The 11 most threatened modern sites


Docomomo US staff


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Prompted by the recent demolition of Geller I, Docomomo US has selected 11 of of the most significant examples of Modern architecture from across the country that are at risk of being lost.

Developed by the Docomomo US Advocacy Committee with input from our chapters and colleagues across the United States, the list includes buildings in a range of styles designed by prominent architects such as Marcel Breuer, Paul Rudolph, Natalie de Blois, Hilario Candela, and Kevin Roche, as well as the firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Sasaki, Walker and Associates, and Geddes Brecher Qualls Cunningham, among others. 

In an article for Dezeen, Docomomo US Executive Director explained why now is a critical moment to draw attention to these at-risk modern sites:

"With land values high, owners and municipalities are looking to make the highest return on these investments by offloading properties or constructing something shiny and new. Many sites are now 50-70 years old and suffer from years of deferred maintenance and the perception they are obsolete. Combine that with a lack of understanding or interest in the design, and it is a recipe for disaster."

These are the country's 11 most significant threatened modern sites:

All of this year's chosen sites are advocacy efforts that have been taken up by Docomomo US. Here area a few ways that individuals can take action to document and protect sites of the Modern Movement:

Know of a threatened modern site? Reach out to us at