Editors’ Picks: Mid-Century Modern Homes

Our editors highlight new and classic articles; this week, we go back to the future with a tour of restored mid-century modern residences.

They might not be able to claim the same longevity as Colonial row houses, but when it comes to history, mid-century modern dwellings have it in spades. One need only glance inside a sleekly outfitted 1950s modern dwelling to be instantly transported back to the Mad Men era. To help fuel the trip back in time, we’ve spotlighted three mid-century restorations that perfectly capture this forward-thinking period: a beautiful Bauhaus rescued from the remnants of a fire, a renowned Modernist architect’s family home, and a compact house inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian designs.

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

A Post-Fire Bauhaus Rehab: Sensing hidden potential through layers of damage, a couple buys and resurrects an original Bauhaus in the wake of a devastating fire.

At Home in the Granger: Deep in the heart of Texas, a pair of homeowners stays true to the ideals of their home’s renowned architect.

Modern Design Motifs: A mid-century house reveals the design sources for a generation of dwellings.

New This Week

Yellow-ware and French tole.

Treen and Tole Ware in Early America: Treen and tole are among the earliest and most authentic of American wares. Both show the evidence of handwork and invention so prized by American collectors.

Ornamenting the Roof: Checking in with makers of finials and filigree, weathervanes, chimney pots, and fancy shapes.


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By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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