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Modern House Styles and Examples

Gropius House International Style

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

See the Arts & Crafts (Craftsman) and Bungalow pages for more examples

Dana-Thomas House Prairie Style
  1. Prairie Style
    Low-pitched roof, usually hipped and with widely overhanging eaves
    Detailing emphasizes horizontal lines
    Massive square porch supports
  2. 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
  3. International Style:
    Flat Roof
    Windows usually metal casements set flush with outer walls
    No decorative detailing at doors or windows
    Smooth, Unornamented wall surface
    Asymmetrical Facade
  4. Ranch Style:
    Single Story
    Horizontal, rambling layout: Long, narrow, and low to the ground
    Rectangular, L-shaped, or U-shaped design
    Simple floor-plans

Modern House Links.

Resource No. 388

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The 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.

phone 480-860-2700

visit www.franklloydwright.org

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Resource No. 387

The Gamble House by Greene and Greene, Pasadena California

phone 626-793-3334

visit gamblehouse.org

The Gamble House by Greene and Greene, Pasadena California

Resource No. 389

Great Buildings Online: Walter Gropius

visit www.greatbuildings.com/architects/Walter_Gropius.h...

Great Buildings Online: Walter Gropius

Modern House Books and Magazines.

Resource No. 505

Classic Herman Miller

Leslie A Pina

The 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 Brand

Sculpted 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 Koenig

Visual impact: Nothing says modernist perfection like an Eames design

Resource No. 506

Eames Design

John Neuhart, Marilyn Neuhart

Eames 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.

Resource No. 499

Frank Lloyd Wright

Alan Weintraub

Frank 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.

Resource No. 500

Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater:

Donald Hoffmann

Organic 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.

Resource No. 498

LexMod Eaze Lounge Chair


The 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

Modern Architecture

Alan Colquhoun

Colquhoun, 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.

Resource No. 503

Modern Architecture A-Z

Peter Gössel

Unlike 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 Ince

This is the first comprehensive book on the Eames' legacy in over a decade, revealing the rich totality of the their work in all media.

Resource No. 501

Wright-Sized Houses:

Diane Maddex

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