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Know Your Architecture: Midcentury Modern

From whence it came:

The Midcentury Modern movement in America was an adaptation of two austere, straight-lined architectural movements in Europe: the International and Bauhaus styles. American mid-century architecture, which spanned roughly from the late 1930s to the 70s, is warmer and more organic, often with wood elements beams, columns, walls where the Europeans employed concrete and steel.
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What makes it Midcentury:

Flat or vaulted roofs, large plate-glass windows, open floor plans and a feeling of the inside and outside blurred into one  thanks not only to walls of glass and large glazed doors that slide away but also to the continuation of the same materials outside as inside, especially flooring. (Think slate, terrazzo or travertine.)

Other cues:

Carports, clerestory windows, atriums, large stone or brick fireplaces which anchor the whole house.

Why it works:

Midcentury Modern brings nature in via its walls of windows. Its a refreshing way to live, harmoniously with the outdoors. The clean lines of Midcentury Modern architecture also allow the eye and mind to relax leading to expansive thoughts.

Famous examples:

The dramatically cantilevered Fallingwater in the Pennsylvania woods by Frank Lloyd Wright; the glass-walled house in rural Connecticut for himself by Philip Johnson; the long, low, see-through Stahl House by Pierre Koenig, which hangs over Los Angeles.

Movies with Midcentury houses in starring roles:

North by Northwest, A Star is Born, A Single Man, The Fountainhead, The Big Lebowski, Diamonds are Forever

Where to get yours:

Look for Midcentury Modern houses throughout North Texas anywhere the terrain tends to be heavily treed, often with ravines and creeks. A Briggs Freeman Sotheby's International Realty agent can help you find the perfect Midcentury Modern to call home.

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Briggs Freeman Sothebys International Realty is a luxury brokerage headquartered in North Texas. Its award-winning agents achieved a record-breaking sales volume of $3.2 billion in 2016. Independently owned and operated by president and CEO Robbie Briggs, the firm specializes in the purchase and sale of significant properties, from historic and contemporary to waterfront, ranch and land. Its deep-rooted connections, superior marketing resources and global strategies, as part of the Sothebys International Realty network, bring the extraordinary to every client.

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