Collection by Sarah Rich

Aerial Modernism


Some of the most famous modern buildings are now preserved as public landmarks, which anyone can visit and tour. Others remain private, viewed only through architectural photography and magazine features. Those that are in historical registries can at least be located on maps, which means through the magic that is Google Satellite, they can be seen from high above in the context of their landscape.

In this gallery we look at ten famous homes from the mid-20th century, designed by some of the greatest architects in history.

Richard Neutra's Lovell Health House was designed and built in the late 1920s in Los Angeles for doctor Philip Lovell.
Walter Gropius's Hagerty House (designed with Marcel Breuer) was built in 1938 in Cohasset, Massachusetts (and covered...
Charles and Ray Eames built their own home, known as Case Study House No. 8, in Pacific Palisades, California, in 1949.
Pierre Koenig's Case Study House No. 22 is perhaps best known through the famous photo taken by Julius Shulman of the...
Craig Ellwood's Hale House in Beverly Hills is another in the southern California modernist legacy.
Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, is one of the most classic and iconic houses among modernist...
John Lautner's 1960 Malin House—often referred to as the Chemosphere—captures the best of the retro-futuristic...
Philip Johnson's Glass House sits in the midst of the green expanse of New Canaan, Connecticut.
Marcel Breuer's Chamberlain Cottage was built in 1940 in Wayland, Massachusetts.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater is arguably the most famous work of 20th century American architecture known outside...