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Mr. Modernism’s Neighborhood: Exploring The Archives at is America’s largest open digital archive for midcentury Modernism. Executive Director George Smart , takes you on a tour. Each viewing directly supports the work of $10 (25 min)
Streaming until March 31, 2021
Category: AIA Continuing Education, Presentation, Talk


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Full Details is America’s largest open digital archive for midcentury modernism - with documentation and photos of over 8,000 iconic houses and over 3,000,000 pages of searchable, downloadable architecture and design magazines going back 130 years. It’s an architecture researchers dream!  

Want to learn more about the desert modernist architects who put Palm Springs in the forefront of midcentury modern architectural history?  Not sure who all of the architects were that were part of the famed Case Study program?  Did Marcel Breuer design a house in North Carolina? (Yes, as a matter of fact — and so did Southern California modernist Ray Kappe!)  Who exactly are the Harvard Five and why is New Canaan so well known to modernists because of them?   

All of your answers and more can be found in the extensive archives.  Take a look at the site, click on any of the architects images, and just see if you can avoid going down the proverbial internet rabbit hole for hours once you get there — it’s impossible not to.  Whether you're doing research, or if you’re just a die-hard architectural enthusiast, the archives — and the library now on line — will educate and entertain you. 

Join the award-winning nonprofit’s Executive Director, George Smart, aka Mr. Modernism, on an entertaining tour of the site’s vast, useful, and always free resources.  You’ll learn tips for searching plus how to easily start a Modernist documentation project in your town or community with just three things – and without any funding, advanced degrees, approvals, or committees. Everyone who watches Mr. Modernism’s Neighborhood will be directly donating to the USModernist Archives.  

If this initiative is something you think is worthwhile, go to  Click on the red DONATE square on the upper right of the home page and help support their work with whatever you can give. 


This program qualifies for .5 AIA/CES Learning Units (LU).

The organizer of this program is Modernism Week. This program is streaming through March 31, 2021.

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