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Modern Houses – 20th Century Homes

20th Century Home Images, Examples of key Properties & Discussion

post updated 2 Oct 2020

Introduction to Modern Houses

Modern Architecture became linked to a certain genre of building and thus over time wasn’t really ‘modern’ anymore. Thus Modern Houses (or Modernist Houses) suggests a certain style, not simply a ‘contemporary’ or ‘current’ construction.

Modern house
photo : Sara Sackner

Modern Architecture was associated with some great architects and some powerful countries and companies. It became the equivalent of the Classical Style in the Georgian period, ie the establishment architecture, the status quo. Since the seventies architecture styles have become more fractured and we have – amongst what could be termed contemporary architects – post-modernists, neo-modernists, deconstructivists, contextualists, expressionists and so on.

Modern American Homes – post from March 17th, 2016

Famous Modern Houses

Philip Johnson Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA
Philip Johnson Glass House
photograph courtesy The National Trust for Historic Preservation
Philip Johnson Glass House – various news updates

Apr 20, 2012
Martin House Complex, Buffalo, USA
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright House in Buffalo
photo : Biff Henrich / courtesy MHRC
Martin House Complex Buffalo
This is viewed as the most substantial and highly developed of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie houses in the Eastern United States – the property has National Historic Landmark status.

18 Nov 2011
Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion, Kent, England, UK
Design: Ewan Cameron Architects
Capel Manor House Guest Pavilion
image from architects
Capel Manor House
The brief was to design a guest pavilion comprising 2 bedroom suites that would sit adjacent to an Italianate orangery from 1860, on the grounds of Capel Manor House, an iconic modernist pavilion designed by Michael Manser in the late 1960s.

Modernist Houses – Recent Additions

Jan 15, 2016
Norman Lykes Home, Phoenix, AZ
Design: Frank Lloyd Wright
Date built: 1959-67
Norman Lykes home in Phoenix
image : Wikimedia Commons
Norman Lykes Home Phoenix

Jul 26, 2011
Houses of Sagaponac, Long Island, New York, USA
Bachman Wilson House, NJ designed by Frank Lloyd Wright:
Bachman Wilson House
photo from Brown Harris Stevens
Houses of Sagaponac
Luxury real estate firm Brown Harris Stevens announces “Houses of Sagaponac,” a modernist residential development. The project features a series of houses created by internationally recognized architects who were given the directive to achieve design excellence and push the envelope of contemporary architecture resulting in a community by and for thinking people.

Maison Louis Carré, Bazoches-sur-Guyonne, France
Dates built: 1956-1959/63
Design: Alvar Aalto, architect
Modern French House
photograph © Collection Maison Louis Carré
Maison Louis Carré

Villa La Roche, Paris, France
Date built: 1925
Design: Le Corbusier + Pierre Jeanneret
Modern Paris House
photo © Karavan
Villa La Roche : Le Corbusier design – added 12 Jun 2011

Miller House, Columbus, Indiana, USA
Design: Eero Saarinen – opens to public – added 10 May 2011
Miller House
photo Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Miller House Columbus : Eero Saarinen design
Miller House is one of the country’s most highly-regarded examples of mid-century Modernist residences and was designed by Eero Saarinen, with interiors by Alexander Girard, and landscape design by Dan Kiley. Members of the Miller family donated the house and gardens, along with many of its original furnishings, to the Museum.

New Photos of a significant Modern House

High & Over, England : 1930s house design by Amyas Connell, architect – added 25 Jun 2010
High & Over
photo : Morley von Sternberg
Modern English house – one of the first Modern houses in England
The design evolved as a Y-shaped plan to optimise views and sunlight for the property. There were no modern houses of quality in England at the time, but the architect had toured Europe and was aware of developments there. Concrete was the material that was regarded as ‘modern’ and the house was designed in concrete, but had to be redesigned as concrete frame with brick infill before local builders could face it. It was all rendered over to look like concrete.

