Build LLC Breaks Down the Basics of Mid-Century Modern Architecture

In a brilliant entry, Build LLC’s Build Blog has posted the “10 Forgotten Lessons” that were fundamental to modern architecture in the Mid-Century.

The lessons were taken from a tour of a well-preserved home designed by Paul Kirk (see another Paul Kirk house here). Here are a few of the 10 Lessons:

  • Keep it simple.
  • Connecting the inside to the outside creates harmony with the site.
  • Let nature do the work.
We think the pics below are good examples of these lessons.


2 thoughts on “Build LLC Breaks Down the Basics of Mid-Century Modern Architecture

  1. Wow, you’re Flickr photos and website are amazing! It’s a bottomless pit and I’ve spent hours looking. I stumbled across them while doing a search for the designer, Richard B. Pollman. I used to have all of his plan books growing up as a kid in the 60’s and 70’s. I wanted to reference some of them again and there they were on your site. Thank you!

    Anyway, while searching in your Texas Modernism section, I was shocked to discover images of a forlorn house I have wondered about for years. Decades ago, maybe 1966, I bought a book called, The House Beautiful Treasury of Contemporary Homes. I still have it to this day and reference it often. One of the most lavishly documented houses in the book is the 1955 Pace Setter House designed by Harwell Harris when he was the Dean of Architecture at the University of Texas. The house was built on the grounds of the Texas State Fair and subsequently sold, dismantled and moved to a new site in 1955-6. The original Maynard Parker photos from the House Beautiful shoot are amazing and perhaps you have seen them. The house was really a show-stopper with beautiful interiors featuring Edward Wormley for Dunbar furniture. Needless to say, those Parker images left quite an impression on my 11 year old brain. Every time I looked at those photos, I wondered where that house ended up and did it have a happy life? Well. a partial answer at least shows up in your Texas Modernism photos, 15 of them to be exact, #2454439-13 through 31. They appear to be images of the Harris Pace Setter house 52 years and lots of deferred maintenance later… OMG, how the mighty have fallen. The house is very original, but looks so sad and neglected, not at all like Parker’s glamour shots from 54.

    I noticed that you don’t have Harwell Harris on your list of favorite mid-century architects. He was surely one of the best, but then I might be a bit partial because he was from California, as am I. I have a soft spot for all those CA regionalists! You do have a reference to a site called Triangle Modernist Houses, There’s quite a good section on Harris, who ended his career in North Carolina. There are a few original images of the Pace Setter house on that site. The confusion is the location. The Triangle site states it was relocated to 12020 Stonebrook Cir. in Dallas. However, when you do a Zollow search, the address does not exist. The Zillow search does confirm 201 Davidson Dr, in Terrel, Texas, as you have indicated. There are some great overhead shots of the house on Zillow. So, is this the exact house, or a copy? I’m going to call the Alexander Archives at the UT next week to see if I can get further information and history on this amazing house, And, please think about including Harris on your wonderful site, If you can hunt up the book I’ve referenced (there’s one on E-Bay at the moment) you won’t be disappointed. But, I can’t believe you don’t already have it, or know about this house.

    Thanks again for your site and photos, they’ve helped me unravel one of my favorite architectural mysteries




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