Docomomo supports research and case studies to advance both the knowledge and conservation of modern movement buildings and sites. For more information on Docomomo initiatives in the US and abroad, click below:
Docomomo Conferences & Seminars
Docomomo US reviews and compiles a directory of relevant external resources for modern movement built-heritage. The list below includes a wide range of media, available in print or on the web.
- E-Books & Articles
- Films & Video
- Photography & Images
- Social Media
Archive of the ground-breaking magazine, published 1945-1967, that created the Case Study House program.http://www.artsandarchitecture.com
The Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design in Berlin is concerned with the research and presentation of the history and impact of the Bauhaus (1919-1933), the most important school of architecture, design, and art of the 20th century.
It is the most complete existing collection focused on the history of the school and all aspects of its work and is accessible to all. The collection is housed in a building drafted by Walter Gropius, the founder of the school.
The Chicago Architects Oral History Project documents the contributions of architects to Chicago during the 20th century. Included in the collection are Skidmore, Owings & Merrill partners and associates, students and colleagues of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, members of the Chicago Seven, principals of second- and third-generation architectural and engineering firms, and architects who defy classification. The work described in these interviews ranges from suburban homes to urban skyscrapers to institutional and public buildings and beyond. Most of the oral histories also provide a perspective on American architectural education, especially the influences of the Beaux-Arts and Bauhaus curricula. In addition, many of the interviewees speak of important collaborations with internationally renowned artists and architects on projects in Chicago and throughout the world.http://www.artic.edu/aic/libraries/caohp
Established in 1949, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) undertook more than 700 building projects across the country during its first three decades. This period of extensive federal growth coincided with the second wave of the Modern movement, with architects exploring technological advances with creativity and optimism.
GSA's most noted Modern buildings stand as striking landmarks designed by master architects. But economic goals often took precedence over architectural distinction, and the majority of 1950s, 60s, and 70s federal buildings reflect typical office design of the period.
In 2007, as part of the Historic Building Poster & Brochures Series, GSA issued a special set of posters and brochures highlighting selected federal modern-era buildings.
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections are among the largest and most heavily used in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Since 2000, documentation from the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) has been added to the holdings. The collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States and its territories.http://www.memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/habs_haer
The Historic Campus Architecture Project (HCAP) is a project of the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC). HCAP provides information about significant buildings, landscapes, campus plans, and heritage sites of American higher education and identifies sources for further research. Supported by grants from the Getty Foundation, the CIC HCAP website documents nearly 2,100 places of historical significance on private college and university campuses and includes nearly 5,000 images relating to these sites. On this site, web users can find institutions or places in a particular state or region; seek information about a specific type of architecture, designer, or time period; or gather data for future research.http://hcap.artstor.org/cgi-bin/library?a=p&p=home
The Marcel Breuer papers span the years 1920 to 1986 and measure 37.6 linear feet. They consist of biographical material, correspondence, business and financial records, interviews, notes, writings, sketches, project files, exhibition files, photographs, and printed material that document Breuer's career as an architect and designer. This material reflects the prolificacy and diversity of his creations, from tubular steel chairs to private residences, college campuses, factories, department stores, and international, municipal, and corporate headquarters and complexes.http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/marcel-breuer-papers-5596
The Modern Phoenix Neighborhood Network features photographic documentation, articles, mapping and discussion of classic midcentury design, art and architecture in Phoenix, Arizona.http://www.modernphoenix.net
PLAN59.com is a website dedicated to the commercial art of mid-century America.http://www.plan59.com
Archive of the modern architectural group to succceded CIAM (Congrès Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne) and influence the post-war period.http://www.team10online.org
Vermont Modern is dedicated to the identification, documentation and preservation of modernist architecture throughout Vermont.http://www.vermontmodern.com
Compiled by Professor Richard Longstreth of George Washington University, this bibliography covers the commercial building types that traditionally distinguish American city and town centers, outlying business districts, and roadside development. These types include financial institutions, hotels and motels, office buildings, restaurants, retail and wholesale facilities, and theaters.
File » Longstreth_ Comm_Arch _Bib_2010.pdf
A bibliography produced by the Getty Conservation Institute and focused on English-language literature pertaining to the conservation of twentieth-century buildings and structures. A few non-English-language texts containing abstracts in English are also included.
