Modern House Styles and Examples
Most Modern (1900-1950) house styles of American architecture include familiar and very popular architects. This list includes Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), Charles and Henry Greene, Mies van der Rohe, and Walter Gropius just to name a few. What they had in common was an attempt to design inexpensive housing that was not only eye-pleasing and functional but could be built quickly to keep up with the fast paced affects of the industrial revolution.
Types of Modern Styles include: Prairie, Arts & Crafts (Craftsman), International, Art Moderne, Art Deco, and Ranch
- Prairie Style
Low-pitched roof, usually hipped and with widely overhanging eaves
Detailing emphasizes horizontal lines
Massive square porch supports
- Arts & Crafts (Craftsman) Style:
Low-pitched gabled roof with wide, unenclosed eave overhang
Roof rafters usually exposed
Decorative beams or braces under gables
Porch support bases extending to ground level
Porch supports usually squared and sometimes slanting inward
- International Style:
Windows usually metal casements set flush with outer walls
No decorative detailing at doors or windows
Smooth, Unornamented wall surface
- Ranch Style:
Horizontal, rambling layout: Long, narrow, and low to the ground
Rectangular, L-shaped, or U-shaped design
Specific Modern House Types.
Modern House Links.
Resource No. 388
Frank Lloyd Wright FoundationThe Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation exists to preserve Taliesin and taliesin west for future generations, and to enrich society through an understanding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas, architecture, and design.
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The Gamble House by Greene and Greene, Pasadena California
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Great Buildings Online: Walter Gropius
Modern House Books and Magazines.
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Classic Herman Miller
Leslie A PinaThe great postwar modern furniture designs are classics, because they are still great. Herman Miller, the company that led the office revolution, is a name synonymous with the best modern residential as well as contract furniture.
Resource No. 507
Control Brand FE-C1319A Mcm Ant Chair
Control BrandSculpted walnut vaneered side chair with stainless steel legs, this reproduction has curved contours which offer more comfort. Its legs and sturdy construction will also last for years to come.
Resource No. 508
Gloria KoenigVisual impact: Nothing says modernist perfection like an Eames design
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John Neuhart, Marilyn NeuhartEames Design is the definitive study of the work of the extraordinarily prolific husband-and-wife team whose creative imprint revolutionized the look of postwar American society.
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Frank Lloyd Wright
Alan WeintraubFrank Lloyd Wright is not only synonymous with architecture, his name is also synonymous with the American house in the twentieth century. In particular, his residential work has been the subject of continuing interest and controversy.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater:
Donald HoffmannOrganic form was Frank Lloyd Wright's credo, and its most splendid embodiment is Fallingwater, designed and built for the Pittsburgh merchant Edgar Kaufmann in the 1930s.
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LexMod Eaze Lounge Chair
LexmodThe Lounge Chair is widely considered one of the most significant designs of the 20th century. It was designed to create a club chair using the molded plywood technology that was pioneered in the '40s.
Resource No. 502
Alan ColquhounColquhoun, an eminent scholar in the field of architecture, offers here a new account of international modernism that explores the complex motivations behind this revolutionary movement and assesses its triumphs and failures.
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Modern Architecture A-Z
Peter GösselUnlike most architecture encyclopedias, which tend to concentrate more on buildings and floor plans than on their designers, this tome puts the architects in the spotlight, profiling individuals so that readers can get a clear overview of their bodies of work
Resource No. 504
The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Catherine InceThis is the first comprehensive book on the Eames' legacy in over a decade, revealing the rich totality of the their work in all media.