Architects' House Museums

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From Luis Barragán's Mexico City residence to the Alvar Aalto House in Helsinki, we share ten architects' dwellings that are now museums.

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Casa Luis BarraganGeneral Francisco Ramírez 12-14

Colonia Ampliación Daniel Garza México, D.F. 11840

casaluisbarragan.org

Luis Barragan built his house in 1948 and lived there until his passing in 1988. It's currently a UNESCO World Heritage site, the only personal property in Latin America that has achieved such a distinction. Considered a masterpiece in the development of the modern movement, the house is faithfully preserved just as Barragan lived there. It's among the most-visited works of modern architecture in Mexico City. Photo by: Alejandro Chavetta Photo  of Architects' House Museums modern homeView Photos

Casa Luis BarraganGeneral Francisco Ramírez 12-14

Colonia Ampliación Daniel Garza México, D.F. 11840

casaluisbarragan.org

Luis Barragan built his house in 1948 and lived there until his passing in 1988. It's currently a UNESCO World Heritage site, the only personal property in Latin America that has achieved such a distinction. Considered a masterpiece in the development of the modern movement, the house is faithfully preserved just as Barragan lived there. It's among the most-visited works of modern architecture in Mexico City. Photo by: Alejandro Chavetta

The drafting room is austere, though well lit and full of impressive joinery.

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Alden B. Dow House and Studio315 Post Street Midland MI 48640

abdow.org

Architect Alden B. Dow’s masterpiece is undoubtedly his home and studio in Midland, Michigan. Designed in 1933 to be built in stages, the sprawling manse seems to rise out of a pond, its green copper roof and bright-white, geometric form seemingly birthed by the landscape. It’s a nearly perfect evocation of a guiding Dow dictum, “Gardens never end, and buildings never begin.”

Alvar Aalto HouseRiihitie 20

Helsinki, Finland 00330

alvaraalto.fi

In 1934, Aino and Alvar Aalto acquired a site in almost completely untouched surroundings in the Munkkiniemi neighborhood of Helsinki, Finland. They started designing their own house which was completed in August 1936. The Aalto House anticipates the two-year younger Villa Mairea, a luxury residence where Aalto's creativity was able to come into full bloom. But in contrast to its larger sister, the Aalto House is a cozy, intimate building for living and working, designed by two architects for themselves, using simple uncluttered materials. Photo  of Architects' House Museums modern homeView Photos

Alvar Aalto HouseRiihitie 20

Helsinki, Finland 00330

alvaraalto.fi

In 1934, Aino and Alvar Aalto acquired a site in almost completely untouched surroundings in the Munkkiniemi neighborhood of Helsinki, Finland. They started designing their own house which was completed in August 1936. The Aalto House anticipates the two-year younger Villa Mairea, a luxury residence where Aalto's creativity was able to come into full bloom. But in contrast to its larger sister, the Aalto House is a cozy, intimate building for living and working, designed by two architects for themselves, using simple uncluttered materials.

The Eames house living room as it is best known, shot in 1994. The light from the window illuminates the tumbleweed the couple picked up on their honeymoon drive from Chicago to Los Angeles; due to its fragility it was the only item not to have been moved to the LACMA exhibition. Photo courtesy Tim Street-Porter. Photo  of Architects' House Museums modern homeView Photos

Eames House203 Chautauqua Blvd.

Pacific Palisades, California 90272

eamesfoundation.org

The Eames House, Case Study House #8, was one of roughly two dozen homes built as part of The Case Study House Program. Begun in the mid-1940s and continuing through the early 1960s, the program was spearheaded by John Entenza, the publisher of Arts and Architecture magazine.

Finn Juhl HouseKratvænget 15

Charlottenlund, Denmark

ordrupgaard.dk

Experience furniture designer and architect Finn Juhl's open-plan house and masterful integration of space and light. Photo  of Architects' House Museums modern homeView Photos

Finn Juhl HouseKratvænget 15

Charlottenlund, Denmark

ordrupgaard.dk

Experience furniture designer and architect Finn Juhl's open-plan house and masterful integration of space and light.

Gropius House68 Baker Bridge Road

Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773

historicnewengland.org

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. He built his house in 1938 as his family home when he came to Massachusetts to teach architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design. Photo  of Architects' House Museums modern homeView Photos

Gropius House68 Baker Bridge Road

Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773

historicnewengland.org

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. He built his house in 1938 as his family home when he came to Massachusetts to teach architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Lina Bo Bardi's Casa de VidrioRua General Almerio De Moura, 200

São Paulo, Brazil

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Lina Bo Bardi's Casa de VidrioRua General Almerio De Moura, 200

São Paulo, Brazil

institutobardi.com.br

Philip Johnson's iconic Glass Housewas a revelation 60 yeas ago—and still wows today. Built in 1949, the Glass House opened for the first time to the public in the summer of 2007. Photo  of Architects' House Museums modern homeView Photos

The Glass House199 Elm Street

New Canaan, Connecticut 06840

philipjohnsonglasshouse.org

Since the 1940s, the Glass House has served as a place of inspiration, education, and conversation across creative disciplines. Its 49-acre landscape, 14 architectural structures, and world-class art collection continue to draw members of an international creative community to engage with its rich legacy.

Modern home with Exterior. Taliesin West, 1939. Photo  of Architects' House MuseumsView Photos

Taliesin West12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.

Scottsdale, Arizona 85259

franklloydwright.org

Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site shows Wright’s ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.

Schindler House835 N Kings Road

West Hollywood, California 90069

makcenter.org

Rudolph M. Schindler's Studio-Residence was the first modern house to respond to the unique climate of California, and as such it served as the prototype for a distinctly Californian style of design. Photo  of Architects' House Museums modern homeView Photos

Schindler House835 N Kings Road

West Hollywood, California 90069

makcenter.org

Rudolph M. Schindler's Studio-Residence was the first modern house to respond to the unique climate of California, and as such it served as the prototype for a distinctly Californian style of design.