Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty | Know Your Architecture: Midcentury Modern

The home at 3955 Angus Drive is open Sunday, October 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.
The home at 3955 Angus Drive is open Sunday, October 21 from 1 to 3 p.m.

The Midcentury Modern movement in America was an adaptation of two austere, straight-lined architectural movements in Europe: the International and Bauhaus styles. American mid-century architecture, which spanned roughly from the 1940s to the 70s, is warmer and more organic, often with wood elements, beams, columns, walls, where the Europeans employed concrete and steel.

Midcentury’s cues are unique. Look for flat or vaulted roofs, large plate-glass windows, open floor plans and a feeling of the inside and outside blurred into one, thanks not only to walls-of-glass and large glazed doors that slide away but also to the continuation of the same materials outside as inside, especially flooring. (Think slate, terrazzo or travertine.) Other cues are carports, atriums and large stone or brick fireplaces which anchor the whole house.

Famous examples include the dramatically cantilevered Fallingwater in the Pennsylvania woods by Frank Lloyd Wright and the glass-walled house in rural Connecticut for himself by Philip Johnson.

Because Midcentury houses are eternally stylish, they star in many movies, including North by Northwest, A Single Man, The Fountainhead and Diamonds are Forever.

The updated Midcentury Modern home at 3955 Angus Drive in Fort Worth is in the Ridglea Hills neighborhood. It is an ideal family home; spacious and open, with abundant natural light and three bedrooms. Its many pluses include a large family room with beamed ceiling and fireplace, great vintage baths and a mix of hardwood, brick and cork floors. Outdoor perks include a park-like backyard, two patios and professional landscaping.

The home, priced $399,000, is represented by Clay Brants and Laurie Brants. It will be open Sunday, October 21, 2018 from 1 to 3 p.m.

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