Sleep in a Modernist Gem – Huis Billiet in Bruges

Rietveld Day: 200 Enthusiasts Explored 3 Utrecht Icons

Iconic Houses in The Netherlands - 100 Years Van Zessen House

The Last House Designed by Adolf Loos Will Be Built in Prague

Icons of the Czech Avantgarde

Icon for Sale - Casa Legorreta

Hurray! 10 Years Iconic Houses

7th International Iconic Houses Conference A Huge Success

Screenings 7 and 22 Oct. - Pioneers of the Dutch Modern House

Meet Conference Co-Chair Iveta Černá

Meet Conference Co-Chair Maria Szadkowska

Eighteen Iconic Houses Under One Roof

17 June - 'Pioneers-film' Screening Amersfoort

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

21 September 2019

Lecture report: Remembering Richard Neutra

  • Museum House, Museum Het Schip, Spaarndammerplantsoen Amsterdam, 1921. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Former Post Office, Michel de Klerk, 1913-1920, Spaarndammerplantsoen, Zaanstraat, Oostzaanstraat, Amsterdam. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Dinner prior to lecture in Museum Het Schip. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Guests having dinner at Museum Het Schip. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Lecture Raymond Neutra. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Lecture Raymond Neutra. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Introduction by Iconic Houses founder Natascha Drabbe. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Raymond Neutra. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Moderator Tracy Metz. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Museum House, Museum Het Schip, Spaarndammerplantsoen Amsterdam, 1921. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Former Post Office, Michel de Klerk, 1913-1920, Spaarndammerplantsoen, Zaanstraat, Oostzaanstraat, Amsterdam. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Dinner prior to lecture in Museum Het Schip. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Guests having dinner at Museum Het Schip. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Lecture Raymond Neutra. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Lecture Raymond Neutra. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Introduction by Iconic Houses founder Natascha Drabbe. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Raymond Neutra. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Moderator Tracy Metz. Photo Gerrit Serné.
  • Photo Gerrit Serné.

On 29 August, Raymond Neutra discussed his father’s relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright, based on research he carried out for his book, Cheap and Thin: Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, for a sold-out talk at Museum Het Schip. After emigrating to the USA in 1923 to work with Frank Lloyd Wright, Neutra became one of the most influential architects of the last century.

The programme, initiated by Iconic Houses and jointly organized with Museum Het Schip and the John Adams Institute, consisted of a tour of the Amsterdam School museum home with its characteristic tower and the famous De Klerk post office in the Spaarndammerbuurt. A bite to eat followed at the museum, then a visit to the collection and the temporary exhibition of Museum Het Schip.

Raymond Neutra decided to pursue his own career in environmental medicine and epidemiology, but was influenced by his father’s interest in nature, physiology and design. The introduction to Raymond Neutra, by Iconic Houses founder Natascha Drabbe, can be found on the website of The John Adams Institute.

His lecture was illuminated by clips from the new documentary Neutra: Survival Through Design by the American filmmaker PJ Letofsky. And followed by a lively Q&A with him and the audience, moderated by John Adams Institute director Tracy Metz.

Listen to the lecture on the website of the John Adams Institute:


We asked Raymond Neutra to report on his visit to the Netherlands.

Raymond Neutra Reports:
In connection with my book Cheap and Thin: Neutra and Frank Lloyd Wright, I seized the opportunity on my 2019 trip to Europe, to see the work of other architects who were interested in using economic means to serve low income clients. With the help of Natascha Drabbe, Hans van Heeswijk, Jan Molema, Jos Praat and Peter van der Toorn, I visited early works of Jan Wils, and Jan Duiker near The Hague, Michel de Klerk in Amsterdam and Le Corbusier near Bordeaux. We saw late works of Gerrit Rietveld, private houses Bosschaert in Laren and Van den Doel in Ilpendam, near Amsterdam, and an inspired upgrading of utilitarian 1950’s housing in Bordeaux by Lacaton and Vassal.

I reacted with particular delight to Wils’ 1921 Papaverhof cooperative garden housing in The Hague, Duiker and Bijvoet’s 1931 Derde Ambachtsschool (Technical School) in Scheveningen and Rietveld’s late works. Despite the lack of ornamentation of the sort that titillated me at De Klerk’s Het Schip, Wils has created at Papaverhof a light- filled cozy set of spaces with easy access to the garden and neighborhood. The cooperative that owns the 128 units has been successfully operating for nearly a century.

De Klerk’s Het Schip also broke new ground by providing toilets a kitchen and more room than the grim single room slum dwelling displayed at the Het Schip Museum. However, I experienced them as dark and conventional spaces when compared to Papaverhof.

Le Corbusier’s Cité Frugès near Bordeaux on the other hand had its beginning through the charitable impulse of the industrialist Frugès. This was derailed by the Great Depression with a resulting troubled trajectory. Today some of the units have been faithfully restored while others have been altered in ways that would not please an architectural historian. The strong cubic elevations and the concrete sculptural fireplace and staircase banisters as well as the hoped for unconventional programmatic activities on the rooftops and garden spaces, meant that Le Corbusier’s personality hovered conspicuously over this project more than Wils seemed to me to do at Papaverhof. Lacaton and Vassal have cleverly constructed a connected stack of ample balconies on one side of existing housing blocks to afford residents new space with sliding doors to balconies.

I have been struck by the similar evolution in the intention and formal solutions in the careers of Gerrit Rietveld and my father. I asked Rietveld’s surviving collaborator Bertus Mulder if he ever heard Rietveld comment on my father’s work. He said “no”. Other than their likely meeting when my parents slept at the Schröder House in Utrecht in 1930, I cannot find anything in The Neutra or Rietveld archive suggesting that they communicated after that. Yet their ends and means strike me as eerily similar.


Documentary: Neutra Survival by Design, by PJ Letofsky, 2019. A comprehensive documentary into the life, work, and times of Austrian/American Architect Richard Neutra (1892-1970).


Posted 21 September 2019