12 Modern Homes from the Midwest

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November 12, 2013
Wide-open spaces, welcoming attitudes, and a healthy respect for modernism: the American Midwest has much to offer. Here are 12 modern houses from the Heartland.
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  Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, opened to the public in May 2011 for the first time. The pathway from the pool to the house is paved with the same slate that clads the exterior walls. Photo by Leslie Williamson. 

    Eero Saarinen’s legendary Miller House in Columbus, Indiana, opened to the public in May 2011 for the first time. The pathway from the pool to the house is paved with the same slate that clads the exterior walls. Photo by Leslie Williamson. 

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  Designed by architect Jeffery Poss, the tea hut, above a pond on 14 acres in Champaign, Illinois, is the first of what Mary Kalanzis and her husband, Bill Cope, hope to be several sculptural structures on their property. Photo by Phillip Kalantzis-Cope.

    Designed by architect Jeffery Poss, the tea hut, above a pond on 14 acres in Champaign, Illinois, is the first of what Mary Kalanzis and her husband, Bill Cope, hope to be several sculptural structures on their property. Photo by Phillip Kalantzis-Cope.

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  Geoff and Joanna Mouming’s compact modern farmhouse is the first permanent structure at Yum Yum Farm in Wellman, Iowa. The benches on their entry porch were built by Geoff using a design plan by Aldo Leopold, the pioneering Iowa-born conservationist and writer whose spirit and thoughts seem to preside over the house. Photo by Mark Mahaney. 

    Geoff and Joanna Mouming’s compact modern farmhouse is the first permanent structure at Yum Yum Farm in Wellman, Iowa. The benches on their entry porch were built by Geoff using a design plan by Aldo Leopold, the pioneering Iowa-born conservationist and writer whose spirit and thoughts seem to preside over the house. Photo by Mark Mahaney. 

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  Kansas City architecture firm Kem Studio renovated a house on Kansas City's historic Janssen Place. Janssen Place is considered to be one of the most historic streets in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1976, the street became part of the National Register of Historic Places. 

    Kansas City architecture firm Kem Studio renovated a house on Kansas City's historic Janssen Place. Janssen Place is considered to be one of the most historic streets in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1976, the street became part of the National Register of Historic Places. 

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  Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their envelope-pushing architect and longtime friend, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the traditional farmhouse. Photo by Joe Pugliese.   Photo by: Joe Pugliese

    Thanks to Matthew Hufft, their envelope-pushing architect and longtime friend, Hannah and Paul Catlett have a new home in southwestern Missouri that’s a fresh, unconventional take on the traditional farmhouse. Photo by Joe Pugliese. 

    Photo by: Joe Pugliese

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  Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the 1973 Douglas House was one of architect Richard Meier’s first residential commissions. Defined by its verticality, the house features an exterior stepped walkway that extends over the trees, connecting the levels. The outdoor furniture is from Richard Schultz. Photo by Dean Kaufman.   Photo by: Dean KaufmanCourtesy of: © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

    Located on the shore of Lake Michigan, the 1973 Douglas House was one of architect Richard Meier’s first residential commissions. Defined by its verticality, the house features an exterior stepped walkway that extends over the trees, connecting the levels. The outdoor furniture is from Richard Schultz. Photo by Dean Kaufman.

     

    Photo by: Dean Kaufman

    Courtesy of: © Dean Kaufman 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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  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. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing.   Photo by: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

    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. Photo by Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing. 

    Photo by: Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing

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  Intelligent, appealing, and affordable, Charlie Lazor’s user-friendly FlatPak just might be the project that revolutionizes the prefab industry. Here a front view of the FlatPak House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Chad Holder.   Photo by: Chad Holder

    Intelligent, appealing, and affordable, Charlie Lazor’s user-friendly FlatPak just might be the project that revolutionizes the prefab industry. Here a front view of the FlatPak House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Chad Holder. 

    Photo by: Chad Holder

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  Tasked with creating a hybrid residence and art gallery, architect Jeff Dolezal of Omaha, Nebraska, firm Tack Architects called upon mid-century influences to create a showpiece of modern design in the city's Regency neighborhood. 

    Tasked with creating a hybrid residence and art gallery, architect Jeff Dolezal of Omaha, Nebraska, firm Tack Architects called upon mid-century influences to create a showpiece of modern design in the city's Regency neighborhood. 

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  The modern Bracher house stands out in the more traditional Fairgrounds neighborhood outside the Dayton, Ohio city center. Photo by Juliana Sohn.   Photo by: Juliana Sohn

    The modern Bracher house stands out in the more traditional Fairgrounds neighborhood outside the Dayton, Ohio city center. Photo by Juliana Sohn. 

    Photo by: Juliana Sohn

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  Amid the tall grasses and open skies of the Great Plains, forward-thinking urban planning ideas take root in North Dakota. Fargo native son Doug Burgum stands on his rooftop deck. Landscape architect Brian Reinarts outfitted the space with local grasses and plants, LED-illuminated privacy screens, and a natural-gas fireplace. Photo by David Bowman.  

    Amid the tall grasses and open skies of the Great Plains, forward-thinking urban planning ideas take root in North Dakota. Fargo native son Doug Burgum stands on his rooftop deck. Landscape architect Brian Reinarts outfitted the space with local grasses and plants, LED-illuminated privacy screens, and a natural-gas fireplace. Photo by David Bowman. 

     

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  Taking its cues from local barns and silos and the rolling Wisconsin terrain, the Field House is a kind of modern observatory for watching winter turn to spring and the great vault of the heavens. Photo by Tom Fowlks.   Photo by: Tom Fowlks

    Taking its cues from local barns and silos and the rolling Wisconsin terrain, the Field House is a kind of modern observatory for watching winter turn to spring and the great vault of the heavens. Photo by Tom Fowlks. 

    Photo by: Tom Fowlks

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