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Know Your Architecture | Mid-Century Modern

08/17/2017
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From whence it came:

The Mid-Century Modern movement in America was an adaptation of two austere, straight-lined architectural movements in Europe: the International and Bauhaus styles. American mid-century architecture, which spanned roughly from the late 1930s to the ’70s, is warmer and more organic, often with wood elements — beams, columns, walls — where the Europeans employed concrete and steel.

10210 Strait Lane | Preston Hollow | Dallas, TX

10210 Strait Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

10210 Strait Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

10210 Strait Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

Listed by Faisal Halum

What makes it mid-century:

Flat or vaulted roofs, large plate-glass windows, open floor plans and a feeling of the inside and outside blurred into one — thanks not only to walls of glass and large glazed doors that slide away but also to the continuation of the same materials outside as inside, especially flooring. (Think slate, terrazzo or travertine.)

Other cues:

Carports, clerestory windows, atriums, large stone or brick fireplaces which anchor the whole house.

1501 Shady Oaks Lane | Westover Hills | Fort Worth, TX

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1501 Shady Oaks Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

1501 Shady Oaks Lane, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

Listed by John Zimmerman

Why it works:

Mid-Century Modern brings nature in via its walls of windows. It’s a refreshing way to live, harmoniously with the outdoors. The clean lines of Mid-Century Modern architecture also allow the eye and mind to relax — leading to expansive thoughts.

6832 Westlake Avenue | Lakewood | Dallas, TX

6832 Westlake Avenue, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

6832 Westlake Avenue, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale

Listed by Scott Carlson and Patrick Bukowitz

Famous examples:

The dramatically cantilevered Fallingwater in the Pennsylvania woods by Frank Lloyd Wright; the glass-walled house in rural Connecticut for himself by Philip Johnson; the long, low, see-through Stahl House by Pierre Koenig, which hangs over Los Angeles.

3300 Bryn Mawr Drive | Park Cities | University Park, TX

3300 Bryn Mawr Drive, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

3300 Bryn Mawr Drive, Briggs Freeman Sotheby's luxury homes for sale-exterior

Listed by Tiffany Jackson

Movies with mid-century houses in starring roles:

North by Northwest, A Star is Born, A Single Man, The Fountainhead, The Big Lebowski, Diamonds are Forever.

4167 Charron Lane | Ridglea Hills | Fort Worth, TX

Listed by Clay Brants

Where to get yours:

Look for Mid-Century Modern houses throughout North Texas — anywhere the terrain tends to be heavily treed, often with ravines and creeks. A Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty agent can help you find the perfect Mid-Century Modern to call home.

3425 Ranchero Road | El Ranchero Estates | Plano

Listed by Lisa Besserer

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