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April 24, 2013
With stops in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Cincinnati, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; Columbus, Indiana; and more, we take a closer look at gleaming modern homes in the country's rust belt. For more regional architecture guides, click through Best Western: Our Favorite Modern Homes in Texas and Modern in the City of Roses.
Miller House in Columbus, Indiana

In 1952, the late industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his wife, Xenia, commissioned a remarkable modernist triumvirate to create their home in Columbus, Indiana: Eero Saarinen designed the building, Alexander Girard masterminded the interiors, and Dan Kiley handled the landscape architecture. Photo by Leslie WIlliamson.

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The open office and bedroom reside on either side of the second story catwalk. Below, Walz rests on a George Nakashima–inspired bench designed by architect Harry Levine’s Uncle Murray, while industrial designer Scott Summitt sits in a vintage Eames rocker

With a nod to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s industrial heritage, and an eye toward the new, Jeff Walz replaced an aging farmhouse with a chic steel cube. Inside, the open office and bedroom reside on either side of the second story catwalk. Below, Walz rests on a George Nakashima–inspired bench designed by architect Harry Levine’s Uncle Murray, while industrial designer Scott Summitt sits in a vintage Eames rocker. Photo by: Livia Corona

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Birdhouse Residence by Adam Sokol

One of the fastest growing and richest American cities in the early 20th century, Buffalo’s remaining building stock from its boom times is hard to match. But a lengthy period of economic stagnation and suburbanization since has led to a scant collection of postwar architecture, particularly housing. A hopeful sign of more progressive times exists, however, in what’s called “Birdhouse,” a new residence by local architect Adam Sokol.

Originally appeared in Birdhouse Residence by Adam Sokol
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Fron of modern white angular Dayton home

When retired couple Peter and Joan Bracher decided to sell their brick-sided traditional colonial outside of Dayton, Ohio, and build a new home on an infill lot in the Fairgrounds neighborhood just south of the city center, it was a radical departure from the standard palm tree–seeking relocation of most retirees and a pioneering move in terms of the area’s recent urban-regeneration effort. “The house is by far the most avant-garde-looking house in the downtown area,” states Barry Buckman, with obvious pride. “Neighbors came up every time we were there during construction to say how pleased they were with what was happening. Photo by Juliana Sohn.

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Modern weekend home with Pac-Clad metal cladding

On a quest to create a weekend house for herself and her husband, Nancy Church scaled back her design fantasies and discovered creative ways to build on a budget. “It had to be nearby, budget-conscious, flexible, big enough for guests, and aesthetically suitable for my things,” says the doctor. To accomplish the task, she tapped her friend, local architect and fellow modernist John DeSalvo. The home’s metal cladding is Pac-Clad, a material typically used for roofs. Photo by David Robert Elliot.

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mies van der rohe, lafayette park, detroit, michigan

In Lafayette Park—the first urban renewal project in the United States—residents are allowed a small swath to plant gardens. "A lot of credit is due to the landscape architect," says Barlow, and "Mies's floor-to-ceiling windows make the spaces feel open, while at the same time the canopy of trees makes you feel protected. It's a private, quiet, green oasis within spitting distance of the freeway, and you'd never know it." Photo by: Raimund Koch.

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The courtyard of Hisaka's home in Shaker Heights, OH, is awfully dramatic. The house itself is a series of sloped-roof volumes organized around this central open space. Photo courtesy of Thom Abel.

Architect Don Hisaka's home in Shaker Heights, Ohio, is a series of sloped-roof volumes organized around a central courtyard. Photo courtesy of Thom Abel.

Originally appeared in Don Hisaka's Cleveland Years
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Terry removed the entire second floor, which featured a gabled roof and two diminutive bedrooms, and replaced it with an aluminum-trimmed box covered in cement fiberboard.

The house at 157 Congress Run in the Cincinnati, Ohio, suburb of Wyoming was a fine little place, a sturdy 1940s brick Cape with trim, boxy rooms and an undulating yard punctuated with old trees. In perfect condition and in one of the state’s best school districts, it was one of those iconic suburban homes that young couples with growing families fantasize about. Photo by Chad Holder.

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modern,house, bridgman, michigan

Built on a challenging hillside site and tucked behind a thicket of trees, the Bridgman, Michigan, house designed by Scott Rappe provides a modern weekend retreat for a Chicago couple.

Originally appeared in A Weekend Retreat in the Forest
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Miller House in Columbus, Indiana

In 1952, the late industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his wife, Xenia, commissioned a remarkable modernist triumvirate to create their home in Columbus, Indiana: Eero Saarinen designed the building, Alexander Girard masterminded the interiors, and Dan Kiley handled the landscape architecture. Photo by Leslie WIlliamson.

Photo by Leslie Williamson.

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