George Smart’s life changed dramatically after he visited Fallingwater in 2007. That led him to a late night Google search, which became a website, which became a community. Now his small but intrepid nonprofit staff and volunteers have built the largest open digital archives – free and searchable – of residential mid-century Modernist design in the world. George is founder and Executive Director of USModernist® and NCModernist®, nonprofit organizations dedicated to the documentation, preservation, and promotion of Modernist design.
America’s mid-century Modernist architects and their original clients are almost all dead; their houses have been sold several times; and the local real estate community would just as soon market teardowns as find new, caring owners. Despite many Modernist houses aging over the 50-year mark, city councils and preservation groups have a hard time considering Modernist houses to be historic – because 50 years later many still look like the future.
This week at EntreArchitect Podcast, Saving America’s Modernist Architecture with George Smart.
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