Conceived by forward-thinking developer Robert Davenport in the 1940s and designed by architect Charles Goodman, Hollin Hills is an enclave of some 450 modernist homes outside DC. Many of the early Hollin Hills designs featured standard pitched roofs atypical of mid-century modernism; however, later models introduced a graceful inverted butterfly roof and also a completely flat roof that could still stand up to Virginia’s thunderstorms and winter.
Sarasota, Florida, lures design lovers with its wealth of low-slung glass pavilions created by Paul Rudolph and the architects of the Sarasota School in the construction boom that followed World War II. Steve Tetreault and John Pirman commissioned Michael Epstein of Seibert Architects to build a contemporary house that follows the style of the surrounding midcentury architecture.
Fire Island—a quaint and quirky beach haven where residents travel with Radio Flyers rather than cars—has been a living trove of modern architecture since the 1960s, when architects like Horace Gifford redefined the notion of the beach house with their wood-and-glass creations. This 1965 home on Tarpon Walk updates the the shingle-style beach house so common in Long Island vernacular architecture.
Sea Ranch, a rugged strip of coastline north of San Francisco, is home to a cluster of modern homes. Over the years, it has become a destination for architectural pilgrims, attracted by the pastoral modernism of its early buildings. A new home, sheathed in rough concrete and Cor-Ten steel, aims to take the principles of the community to heart.
Crestwood Hills, in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, is an endangered enclave of midcentury post-and-beam houses designed by A. Quincy Jones and Whitney R. Smith. Elise Loehnen and Rob Fissmer settled in the 1950 Kalmick House, also known as Historic-Cultural Monument No. 634, and are planning to restore some original details that have been modified over the years.
Detroit's Lafayette Park—the first urban-renewal project in the United States—was built by Mies van der Rohe in 1956. This racially and economically diverse enclave—which consists of residential towers and one- and two-story town houses, still flourishes today.
Palm Springs is well regarded as a haven of midcentury houses. The Frey II House, designed by architect Albert Frey in 1964, is a striking example that contrasts contemporary materials like glass with the dry desert terrain.