The National Trust and Modernism

The National Trust has long recognized the rich contributions of Modernism and recent past resources to our nation's heritage. Our acquisition of the Philip Johnson Glass House in 1986 and purchase of Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in 2003 testify to our commitment to stewarding and promoting great works of the Modernist movement. The National Trust has also been active in preserving the many treasures of Modernism and the recent past found along America's roadsides, in its metropolitan centers, and on Main Street. Our advocacy, technical assistance, and grant programs have helped save Modern and recent past resources as diverse as the Sumner School in Topeka, Kansas, historic Route 66 motels, and Lustron houses.

The National Trust has also focused attention on some of the most significant, and endangered, historic places from the recent past and the Modern design movement through its National Treasures, Historic Sites, and the annual list of America's Eleven Most Endangered Historic Places. Learn more about these special, and at risk, properties and how you can help preserve these hallmarks of the familiar past.

National Treasures

Historic Sites

America's 11 Most Endangered Places