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10 Gorgeous Midcentury Houses in the Heartland, Mapped!

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While the midcentury modern glamour spots of Los Angeles, New York City, and Connecticut—what with their dense agglomeration of notable residential architecture—get most of the adulatory attention of fans of the style, the Post-War population and housing boom also swept the precepts of Modernism inland to the heartland of the country. For example, corporations based in Detroit became paradigms of midcentury panache, and regional designers and global starchitects created a wide variety of residential works. From Midwestern Usonian neighborhoods to idiosyncratic personal residences set down in the center of an Oklahoma prairie, these houses all fell under the broad aegis of "Modernism". Here are just 10 of them, ranging from the wild to the sublime, and reaching all the way from Texas Hill Country to the shores of the Great Lakes.


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1. David Haid's Glass House

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9496 Twin Cedar Court
Lakeside, MI 49116

Most famous for designing Cameron's house in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Mies van der Rohe protégé David Haid also designed this 1964 homage to Philip Johnson's Glass House, built on the shores of Lake Michigan.

2. Lakeside Home by John Howe

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755 Tonkawa Road
Orono, MN 55356

This angular 1965 home on Minnesota's Lake Minnetonka was designed by John Howe, a longtime associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. In fact, he was dubbed "the pencil in Mr. Wright's hand."

3. Classic Ralph Fournier Design

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14 Arrowhead Estates Lane
Chesterfield, MO 63017

Designed by the architectural duo of Ralph Fournier and Mary Jane Fournier, this home features the pair's signature blend of "Frank Lloyd Wright and California influences."

4. Arthur Stenger's "Butterfly House"

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312 Ridgewood Road
Austin, TX 78746

This recently renovated 1964 gem by "The Eichler of Austin" is a fantastic example of the work architect and developer Arthur Dallas Stenger did in Texas Hill Country.

5. Don Polsky's Private Residence

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106 South 89th Street
Omaha, NE 68114

Designed by Don Polsky, who cut his teeth as job captain in Richard Neutra's California studio, this 1966 home was built as the architect's private residence.

6. Eero Saarinen's Miller House

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2760 Highland Way
Columbus, IN 47201

Eero Saarinen's 1957 residential masterpiece was commissioned by Indiana businessman J. Irwin Miller and took four years to build. It's now owned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which offers tours of the home and grounds.

7. Marcel Breuer's Snower Residence

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6701 Belinder Avenue
Mission Hills, KS 66208

Famed Bauhaus figure Marcel Breuer designed this residence in Mission Hills, Kansas, in 1955. It's believed to be one of only two Breuer designs west of the Mississippi. Photo by Nate Hofer/Flickr

8. Herb Greene's Prairie Chicken House

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550 North 48th Avenue
Noble, OK 73068

Immortalized by architecture photographer Julius Shulman and numerous photo spreads in weekly magazines of the era, this 1961 design by Organic Modernist Herb Greene was puckishly dubbed the Prairie Chicken House. It still stands on the prairie, though visitors are not encouraged.

9. Usonian Rush Creek Village

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50 West New England Avenue
Worthington, OH 43085

With a comprehensive design plan overseen by Frank Lloyd Wright acoloyte Theodore van Fossen, Rush Creek Village is a 1950s development that includes almost 50 homes built according to Usonian principles. Photo by Paul Ringstrom/Flickr

10. Walter Frazier Lake Forest Home

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1050 Melody Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Though Walter Frazier trained at the Ecoledes Beaux-Arts and MIT, and designed homes for generations of well-heeled clients, he is considered one of the least-studied Chicago-area architects. This 1955 home, then, may open some eyes.

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1. David Haid's Glass House

9496 Twin Cedar Court, Lakeside, MI 49116

Most famous for designing Cameron's house in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Mies van der Rohe protégé David Haid also designed this 1964 homage to Philip Johnson's Glass House, built on the shores of Lake Michigan.

9496 Twin Cedar Court
Lakeside, MI 49116

2. Lakeside Home by John Howe

755 Tonkawa Road, Orono, MN 55356

This angular 1965 home on Minnesota's Lake Minnetonka was designed by John Howe, a longtime associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. In fact, he was dubbed "the pencil in Mr. Wright's hand."

755 Tonkawa Road
Orono, MN 55356

3. Classic Ralph Fournier Design

14 Arrowhead Estates Lane, Chesterfield, MO 63017

Designed by the architectural duo of Ralph Fournier and Mary Jane Fournier, this home features the pair's signature blend of "Frank Lloyd Wright and California influences."

14 Arrowhead Estates Lane
Chesterfield, MO 63017

4. Arthur Stenger's "Butterfly House"

312 Ridgewood Road, Austin, TX 78746

This recently renovated 1964 gem by "The Eichler of Austin" is a fantastic example of the work architect and developer Arthur Dallas Stenger did in Texas Hill Country.

312 Ridgewood Road
Austin, TX 78746

5. Don Polsky's Private Residence

106 South 89th Street, Omaha, NE 68114

Designed by Don Polsky, who cut his teeth as job captain in Richard Neutra's California studio, this 1966 home was built as the architect's private residence.

106 South 89th Street
Omaha, NE 68114

6. Eero Saarinen's Miller House

2760 Highland Way, Columbus, IN 47201

Eero Saarinen's 1957 residential masterpiece was commissioned by Indiana businessman J. Irwin Miller and took four years to build. It's now owned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which offers tours of the home and grounds.

2760 Highland Way
Columbus, IN 47201

7. Marcel Breuer's Snower Residence

6701 Belinder Avenue, Mission Hills, KS 66208

Famed Bauhaus figure Marcel Breuer designed this residence in Mission Hills, Kansas, in 1955. It's believed to be one of only two Breuer designs west of the Mississippi. Photo by Nate Hofer/Flickr

6701 Belinder Avenue
Mission Hills, KS 66208

8. Herb Greene's Prairie Chicken House

550 North 48th Avenue, Noble, OK 73068

Immortalized by architecture photographer Julius Shulman and numerous photo spreads in weekly magazines of the era, this 1961 design by Organic Modernist Herb Greene was puckishly dubbed the Prairie Chicken House. It still stands on the prairie, though visitors are not encouraged.

550 North 48th Avenue
Noble, OK 73068

9. Usonian Rush Creek Village

50 West New England Avenue, Worthington, OH 43085

With a comprehensive design plan overseen by Frank Lloyd Wright acoloyte Theodore van Fossen, Rush Creek Village is a 1950s development that includes almost 50 homes built according to Usonian principles. Photo by Paul Ringstrom/Flickr

50 West New England Avenue
Worthington, OH 43085

10. Walter Frazier Lake Forest Home

1050 Melody Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045

Though Walter Frazier trained at the Ecoledes Beaux-Arts and MIT, and designed homes for generations of well-heeled clients, he is considered one of the least-studied Chicago-area architects. This 1955 home, then, may open some eyes.

1050 Melody Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045