Look! Midwest Mid-Century Home

Look! Midwest Mid-Century Home

Sarah Rae Smith
Mar 5, 2009
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It's been fabulous weather the last few days in the Midwest, so we took mother nature up on the opportunity for a few photos without freezing our fingers to the bone. This house sits atop a hill in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City. Everyone thinks something different about it when they first see it, "Holy cow, it's like an angry owl!" or "It's a spaceship wearing a sombrero" but any way you look at it, this house is a great example of how fun architecture can really be...

The guys over at KC Modern have a bit more information on this house and here's what they have to tell us about it:

Name: Nicol Residence
Architect: Bruce Goff
Designed: 1965
Builder: Michael Rothstein Construction
Built: Third Version 1965
Size: 2868 sq. ft. 4 bedroom 4 bath

The residence is realized as a series of octagons, connected by a central living area, with a sunken conversation pit, fountain and fire ring centered under a large skylight. The present owners have an actual Sputnik spacecraft hanging under the skylight. The center of the roof is raised with a flat roof around the perimeter. The beautiful doors have Italian ashtrays as stained glass. The residence sits on a large heavily treed lot with a thirty foot by thirty foot reflecting pool, as well as a swimming pool.

Maybe someday we'll have the privilege of seeing inside for a tour!
Thanks KC Modern!

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