Add Your Favorite Modern Landmarks

Fallingwater's famous view

Credit: Krista Walton

What modernist landmarks did we leave out of the magazine's timeline? Which buildings from the modernist period and the recent past are among your favorites? Add yours to the list below.

1909 Robie House, Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago. The culmination of Wright's prairie style features a striking combination of intersecting and parallel planes.

1922 Schindler House, Rudolf Schindler, Los Angeles. Schindler was one of the many European modernists who migrated to California. His house blends a minimalist interior (which would be hugely influential) with the natural world beyond.

1923 La Roche-Jeanneret House, Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, Paris. With its geometrical combination of mass and light, the house epitomized Le Corbusier's "machine for living in" dictum and modern architects' interest in the mechanical age.

1926 Bauhaus, Walter Gropius, Dessau, Germany. This building, a concrete-and-glass expression of the Bauhaus movement, was recently restored.  

1929 Philip Lovell House, Richard Neutra, Los Angeles. Sleek and elegant, the white house, with panels of glass and concrete, is perched on a hillside, commanding a stunning view.

1936 Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright, Bear Run, Pa. This icon of concrete, steel, glass, and native stone, growing organically from the water and woodlands surrounding it, remains one of the most recognizable houses in America.

1939 Museum of Modern Art, Philip Goodwin and Edward Durell Stone, New York City. The six-story landmark was among the first significant International Style buildings erected in the United States.

1950 Glass House, Philip Johnson, New Canaan, Conn. The architect's glass-and-steel home bears the influence of Mies van der Rohe and is at once bold and serene.

1961 TWA Terminal, Eero Saarinen, New York City. The spirit of the jet age is captured in the interiors and the exterior massing of  this swooping, stylish structure.

1970 Brasilia Cathedral, Oscar Niemeyer, Brasilia, Brazil. This soaring, dramatic space stands in contrast to the federal buildings Niemeyer designed for the modernist Brazilian capital.

1983 Portland Building, Michael Graves, Portland, Ore. The Rose City's mammoth, 15-story structure was the poster child for postmodernism.

1989 Pyramid, I.M. Pei, Paris. Pei's glass pyramid in front of the Louvre, reviled by Parisians when completed, has now been embraced.

1997 Getty Center, Richard Meier, Los Angeles. Located atop a hill with views of the Pacific Ocean, the billion-dollar museum complex is a tram ride away from the freeways and congestion of L.A. 


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