American Beauty

American Beauty

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By Brooke McGrath / Photos by Matthew Williams
A Kansas architect unlocks the potential in an outdated 1950s home.

On a busy corner in Prairie Village, Kansas, sits a 1950s house with curb appeal unlike any other on the block. The myrtle- and ivy-covered grounds are bisected by a footbridge, once unstable, that now features a restored Gino Sarfatti street lamp. In summer’s full bloom, the yard sets a scene that’s peacefully reminiscent of the time when the house was built.

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