Two Mod Ranches in Different Parts of Town

These two ranches in Finneytown and Mt. Washington deliver plenty of Mod details.

7677 View Place Dr., Finneytown

This 1956 ranch was a kit home designed by architect George Nelson, a big name Modernist who was also an author, photographer and the Director of Design for famed furniture line Herman Miller (among other things). Basically, Nelson drew up different house plans—this one’s named the “Shorewood”—for a company named Pease Homes; Pease, in turn, sold the plans nationwide (sort of like the Sears Home kits). Then “builders or architects would buy the kits and customize them,” says listing agent Susan Rissover.
Present-day buyers will love the home’s open floorplan but vintage Mid-Century Modern fans will adore the kitchen (turquoise metal cabinets, checkerboard floor and all), pastel tiled bathrooms and—of course—that green-and-white-striped linoleum floor in the basement rec room.

CLICK THROUGH OUR GALLERY TO SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME:


5803 Wayside, Mt. Washington

Our favorite thing about looking at this home’s listing photos is finding the built-ins. The kitchen’s easy (just don’t get distracted by those cool, turquoise laminate-and-steel countertops), but check out the in-wall storage in the living, dining and bed rooms, too (hint: look above the closets).

For a Mid-Century Modern home, this place has a unique layout—especially with the courtyard patio and those three tiered garages. The structure’s original drawings (stamped by architect Frederic H. Kock, a watercolor painter and local American Institute of Architects chapter president) show it only had one carport at first. Listing agent Nick Motz theorizes the carport was converted to a single car garage and then later two more were added alongside it to form that stair-step pattern.

Additional drawings from the 1970s show planned renovations by another local architect named Robert L. Holtmeier, who is perhaps best known for his role as a cofounder of the architecture firm that eventually became GBBN. Safe to say this house has more than enough MCM cred to attract a discerning buyer.

CLICK THROUGH OUR GALLERY TO SEE MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME:

Facebook Comments