an urgent intervention by C20 Society and the rare use of a Building Preservation Notice (BPN). 10 Dorchester Drive in Herne Hill was built in 1935-36 by Leslie H Kemp and Frederick E Tasker in collaboration with the builders Messrs. Morrell. The house is based on the architects’ winning design for the Daily Mail Ideal Home Exhibition in 1934, which was exhibited in a setting titled ‘Village of Tomorrow’ and is one of only two known examples in the UK.

Having been in the same ownership for 60 years, the property was recently sold and, in a borough with some of the highest average house prices in the capital, its current unlisted status inevitably attracted the interest of property developers.
After lobbying by C20 Society, the Herne Hill Society and a raft independent experts, Lambeth Council yesterday agreed to issue a BPN, ahead of a listing assessment by Historic England.

The house sits in a small cluster of significant 20th century properties, with listed Art Deco Dorchester Court and 10 Dorchester Drive immediately opposite. Image: Hamptons. 

A BPN is issued by a local authority upon un-listed buildings of special architectural or historic interest. It’s a relatively underused tool that provides interim protection for a building prior to a listing assessment – something conservation bodies have long been calling for.
The notice clarifies that: ‘If works are carried out to the building without obtaining listed building consent, you will be liable to criminal prosecution’
This extends not just to outright demolition, but also alterations to any fittings and fixtures that might materially affect the heritage value of the property. After coming into force with immediate effect, the BPN then remains in place for six months, until the Secretary of State decides either to list the building, or that it doesn’t meet the criteria for listing.
For local authorities and those interested in pursuing a BPN for other buildings at risk, more information is provided in the Historic England website.

Illustration from the 1934 Ideal Home Exhibition sales brochure. Courtesy of the Herne Hill Society. 

The Herne Hill house sits in a small cluster of significant 20th century properties, with Dorchester Court and 5 Dorchester Drive immediately opposite, both of which are already Grade II listed.
As the lavishly illustrated promotional material from 1934 describes, “On approaching the front of the house, the impression is of dignified simplicity”. It boasts of a 40-foot ballroom that comes from combining the lounge, hall and dining room, and remote-control wireless technology in every room.
Of the bathroom, a key original surviving feature, it describes “a coloured porcelain bath of the finest and most modern design, fitted with chromium plated fitments and a recessed soap dish” with “walls panelled in vitrolite and glass of varying colours” and “an outstanding feature – a separate shower enclosure”
Meanwhile a ‘sun balcony’ occupies the flat roof of the building and “will be welcomed by sunbathing enthusiasts”, and the huge bay window – a sweeping semi-circle of glass – stands out from the main building to “trap every ray of sunshine”.

The bathroom, ‘of the finest and most modern design’, with coloured porcelain, chromium plated fittings and walls panelled in vitrolite and coloured glass. Image: Hamptons. 

Professor Deborah Sugg Ryan (University of Portsmouth), a design historian, author, and the acknowledged expert on the Ideal Home Exhibition, said:
“This is one of the few surviving houses based on a show home exhibited at the Ideal Home Exhibition. It is the best example I have ever come across of this combination of International Style (which had previously been associated with avant garde patrons) and Moderne that British builders experimented with in the mid 1930s, when the market for speculative housing had reached saturation point.
This style was intended to reduce costs through its simplified form and construction and to appeal to marginal market groups. Though by the late 1930s, this particular Moderne style had more or less disappeared from the mass market.
Dorchester Drive has a remarkably intact original exterior and interior with superb examples of windows, mouldings, fixtures, fittings, built-in furniture, and other decorative features. The vitrolite bathroom is particularly notable.”

Image: Hamptons. 

C20 Caseworker Coco Whittaker said:
“This is a really special built example of a 1930s ‘ideal home’ showhouse, designed to promote modern design and a modern way of living. One of only two known to exist in England, it is a rare survivor and really ought to be listed. We’re relieved that the local authority has responded quickly to our concerns and served a Building Preservation Notice, and we wait now with bated breath to hear Historic England’s recommendation on our listing application”.

The case has echoes of the recent case of 57 Marine Drive in Rhos-on-Sea, a small seaside Art Deco house that was controversially approved for demolition in January. Despite a vigorous and widespread campaign to save the property, local councillors ultimately sided with developers, prompting debate in the Senned (Welsh Parliament) on the role of Cadw, the Welsh heritage body.

Illustration from the 1934 Ideal Home Exhibition sales brochure. Courtesy of the Herne Hill Society. 

The latest news is that the the celebrated Herne Hill Art Deco house is listed.

Follow this link to check out C20 Society's website.

Publication date 25 July 2022