Architects Leslie and Julie Dowling, twin sisters and Michael Graves protégées, created this 1,000-square-foot, single-story home by linking two flat-roofed pavilions together in the shape of a T. The design of this Sonoma County home was inspired by Philip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Many midcentury modern homes, such as this Armonk, New York structure, built in 1957 by AIA award-winning architect Arthur Witthoefft, are masterfully modeled, single-level designs. Commissioning Witthoefft as a consultant, Todd Goddard and Andrew Mandolene completely restored the home to its original splendor, and eventually passed on their first inclination to add a second floor.
Another midcentury, single-story gem is the Miller House, designed in 1952 by Eero Saarinen, for industrialist J. Irwin Miller and his wife, Xenia in Columbus, Indiana. The Miller children have since donated the home, along with some of its original furnishings, to the Indianapolis Museum of Art, which offers tours to the public.
When Brent Jespersen bought this 1957 Salt Lake City home—designed by renowned Utah architect John Sugden, who studied under Mies van der Rohe and worked on the legendary Farnsworth Hous —he initially tried to restore it. Instead, with the help of his father, Texas architect Earl Thomas Jespersen, the two created a midcentury-inspired design that pays homage to the greats.
An easy-access floor plan was a growing concern for a retired Oregon couple, whose architect son designed and built their new, accessible home. “We’re in the aging group," says the homeowner, "and we’d always lived in houses with stairs. But there were friends and family who just couldn’t visit anymore.”
While this Michigan home was built as a weekend retreat for a working Chicago couple, their hope is to retire here, and their future mobility became a design consideration. The architect recommended a single-level project that makes perfect sense.