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.Read More
10 Gorgeous Midcentury Houses in the Heartland, Mapped!
1. David Haid's Glass House
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
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
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"
Austin, TX 78746
5. Don Polsky's Private Residence
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
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
Mission Hills, KS 66208
8. Herb Greene's Prairie Chicken House
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
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
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.