USModernist Library

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Access to legacy information has never been more critical for preservation, and today's architects, realtors, owners, sellers, and buyers don't have an easy way to research and view magazine press coverage, especially form the 20th century - until now.

All across America, old architecture magazines are brilliant visual works of art left rotting in attics, basements, libraries, and offices - if they haven't already been thrown away. In their day, these publications chronicled the best of Modernist architecture and the era's talented, progressive architects.  Many of these mid-century Modernist architects and original Modernist homeowners have died.  The rest are rapidly passing away. Their house designs are largely forgotten -- and often needlessly destroyed. Often there are few or no records of their history easily available.

Once complete, the USModernist library will be the largest open digital collection of major US 20th-century architecture magazines with approximately 1.4 million searchable, downloadable pages. We're at about 1 million pages at present.

You can be part of this breakthrough documentation project by contacting us to:
a) point out dead links or link errors
b) contribute missing magazines (email for a list)
c) contribute better scans of magazines we already have

donate to acquire more magazines (tax-deductible)
e) become a USModernist research sponsor (tax-deductible)

Click a logo to view that publication's magazines in PDF format.  In Windows, right-click to save and download.  The magazine files are large.  Depending on your connection speed, access may take a few minutes.

Major magazine donors include: The Palm Springs Museum of Art, Cranbrook, the Baltimore Museum of Art, AIA Chicago, AIA National, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Ben Taylor, Smith Sinnett, the Smithsonian Institution, and Clark Nexsen/Raleigh.

Peter Blake, formerly the editor of Architectural Forum, and Paul Grotz founded Architecture Plus in 1973. The magazine folded in 1975.

Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1974: Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec

Modern Design Magazine
2007: Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May

Other resources: Esoteric Modernist Magazines 1890-1939, Smithsonian Design Museum (Cooper Hewitt) Online Collection.