It’s a mod, mod world: See some of our favorite Midcentury Modernism photos
The Eshelman Bemis ranch home in Rolling Hills was designed by Cliff May. Full story here.(Beatrice de Gea / Los Angeles Times)
The Brody House, designed by A. Quincy Jones. More photos here.(Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
A 1940 split-level by noted midcentury architect Raphael Soriano. More photos here.(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
It didn’t take long for Jaclyn Ferber to decide to buy a sun-drenched 1959 ranch house designed by Modernist architect Edward Fickett. Full story here.(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
The 1963 John Lautner-designed Sheats-Goldstein house near Beverly Hills. See more John Lautner homes here.(Katie Falkenberg / Los Angeles Times)
Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House No. 22: The story behind L.A.'s original dream home(Damon Winter / Los Angeles Times)
The 1949 home of designers Miao Miao and Scott Franklin of nondesigns, designed by Lloyd Wright. Full story here.(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
A restored Edward Killingsworth-designed house in Long Beach. Full story here.(Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times)
The orange canopy and infinity pool outside the 1959 Hugh M. Kaptur-designed Palm Springs home was designed by architect Albert Frey. More photos here.(Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times)
The 1957 Buff and Hensman house in Pasadena’s Poppy Peak won a 2012 preservation award. More photos here.(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Yeah, baby: Bold design and inspired spaces pushed architecture and home decor into a new era of thinking.( Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)
It’s a mod, mod world.
Led by visionary architects such as Walter Gropius, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and Le Corbusier, the groundbreaking designs that defined the Modernist movement (1930s-1960s), are characterized by sleekly styled minimalism and a notable absence of ornamentation.
Homes built in this style are identified through an enthusiastic use of steel or reinforced concrete, an open floor plan, flat rooflines, geometric shapes and large windows or glass panels, framed with metal or wood to emphasize horizontal lines.
Modernist homes can also fall into the sub-categories of Bauhaus, De Stijl, Futurism and Constructivism styles.
You can also call them simply inspiring.
We combed our archives for stunning examples of Modernist architecture in and around Los Angeles, and collected them here in a photo gallery. Enjoy!
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