Something to fill those pending rainy days – thanks to Jak King for the tip.
All across America, architecture magazines from the 20th century are rotting in attics, basements, and offices – if they haven’t already been thrown away. These visually brilliant publications chronicled the best of Modernist architecture and the talented, progressive architects of that era. To have your house featured in these magazines was a real honor for the architect, the builder, and the owner.
Today, mid-century Modernist architects and original Modernist homeowners are rapidly passing away. Their houses are largely forgotten and in some cases needlessly destroyed.
Access to historical information has never been more critical for preservation, but today’s architects, realtors, owners, and buyers don’t have an easy way to research and view prior magazine press coverage.
Colossus is the first vast open searchable digital archive of major 20th century architecture publications. Once complete, Colossus will be the largest open digital architecture magazine collection in the world with approximately 1.3 million searchable, downloadable pages.