We all know the big names in Mid-Century Modern architecture by now. Names like Richard Neutra, Mies van der Rohe and Joseph Eichler are most known because of the skill of their work, the amount of work they did in their lifetime and the larger cities that they worked in. But not everyone lives in one of the cities where these homes exist.
We’ve been talking a lot about collections, antiques and other things that have character that we bring into our homes. Sometimes, it’s the home itself that carries the most character. We’ve recently become aware of a local architect responsible for a lot of great Mid-Century Modern homes around Austin.
A.D. Stenger was an architect who began building homes around Austin in the 1940s. His residences are characterized by low-peaked roofs, lounge-like fireplaces, walls of windows, clerestory windows, tinted concrete floors and exteriors of concrete, wood, rock and other organic materials. Basically all the sorts of elements that make us MCM-lovers swoon.
Learning about such a fabulous Mid-Century Modern architect in our own backyard has made us wonder about the lesser-known architects who worked on a local, smaller-city scale. Do you live in a city or neighborhood with work from lesser-known architects? Do you live in a home by one of the lesser known Mid-Century Modern architects? What is your home's Mid-Century Modern heritage (furniture you've brought in can count, too!)?
Adrienne photographs beautiful homes in and around her home base of Austin, Texas. She's a contributor to UPPERCASE Magazine and spends all her free time exploring small town Texas. She watches a lot of Star Trek.
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