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July 22 marked the passing of Natalie de Blois, a longtime architect at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in its New York and Chicago offices. As a female graduate of Columbia's male-dominated School of Architecture in 1944, the senior designer for many of SOM's most renowned commissions as well as a mother to four sons, de Blois was in a league of her own.... MORE

Natalie de Blois with Mario Salvadori and Philip Johnson in 1948. Courtesy of SOM/Natalie de Blois

We stopped presenting our “Modern Houses Seeking New Owners” section mostly due to space and time constraints, but that doesn’t mean there are not wonderful Modern houses in a range of prices out there for anyone in the market. A local independent site for compiled listings of Modern houses in the Tri-State area is MORE

From the late 1940s through the 1960s there were frequent and heavily attended house tours in New Canaan, CT, showcasing the most exciting examples of Modern architecture in a town that sported a proportionally large number of fine specimens. This practice picked up again around 2000 as interest in mid-century Modern architecture grew, and it continues. Through all this activity one house has remained a mystery to the public, having never been included in a tour: The Dana House. ... MORE

This discovery could be described as a famous face in an unknown place. On October 15, 1957 Frank Lloyd Wright came to the community of Smoke Rise in Kinnelon, NJ, hoping to build a house. John E. Walker, a local resident and representative of the Smoke Rise Club, the developer, had the honor (or in some respects, burden) of touring Wright around Smoke Rise that fall Tuesday. Walker’s typed memorandum survives from the visit and offers insight into Wright’s personality and thoughts on Modern architecture while memorializing an important moment in northern New Jersey’s architectural history.... MORE