Your Mid-Century Real Estate Expert
Modernism's Styles
What makes a house "Mid-Century Modern"?
  • The Mid-century Modern house celebrates American mobility and space-age technology by incorporating "new" building materials such as terrazzo tiles, aluminum windows, and man-made flooring.
  • The Mid-century Modern house features an open floor plan, often centered around a living-dining-entertainment space, with narrow hallways leading off to the bedrooms.
  • These houses are constructed with "industrial" materials such as concrete and steel and the exteriors are clad in brick, wood, and stone.
  • The concept of "glass walls" influenced the placement of windows and there is a fluid boundary between indoor and outdoor space. 
Double-pile Cottage  
This popular style flourished in the post-WWII housing boom. It is two rooms wide and two rooms deep and often features an additional room located in the front of the house. The Cape Cod variation has two roof dormers facing the street.
Traditional Ranch  

The ranch-style house is "long and low". Native stone, brick, or combinations of the two are typically used on the exterior. Casement windows, often set in "bands" add to the horizontal characteristic of this style.

Minimal Ranch
This scaled-down version of the Traditional Ranch is most often found in suburban subdivisions clustered together on curved streets with small lots.  Its characteristics include single-car garages and a prominent picture window.
Contemporary Style 
This style was favored in architect-designed houses from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s and there are two subtypes: flat-roofed and gable-roofed.
Split Level or Raised Ranch
These two-story dwellings have half-wings and sunken garages which give them an unusual form often combined with traditional decorative detailing. In these houses you will find "quiet" living areas, "noisy" living and service areas, and "sleeping" areas located on each level.
"California" Modern
During the late 1950s and 1960s, the conventional one-story Ranch House developed a "modernist" flair and typically featured glass walls, post-and-beam construction, and open floor plans.
Shed Style
This type originated in the early 1960s and is seen in the work of architects Charles Moore and Robert Venturi. The distinctive feature is the multi-directional shed roof, often accompanied by additional gabled roof forms. Exterior walls are clad in wood-shingle, board siding (applied horizontally, vertically, or diagonally) or brick veneer with symmetrical windows for bold diagonal effects.
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