Updating Midcentury Modern
Three remodels evoke the spirit and staying power of modernist design.
Synopsis: Architect Katie Flynn uses three case studies—the Mid Mod Eichler House in San Francisco, the William Landsberg House on Long Island, and the Peacock Farm House in Massachusetts—to outline the features of midcentury-modern design and describe the important considerations for maintaining the style when updating midcentury-modern structures. Midcentury-modern architecture features natural materials, low-slung roofs, modest scale, clean lines, open floor plans, and extensive glass, and the article gives examples of these features in the three case studies. It also features a section on energy performance and updating midcentury-modern houses with better building technology, including insulation details and new assemblies that meet current energy and structural codes.
From architecture to furniture to appliances, midcentury modernism is having a “moment” in the spotlight. At its inception during the first half of the 20th century, the modernist design movement saw architects re-evaluating stylistic expression, exploring concepts around society and community-building,…