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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 Stoller.

America’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. 

USModernist Overview (4 min)

You can't save something if you don't know where it is or why it is important.

 USModernist is part of the 501C3 nonprofit Modernist Archive Inc., recognized for leadership in historic preservation with 12 local, state, and national awards. 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 at:


The USModernist Radio podcast, now in it's 5th 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 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 Eric Saarinen, Alexandra Lange, Nathanial Kahn, Kate Wagner, Sarah Susanka, and many mo

DWELL named USModernist Radio #2 in their Top Nine design podcasts!  USModernist Radio has been featured at:


The USModernist Library is home to 2.6 million pages (6,000+ 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 Oculus, the Architectural Index, among many others. The USModernist Library has been featured at:



USModernist’s founder and Executive Director, George Smart, received 2016 AIA Institute Honors for Collaborative and Professional Achievement, their highest award for a non-architect. He is the host of USModernist Radio and speaks around the country to design, museum, and real estate organizations. 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 discussio panels, and hosting the USModernist Compound at the Hotel Skylark.

Contacts: George Smart, Executive Director, george@usmodernist.org, 919.740.8407

Rebekah Laney, Development Director, rebekah@usmodernist.org, 865.414.5800 

Updated 8.13.2019