47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across America

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From preserved time capsules to updated masterworks, these homes share one thing in common (other than a healthy appreciation for the Eameses): the conviction that the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s were the pinnacle of American design. For more on midcentury houses go here: dwell.com/discover/...

A white brick wall provides visual and material contrast to warm wood elements throughout the home. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across America modern homeView Photos

A white brick wall provides visual and material contrast to warm wood elements throughout the home.

Modern home with Living Room and Standard Layout Fireplace. The first commissioned work by Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

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Modern home with Living Room, Chair, Sofa, Recliner, Coffee Tables, Rug Floor, Floor Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Ceiling Lighting. Thankfully, the house came with many of its furnishings, including a 1940s Florence Knoll sofa, an Elliptical table by Charles and Ray Eames, a George Nelson tripod floor lamp, and a Breuer-designed Long chair. A pair of Barcelona chairs by Mies van der Rohe replaced two Arne Norell Sirocco armchairs. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

Thankfully, the house came with many of its furnishings, including a 1940s Florence Knoll sofa, an Elliptical table by Charles and Ray Eames, a George Nelson tripod floor lamp, and a Breuer-designed Long chair. A pair of Barcelona chairs by Mies van der Rohe replaced two Arne Norell Sirocco armchairs.

Modern home with Living Room, Floor Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, Bookcase, Ottomans, Storage, Shelves, and End Tables. A walnut-topped table and Womb chair, both by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, offer a cozy spot for reading. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

A walnut-topped table and Womb chair, both by Eero Saarinen for Knoll, offer a cozy spot for reading.

Modern home with Garage. The carport leads to the entrance. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

The carport leads to the entrance.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Mid-Century Building Type, and Shingles Roof Material. Speaking to his original design, architect Saul Zaik says, “We were really just building boxes with a bunch of windows but experimenting with how you integrated indoor and outdoor spaces.” The house has seven different openings to the exterior, allowing different courtyard or patio settings for a range of outdoor activities, including seating for a gathering on the street-facing side. The Milfords hired Lilyvilla Gardens for the landscaping around the house, including variegated bluestone steps with thyme joints. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

Speaking to his original design, architect Saul Zaik says, “We were really just building boxes with a bunch of windows but experimenting with how you integrated indoor and outdoor spaces.” The house has seven different openings to the exterior, allowing different courtyard or patio settings for a range of outdoor activities, including seating for a gathering on the street-facing side. The Milfords hired Lilyvilla Gardens for the landscaping around the house, including variegated bluestone steps with thyme joints.

Modern home with Living Room, Wood Burning Fireplace, Brick Floor, and Standard Layout Fireplace. The living room features two side chairs and an end table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar and a bronze screen designed by Harold Balazs. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

The living room features two side chairs and an end table by Edward Wormley for Dunbar and a bronze screen designed by Harold Balazs.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Floor Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Ceiling Lighting. Ipe paneling and concrete floors continue into the living area, where a photograph by Scott McFarland hangs above the fireplace. Surrounding the dining table, by Riva 1920, are walnut chairs the couple found locally. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

Ipe paneling and concrete floors continue into the living area, where a photograph by Scott McFarland hangs above the fireplace. Surrounding the dining table, by Riva 1920, are walnut chairs the couple found locally.

Modern home with Garage and Attached Garage Room Type. Lockyer added native desert plants to a courtyard near the garage. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

Lockyer added native desert plants to a courtyard near the garage.

Modern home with Outdoor, Lap Pools, Tubs, Shower, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Concrete Pools, Tubs, Shower, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, and Grass. Seen from the guesthouse, the new home touches every corner of the property without overwhelming its natural beauty. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

Seen from the guesthouse, the new home touches every corner of the property without overwhelming its natural beauty.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Patio, Porch, Deck, Wood Patio, Porch, Deck, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Back Yard. Architect Sean Lockyer designed a 5,760-square-foot concrete, stucco, and ipe home for a couple and their three children in the Southern California desert town of Indian Wells. The residents selected the home's furnishings, including the Royal Botania chaise lounges. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

Architect Sean Lockyer designed a 5,760-square-foot concrete, stucco, and ipe home for a couple and their three children in the Southern California desert town of Indian Wells. The residents selected the home's furnishings, including the Royal Botania chaise lounges.

