The Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture



High School seniors are heading back to school, many beginning their search in earnest for their college of choice. There are many considerations when selecting a school, academics, location, size… and yes, Architecture.  The built environment has a profound effect on us all, creating a vibe and resultant culture.

Architectural Digest highlighted the ten US Campuses with the best architecture. Very interesting indeed. Before you read the list, do you recognize any of these structures?  Many of these prestigious campus’ are home to more than a single noteworthy building. If you want to learn a bit more about the building and architecture of each campus, click on an image to visit Architectural Digest’s article.

1.  University of Virginia, Architect Stanford White  2.  Harvard University, Le Corbusier  3.  Yale University, Gordon Brnshaft  4.  Brown University, Diller Scofidio + Renfro  5.  Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright  6. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Mies van der Rohe  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Frank Gehry  8. Pratt Institute, Steven Holl  9.  Cornell University, Rem Koolhaas  10. Bennington College, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

Images and excerpts sourced at Architectural Digest

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Frank Lloyd Wright Palmer House

Winter is a great time to bunker down and dream of vacation plans. There are many architecturally significant homes to rent if you are willing to plan ahead. One such gem worth the trip is the Frank Lloyd Wright Palmer House. Located in Ann Arbor Michigan, this uniqe three bedroom, two bath home has furniture designed by Frank himself. Now, I know that is a  tradmark one might expect, but in the case of the Palmer House, you might recall that the building has no 90 degree corners. This, as you might imagine provided opportunity for some interesting and dynamic interior solutions. Take a peek.

If you are interested in renting the Palmer House, it is available for rent year round at Boutique Homes.

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David and Gladys Wright House

Big news on the Historic Preservation status of the David and Gladys Wright House. Located in Pheonix and designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for his son David and his wife Gladys in the early 1950′s, it is an important piece of architectural history. When David passed away in 1997, Gladys lived in the home until her death in 2008. Then the home was sold by Wright family members to a developer. The home was slated for demolition until Historic Preservationists challenged its fate, and began proceedings to gain historic status designation. Listed for sale in October, the Associated Press reports that the current owners have reached an agreement to sell the early 1950s home to a buyer who wants to preserve and restore it. A definite win-win.

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Long Island Modernism

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Long Island has a rich history of modern architectural gems. Who knew? When I lived  in NY, I would make a Sunday afternoon of it; hunting down a modernist classic tucked away in a unsuspecting neighborhood. A few historic structures remain, but sadly many have been torn down, or fundamentally altered.

In her new book Long Island Modernism: 1930–1980, author Caroline Rob Zaleski has thoughtfully explored and documented the modern architecture of this region. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the author explains the source of her intrigue: ‘Numerous architecture stars used parts of Long Island as a sort of laboratory. Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer and Mies van der Rohe all built there, and even contemplated a plan to re-establish their Bauhaus school on Long Island after relocating to the U.S. from Nazi Germany. Many other notable homes and buildings conceived for corporate and public use were conceived by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, Richard Meier and I.M. Pei, among many others.

Image:  Philip Johnson’s Robert and Mary Leonhardt House, Lloyd Neck, 1954-56

Image:  1969 – The Renny B. and Ellin Saltzman House, East Hampton, NY.

Ms. Zaleski has created a treasure worthy of the sleuthing it took to make it. This compilation of design by some of the most well known architects of our time is a gift of history, and provides the reference and foundation for design innovation to come.

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The Schweikher House

There is a little known modern architectural gem in the western suburbs of Chicago. The Schweikher House was designed by Robert Paul Schweikher (1903–1997).  The home and stu­dio was built in 1937–38. Located on a farm field just outside Chicago, ‘the house staked its own dis­tinc­tive posi­tion in the world of Prairie School evo­lu­tion, inter­na­tional mod­ernism, and Wright’s yet-to-be-defined/built Uson­ian invention.’ Influenced by the simplicity of Japanese architecture, ‘the Schweikher house is unique for its time—mid-century Mod­ern before such a term existed.’

Schweikher’s successful career included training at the Art Institute of Chicago, work with David Adler’s practice, and a role as chairman of the Yale School of Architecture. Clean lines and well detailed architecture of the home, paired with an abundance of wood throughout the space, creates a uniquely warm yet modern aesthetic.

The Schweikher House is the only listing on the National Register of Historic Places in Schaumburg, Illinois. If you are interested in supporting preservation efforts at the Schweikher House, contact The Schweikher House Preservation Trust. The home is privately owned, but tours are available. Take a look at the Schweikher House website for more information, and history about this gorgeous dwelling.

Photography:  Nathan Kirkman
Images and excerpts sourced at the Schweikher House website.

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