File » Getty_Mod_Arch_Bib_2011.pdf
E-Books & Articles
Originally published in the fall of 2003, this Study by the U.S. General Services Administration focuses on the postwar architectural legacy of its building program. The study was updated and reprinted in March 2006. A PDF may be downloaded online.http://www.gsa.gov/graphics/pbs/GEMbook.pdf
Arapahoe Acres is the first post-World War II residential subdivision listed as a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed between 1949 and 1957, it is a community of 124 unique, modern homes. A variety of natural stone, brick, block, wood and glass join expressively, unified by an earthtone palette and horizontal forms. Broad streets, circles and landscaping provide sweeping, park-like views.http://www.arapahoeacres.org
The Cape Cod Modern House Trust was incorporated in 2007 to promote the documentation and preservation of significant examples of Modernist architecture on the Outer Cape.http://www.ccmht.org
Central Florida Modern is part of the the Nils M. Schweizer Fellows; a non profit corporation with a goal to promote awareness and seek the preservation of Central Florida's exceptional mid-century modern architecture.http://www.centralfloridamodern.com
Chicago Bauhaus & Beyond is a non-profit organization which celebrates and promotes 20th century modern architecture and design. Members encompass a diverse group of collectors, dealers, architects, designers, curators and enthusiasts.http://www.chicagobauhausbeyond.org
The Eichler Network began as a group supporting the nearly 11,000 homeowners in Northern and Southern California who own an 'Eichler' home. Eichlers are architect-designed mid-century modern homes built by merchant builder Joe Eichler between 1949 and 1974. Since then the Network has expanded its focus to include the thousands of mid-century homeowners in Sacramento and southern California who live in Streng Bros., Palmer & Krisel, Cliff May, and other Eichler-like mid-century modern classics. The Network supports a home-maintenance referral service of participating service companies (from remodeling to radiant heat and roofing maintenance) and products (from specially designed insulated windows to customized exterior siding).http://www.eichlernetwork.com
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation maintains its international headquarters at Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Arizona. As the organization founded by Wright to be the repository of his life’s work and ideas and the first to bear his name, the Foundation is engaged in a broad range of activities to preserve Wright’s legacy; provide opportunities for the public to learn about the principle ideas embodied in his work; increase public awareness of the importance of architecture to society and the individual; and stimulate a demand for excellence in architecture and design. The Foundation owns Taliesin West (designed 1937-59) and Taliesin (designed 1911-59) in Wisconsin. Both properties served as Wright’s personal homes, studios, and architectural laboratories and are integral to understanding his genius.http://www.franklloydwright.org
The Los Angeles Conservancy Modern Committee's focus is 20th century architecture and related fields which reflect the heritage of Modernism and popular culture. The Modern Committee plans tours, exhibitions and lectures, researches and nominates buildings for landmark designation, and serves as an advocate for Modern design.
Miami Design Preservation League is a non-profit organization devoted to preserving, protecting, and promoting the cultural, social, economic, environmental and architectural integrity of the Miami Beach Architectural Historic District.http://www.mdpl.org
The Mies van der Rohe Society, based in Chicago, seeks to preserve the architect's legacy while supporting his signature work for the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology. The Society's website provides building biographies, sketches, models, 3D renderings, and photographs that showcase the buildings Mies designed.http://www.miessociety.org
The Modernist Studies Association (MSA) provides an interdisciplinary forum for the exchange of recent research by scholars of Modernism. The official journal of the MSA, Modernism/modernity, is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.
Since that time, the annual conference has aimed to provide such a forum, as has the official journal of the MSA, Modernism/modernity, published by the Johns Hopkins University Press.http://www.msa.press.jhu.edu
A group of individuals, agencies, facilities and programs organized in December 1998 to promote the identification, documentation, preservation and education of people about the New Deal visual and performing arts, literature, crafts, structures and environmental projects.http://www.newdeallegacy.org
The Palm Springs Modern Committee (PS ModCom) is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to maintaining the heritage of modern architecture and historic neighborhoods in Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. Goals include community education, outreach, and advocacy in creating a constituency for the appreciation and preservation of Desert Modern design.http://www.psmodcom.com
The Paul Rudolph Foundation was established in 2002 by a group of friends, colleagues and former associates with the intent to further the preservation, knowledge and understanding of the work of one of the important late modernist architects and educators, Paul M. Rudolph (1918-1997).http://www.paulrudolph.org
Located in Manitoga, New York, the Russell Wright Design Center's mission is to preserve the legacy of pioneer designer Russel Wright — his home, landscape, products, archives and philosophy — and share them with professionals and the public. Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center preserves and protects Russel Wright's Home, Studio and Woodland Garden at Manitoga as a learning laboratory about the importance of living in harmony with nature and the value of good design in everything and for everyone.http://www.russelwrightcenter.org
The mission of the Society for Industrial Archeology (SIA) is to encourage the study, interpretation, and preservation of historically significant industrial sites, structures, artifacts, and technology. By providing a forum for the discussion and exchange of information, the Society advances an awareness and appreciation of the value of preserving our industrial heritage.http://www.sia-web.org
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities. The NTHP provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.http://www.preservationnation.org
Photography & Images
Prior to its destruction in June 2011, the Phillis Wheatley Elementary School served the historic New Orleans African-American neighborhood of Tremé since it opened in 1955. Evan Mather's poetic eulogy for the structure documents its innovative, regionally-expressive modern design which was celebrated internationally. Following the school's damage during the storms and levee breach of 2005, the Louisiana Chapter of Docomomo US advocated for the building's rehabilitation.http://vimeo.com/23565526
From its founding in 1919 until its forcible closure by the Nazis in 1933, the multi-disciplinary design workshop known as the Bauhaus attracted an amazing roster of faculty and students - Anni and Josef Albers, Herbert Bayer, Marcel Breuer, Lyonel Feininger, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and László Moholy-Nagy. Most of these luminaries resettled in America, where they established new design schools and trained generations of students.
This documentary by Cliofilm traces the history of the Bauhaus and includes interviews with Anni Albers, Edward Larabee Barnes, James Ingo Freed, Bertrand Goldberg, Michael Graves, Helmut Jahn, Sidney Janis, Philip Johnson, Gyorgy Kepes, I.M. Pei, Stanley Tigerman, and Tom Wolfe.http://www.mindspring.com/~cliofilm/
Metropolis Magazine produced this video prior to the impending demolition of Paul Rudolph's Riverview High School. The video's focus on the design ingenuity of the Sarasota School of architects - including day-lighting, natural ventilation, sun-screens, and shade-giving plantings - emphasizes the regional sensitivity of modern architecture and the importance of its legacy.http://vimeo.com/9760064
Docomomo US and our chapters mantain individual Facebook pages were people can connect and keep up with events and happenings. The entire list of Docomomo US chapter pages can be found by clicking on About in the national page.