Mid-Century Modern Houses


Mid-Century Modern houses are characterized by clean and simplistic designs. Tour homes to find decorating and furniture ideas, and see amazing restorations and renovation projects. 

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New Life for a Modern Garden House

This historic Pittsburgh house was built in 1947. WIth its window wall and open plan, it lives large at just 1170 square feet.

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A West Coast 1957 Modern House

Smitten by terrazzo floors and expanses of glass, ancient California live oaks and a sublime simplicity, a family restores a 1957 Modern house to its original integrity.

Frank Lloyd Wright Miller House

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An introduction begins with the generation after the bungalow.

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Barbie's Mid-Century Modern Ranch

See Babs' first dream house—a stylish Mid-century Modern Ranch.

Used in both the entry and foyer, Pennsylvania flagstone floors connect indoors and out while introducing the textures and colors of nature. Continuing the indoor/outdoor dialogue, the use of natural stone softens the strong, modern statement made by the soaring fireplace.

A Mid-Century Modern Marvel in Delaware

A Mid-century Modern house stays true to its era.

The Zeiger family—Todd and Terri, with kids Jacob, Rachael, and Lindsey (left to right)—beside their 1949 Lustron at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore.

Preserving a 1950s Lustron House

Lustron houses are prefabricated enameled steel houses developed in the post-World War II era United States in response to the shortage of homes for returning GIs.

The sunken living room is trimmed in nautical-style brass railings, rounded like the Art Deco fireplace surround.

An Intact Mid-Century Ranch House

See inside a 1948 Mid-Century Ranch in Portland.

Bold, sweeping butterfly roofs were used in the 1959 Racquet Club Road Estates, designed by William Krisel.

Mid-Century Modern Houses in Palm Springs

The desert oasis of Palm Springs, California, offers a deep well of mid-century modern architecture.

The front façade of the house features distinctive corrugated asbestos tiles.

At Home in the Granger

Have you watched the PBS special on Frank Lloyd Wright? Mark Seeger and Jeff Harper, in the market for a new home, were visiting a house they’d seen listed in the newspaper when the inquisition began. Do you know the history of this home? “I think we were being vetted,” says Mark a decade later, as he recounts the surprising questions the home’s seller posed, “to make sure we were going to be good stewards of this house.”

The author's 1949 cinder-block Bauhaus home is now fully restored.

A Post-Fire Bauhaus Rehab

In the hot real-estate market of 2004, it took a true "fire sale" to find our home—a 1949 cinderblock house that had suffered major damage from a serious blaze. We purchased it "as is."

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