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Mid-Century Modern homes in Central Pa.

- Last modified: October 5, 2012 at 10:13 AM

This past week we were treated to a neat writeup by Jason Scott of the home of local businessman Alex Grass, a 13-acre beauty along the Susquehanna River.

The home was a cool specimen of modern influence that got me thinking about one of my favorite topics: Mid-Century Modern homes in Central Pennsylvania. Yes, there actually are some!

Mid-Century Modern design was in vogue from the late 1940s through about 1970. This style had many iterations but most often was a one-floor layout with a flat or peaked roof and heavy beaming on the inside, without an attic. There were no basements in most cases.

Floor-to-ceiling windows and “glass walls” to bring the outside in was a key component. A proponent of the mid-century modern movement was a builder named Joseph Eichler, who designed amazing homes on the West Coast in the ’50s and ’60s.

In Central Pa., Mid-Century Modern-style homes are obviously few and far between. I listed and sold a wonderful one in Manheim Township a couple of summers ago (I really wanted to buy it myself!). I’ve toured several and every so often one comes up for sale. Remember, a Mid-Century Modern home is a contemporary, but a contemporary is not always a Mid-Century Modern.

As many of you know, I am an advocate of greener homes. I found this video of a news story about a green remodel of a Mid-Century Modern home in Palm Springs Calif.

Have you seen any good examples of modern architecture or Mid-Century Modern homes? I’d love to hear about it!


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