Saturday, October 26, 2013
Get a sneak peek of the homes on Preservation Dallas’ fall tour this weekend
And find out why Midcentury Modern homes are still in style.
DALLAS Don’t have plans for Saturday? Now you do. Why? Because you’re going to the Preservation Dallas Fall Home Tour sponsored by Briggs-Freeman Sotheby’s featuring eight of the most amazing Midcentury Modern homes in Dallas.
Better get started early, too, because you don’t want to miss the breakfast reception and panel discussion with Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster, architectural historian Kate Holliday and architect Larry Speck, FAIA. The trio will discuss the hallmarks and historic significance of minimalist style, which should be really interesting for those who have a burgeoning interest in what makes a Midcentury Modern home.
The history is so fascinating. According to Mark Meckfessel, FAIA, Midcentury Modern style is somewhat of an import to the U.S., evolving from International Style which was brought from immigrants who fled to America before World War II. A perfect example of the style can be found in our own city — 10 Nonesuch, the famed former residence of Stanley Marcus. Influence can also be traced from legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright. But what makes a Midcentury Modern stand out?
“While the sources of that new thinking might have varied, the resulting residential architecture tended to have certain features in common that distinguished it from much of the home design of previous decades. Floor plans tended to be more open, with less separation among living, dining and family areas. Large, continuous expanses of windows broke down traditional notions of 'inside' and 'outside.' Roofs tended to be flatter and building forms more geometrically crisp. Structure was often openly expressed and applied ornamentation – cornices, brackets, moldings, etc. – was minimized or avoided altogether.”
That’s the concise and yet thorough description of Mid-Mod design I’ve come across. Now, if you want to see some sterling examples of this style, go and buy your tickets to the tour today. For a little sneak peek, check out the homes on the tour below.
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