Modern home with Living Room, Bench, Sofa, End Tables, Sectional, Light Hardwood Floor, and Pendant Lighting. Set high in Crestwood Hills, Richard Neutra’s 1956 Adler House underwent a faithful restoration by Tyler and Margaret Lemkin. Using archival photos by Julius Shulman as a guide, they set out to refresh as many original details as possible, such as a built-in bench. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

Set high in Crestwood Hills, Richard Neutra’s 1956 Adler House underwent a faithful restoration by Tyler and Margaret Lemkin. Using archival photos by Julius Shulman as a guide, they set out to refresh as many original details as possible, such as a built-in bench.

Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Sectional, Coffee Tables, Light Hardwood Floor, and Rug Floor. A painting by Karl Benjamin hangs in the dining area beyond. The living room features a Noguchi Rudder table and artwork by Tony DeLap. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

A painting by Karl Benjamin hangs in the dining area beyond. The living room features a Noguchi Rudder table and artwork by Tony DeLap.

Modern home with Wood, Picture Window Type, Living Room, Recliner, Ottomans, Media Cabinet, Dark Hardwood Floor, and Rug Floor. With four children under the age of six, the Ruells have learned not to be overprotective of their collection of contemporary and vintage furniture. In the living room, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman sit on a Moroccan rug from M.Montague, while the family’s eldest child, Mirene, surveys the indoor/outdoor view. Throughout the house, Kolbe windows and fixed glass (in existing jambs) were added to increase energy efficiency. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

With four children under the age of six, the Ruells have learned not to be overprotective of their collection of contemporary and vintage furniture. In the living room, an Eames lounge chair and ottoman sit on a Moroccan rug from M.Montague, while the family’s eldest child, Mirene, surveys the indoor/outdoor view. Throughout the house, Kolbe windows and fixed glass (in existing jambs) were added to increase energy efficiency.

A good dose of Barragán—turned a dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a family home for the ages. The paint colors chosen by the residents and architect Linda Taalman are American Cheese 2019-40 and Blushing Bride 2086-50, both by Benjamin Moore. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across America modern homeView Photos

A good dose of Barragán—turned a dark and beleaguered mid-century house into a family home for the ages. The paint colors chosen by the residents and architect Linda Taalman are American Cheese 2019-40 and Blushing Bride 2086-50, both by Benjamin Moore.

Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Chair, Dark Hardwood Floor, and Night Stands. A tub zone lined in redwood connects to the master bedroom, which is furnished with a vintage Sergio Rodrigues lounge chair and Voyage Immobile seats from Roche Bobois. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

A tub zone lined in redwood connects to the master bedroom, which is furnished with a vintage Sergio Rodrigues lounge chair and Voyage Immobile seats from Roche Bobois.

Modern home with Outdoor, Back Yard, Side Yard, Front Yard, Trees, Grass, Hardscapes, Walkways, Swimming Pools, Tubs, Shower, Rooftop, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Metal Fences, Wall, and Hanging Lighting. Delighted with the result, they requested additional structures, including a pool house with a dining area that opens to the outdoors. Rising from the edge of the pool deck, a planted overhang shelters a gym and sauna below. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

Delighted with the result, they requested additional structures, including a pool house with a dining area that opens to the outdoors. Rising from the edge of the pool deck, a planted overhang shelters a gym and sauna below.

Modern home with Outdoor, Large Pools, Tubs, Shower, and Grass. Katherine Lambert, a partner at Metropolitan Architectural Practice (MAP), and her business associate Christiane Robbins, painstakingly restored a 1950s redwood-and-glass house in Napa, California, originally designed by Jack Hillmer of Telesis. Photo  of 47+ Midcentury Modern Homes Across AmericaView Photos

Katherine Lambert, a partner at Metropolitan Architectural Practice (MAP), and her business associate Christiane Robbins, painstakingly restored a 1950s redwood-and-glass house in Napa, California, originally designed by Jack Hillmer of Telesis.