Mid Century modern is an architectural style developed from roughly 1933 to 1965, with continued popularity through the 70’s.

Mid Century Modern Homes

During this time, home design exploded with new ideas, mindsets, forward-thinking style, and materials.  The American Mid Century style grew out of the International Style, popular in Europe, but with a less avant-garde, more organic approach.  With an emphasis on family life and connection to the outdoors, Mid Century Modern homes are open, airy and  functional.

Notable Architects:  O’Neil Ford, Joseph Eichler (Developer), George Fred Keck, Henry P. Glass, Meis van de Rohe, Philip Johnson

Exterior Features

  • Flat or low sloped Roofs
  • A-Framed Roofs
  • Post & Beam construction
  • Vertical siding
  • Spartan Facades
  • Geometric patterns
  • Skylights
  • Floor to Ceiling Windows
  • Private Patios
  • Atriums
  • Only small, ceiling height window on the front façade
  • New materials: steel and plywood

Interior  Features

  • Exposed Post & Beams
  • Vaulted Ceilings
  • Tounge & Groove ceilings
  • Concrete floors
  • Wood Paneling
  • Sliding doors
  • First Master bath en suites
  • Passive Solar innovations
  • Split levels
  • Pony walls

Decorating Style


A popular substyle is the Mid Century Ranch.

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