10 Mar 2010
Villa Savoye, France : pictures of key Le Corbusier house as a ruin
Villa Savoye construction
photo © Vìctor Gubbins
Villa Savoye – Famous Modern House, in France

Further down this page we list classic Modern Houses by major architects, including Le Corbusier, Mies Van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Alvar Aalto, Pierre Chareau, Adolf Loos, etc.

Modern Houses Selection

Farnsworth House, USA
design by Mies van der Rohe, architect
Modernist House
image © gm+ad architects
Farnsworth House

Zimmerman House, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
one of many Modern houses by Frank Lloyd Wright
20th Century house
picture © Adrian Welch
Zimmerman House

Arango Residence, Acapulco, Mexico
design by John Lautner
Modern house
photo : Sara Sackner
Arango Residence

Villa Müller, Prague, Czech Republic
design by architect Adolf Loos
Adolf Loos house
photo : Martin Polak
Villa Müller, Prague

Tugendhat Villa Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
design by Mies van der Rohe Architect
Tugendhat Villa Brno
photograph from architects
Tugendhat Villa Brno

Casa Mila, Barcelona, Spain
design by Antoni Gaudí, Architect
Spanish house
photo © Adrian Welch
Casa Mila La Pedrera

Frognal Road House, North West London, England, UK
design by Max Fry, Architect
Frognal Road House
picture © Nick Weall
Frognal Road House

Beckhard House, Glen Cove, USA c.1964
design by Herbert Beckhard
Beckhard House
photo K. Wheeler

Rebhuhn House, Glen Cove, USA c.1938
design by Frank Lloyd Wright
Rebhuhn House
photo : Erik H. Neil

Lismhor House, Edinburgh, Scotland
design by Kininmonth & Basil Spence
Modern Houses Scotland
no larger picture

The Rink, Gifford, East Lothian, Scotland
design by Campbell & Arnott Architects
Scottish Modern House
picture from houseowner

Casa Batllo, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
celebrated Catalan house by Antoni Gaudí, architect
Casa Batllo
photo © Adrian Welch
Casa Batllo

More Modern houses online soon

Modern House : Key architects + titles of some Classic Modern Houses

New House Design : contemporary houses as opposed to simply 20th century houses

World Architects – principal designers:
Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier, Antoni Gaudi, Arne Jacobsen, Philip Johnson, Edwin Lutyens, Rennie Mackintosh, Richard Meier, Jorn Utzon, Mies Van der Rohe

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Prague Modern Buildings – Modernist house by architect Mart Stam:
Modern Prague house
house photograph © Adrian Welch

Modern Houses – No Images

Maison de Verre, Paris, France
Design: Pierre Chareau, Architect
Maison de Verre : aka Maison Dalsace / House of Glass – this Modern house appears in most key books on the History of Architecture

This page is about ‘Modern Houses’, not simply ‘Contemporary Houses’ or ‘Current Houses’. However, below are selected contemporary buildings (these now appear in full on the New Houses page).

More Modernist houses online soon

Modern Cambridge Houses, England, UK
Modern House Modernist Architecture
houses photographs © AW
11 Wilberforce Rd house by David + MM Roberts; house by Trevord Dannatt, Architect

Cambridge House – for more properties

European Modern Houses

Personal Note from the e-architect Editor:
My visit to Aalto’s Villa Mairea, finding the owners of the house were on holiday (shown round by the gardener) on a scholarship to study Modern Finnish Architecture in 2001 at the age of 19, has to be the highlight of my years as an architecture student.

Later, whilst working for Eva Jiricna Architects a group of us visited the office’s work in Brno and to see one of Mies van der Rohe’s best houses, the Tugendhat Villa. Mies designed many houses earlier in his career whilst in Europe. The Tugendhat Villa is one of the best modern houses I’ve visited. Adrian Welch, Architect

Modern House
Lismhor House – see link towards top of the page

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Major Architects + Titles of some Classic Modern Houses – property additions welcome

New Houses

American Houses

Contemporary Houses

Buildings / photos for the Modern Houses20th Century Properties page welcome