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The One Thing You Should Preserve on a Mid-Century Modern Home, According to a Real Estate Agent

published Apr 4, 2022
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You’ve probably heard the term mid-century modern in reference to furniture and interior design, but it was actually the mid-century modern architectural style, which flourished in the U.S. following World War II, that gave rise to the now-popular decorating aesthetic.

Today, anything in the mid-century modern category has wide appeal, and mid-century modern homes are in the midst of a major resurgence across the country. They are characterized by low profiles, wide floor plans, large windows, and a connection to the outdoors.

Bill Janovitz is a real estate agent and Vice President at Compass. He’s also part of a marketing partnership specializing in modernist houses in Boston’s western suburbs. While Janovitz doesn’t consider himself a preservationist per se, he believes that there are certain aspects of these types of homes that are key to the integrity of the style.

According to Janovitz, the main thing to preserve on a mid-century modern home is the slim-profile look of the exterior windows — although he’s not opposed to swapping out uninsulated glass for something more energy-efficient, particularly for homes in colder climates.

“Often, these homes had big sheets of uninsulated single pane glass. And they can be a tremendous source of heat loss and therefore bad for the environment,” says Janovitz.