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January 11, 2016
From Sarasota to Sea Ranch, these communities thrive with rich repositories of modern architecture.
Originally constructed in 1970, the Wilson residence was updated by the architect couple in 2004. They expanded the home by about a third, but the original design of the rear elevation (seen here at dusk) was largely maintained.

Conceived by forward-thinking developer Robert Davenport in the 1940s and designed by architect Charles Goodman, Hollin Hills is an enclave of some 450 modernist homes outside DC. Many of the early Hollin Hills designs featured standard pitched roofs atypical of mid-century modernism; however, later models introduced a graceful inverted butterfly roof and also a completely flat roof that could still stand up to Virginia’s thunderstorms and winter.

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Modern Florida seaside home with benjamin moore tomato red door

Sarasota, Florida, lures design lovers with its wealth of low-slung glass pavilions created by Paul Rudolph and the architects of the Sarasota School in the construction boom that followed World War II. Steve Tetreault and John Pirman commissioned Michael Epstein of Seibert Architects to build a contemporary house that follows the style of the surrounding midcentury architecture.

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Originally appeared in This Sparkling New Home Is a Perfect Remake of Classic Sarasota School Modernism
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Fire Island modern Horace Gifford beach house designed 1961

Fire Island—a quaint and quirky beach haven where residents travel with Radio Flyers rather than cars—has been a living trove of modern architecture since the 1960s, when architects like Horace Gifford redefined the notion of the beach house with their wood-and-glass creations. This 1965 home on Tarpon Walk updates the the shingle-style beach house so common in Long Island vernacular architecture. 

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Bill Maris Esto
Originally appeared in Take a Peek Inside a Beachside Enclave of Modernist Masterpieces
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Modern Sea Ranch home with a modern guesthouse

Sea Ranch, a rugged strip of coastline north of San Francisco, is home to a cluster of modern homes. Over the years, it has become a destination for architectural pilgrims, attracted by the pastoral modernism of its early buildings. A new home, sheathed in rough concrete and Cor-Ten steel, aims to take the principles of the community to heart. 

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Originally appeared in Modern Home Joins a Storied Site on the Pacific Ocean
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modern dwellings kalmic house quincy jones living room shelving

Crestwood Hills, in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, is an endangered enclave of midcentury post-and-beam houses designed by A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith. Elise Loehnen and Rob Fissmer settled in the 1950 Kalmick House, also known as Historic-Cultural Monument No. 634, and are planning to restore some original details that have been modified over the years. 

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A one-story villa in Lafayette Park.

Detroit's Lafayette Park—the first urban-renewal project in the United States—was built by Mies van der Rohe in 1956. This racially and economically diverse enclave—which consists of residential towers and one- and two-story town houses, still flourishes today. 

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Frey II House in Palm Springs

Palm Springs is well regarded as a haven of midcentury houses. The Frey II House, designed by architect Albert Frey in 1964, is a striking example that contrasts contemporary materials like glass with the dry desert terrain. 

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Steve Aldana
Originally appeared in Instagram Account We Love: Midcentury Classics from Southern California
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Originally constructed in 1970, the Wilson residence was updated by the architect couple in 2004. They expanded the home by about a third, but the original design of the rear elevation (seen here at dusk) was largely maintained.

Conceived by forward-thinking developer Robert Davenport in the 1940s and designed by architect Charles Goodman, Hollin Hills is an enclave of some 450 modernist homes outside DC. Many of the early Hollin Hills designs featured standard pitched roofs atypical of mid-century modernism; however, later models introduced a graceful inverted butterfly roof and also a completely flat roof that could still stand up to Virginia’s thunderstorms and winter.

Photo by Eric Laignel.

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