Every spring, Gainesville Modern partners with homeowners in Gainesville to open some of our spectacular modern homes to the public. This is our most popular event and offers a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the architecture. Like all three-dimensional art, architecture is best experienced in person, and this is one way we facilitate that.
Upcoming Home Tour
Please join Gainesville Modern for our 5th annual Mid-century Modern home tour on Saturday, March 18th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. as part of Gainesville Modern Weekend 2017. The tour showcases five of the region’s best examples of Mid-century Modern residential architecture plus one bonus home. To participate, show up at any of the six locations to begin the self-guided tour. The cost is $20 per person, $10 for students with a valid ID.
More information and tickets available here. Images and descriptions of the homes on this year’s tour follow the map.
2858 NW 4th Lane
Sited along Hogtown Creek, the house was constructed in 1956. The open plan of the main space is organized around a central, corner fireplace. Mid-century Modern features include the flat roof, terrazzo floors, and floor-to-ceiling window wall that visually connects the interior with the lush natural setting. Popular among University of Florida faculty, the Black Acres neighborhood was developed just after World War II when West University Avenue was still a dirt and sand road. The house has been sensitively updated by current owners Christine and Michael Richmond. Photo by Footstone Photography.
1512 NW 20th Street
Located in the Florida Park neighborhood, this house was completed in 1964. On a visit to California, the original owners, the Lally’s, were inspired by modern residences built by Joseph Eichler. Eichler was a real estate developer who built distinctive Mid-century Modern suburban houses in southern California. Some of the original, Eichler-inspired features include exposed structural beams, built-ins, terrazzo floors, and bathroom tiles. Period furnishings include Heywood-Wakefield Mid-century Modern and Danish Modern styles. Current owners Kristy and Gary Foster have lovingly restored the house. Photo by Footstone Photography.
706 SW 21st Avenue
Located in the Kirkwood neighborhood, this expertly restored house, built in 1955, is a prime example of mid-century residential architecture. Period features include the low-slung, horizontal profile, flat roof, awning windows, and great room with clerestory windows. Special features include an original, printed wallpaper mural at the entry and fireplace and built-in grill,
wet bar, and buffet in den. Many of the original finishes have been retained and refurbished, including the mahogany paneling of the library and den, bathroom tiles, and master bedroom wallpaper. Current owner S. Luke Flory purchased the home from second owner Gloria Keister, who had lived there with her husband Woody. Photo by Footstone Photography.
1617 NW 12th Road
This house, a transition between traditional and modern styles, was designed and constructed in 1946 by McMillan Johnson. Johnson was a faculty member in the UF School of Architecture and built the house for him and his wife Nedra. Some details were inspired by submarines McMillan worked on during World War II. Over-scaled for the size of the house, the windows are among the more unique architectural features. A separate, original screened structure was enclosed to create a studio for the current owner. The rehabilitation retained the unusual exposed beams and tongue-and-groove ceiling. Photo by Footstone Photography.
6651 NW 20th Place
Located in a lush setting at the end of a winding driveway, this house boasts many Mid-century Modern characteristics including flat roof, open floor plan, and floor-to-ceiling glass windows. Of particular interest are the clerestory windows and delicate Ocala block screen connecting the house to a detached garage. The bold interior palette was chosen by current owner and artist Irene Salley to complement her paintings. Featured on the first ever Gainesville Modern Mid-century Modern Home Tour in 2013, the owners have generously offered to open their home once again due to popular demand. Photo by Aaron Bailey of Gainesville360.com.
3840 NW 15th Street
Commissioned in 1945 by Joe C. and Mary E. Jenkins, the architect was John E. Pearson. The house’s design seems influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style architecture with its low-profile hipped roof, deep overhanging eaves, exposed timber structure, and corner windows. While many of the finishes and fixtures recall the Arts and Crafts movement, the main living area demonstrates the transition to modernist design principles that was happening in Gainesville and elsewhere following the Second World War. The fireplace of the main space is positioned asymmetrically along the east wall with adjacent built-ins that have a row of ribbon-type windows above. These windows continue along the south wall, helping frame views of the landscape. A wood window wall of floor to ceiling glass visually and physically connects to an exterior living space that has now been enclosed. Currently on the market, the house has been owned by the Jenkins family since its completion. Photo by Aaron Bailey of Gainesville360.com.
Past Home Tours
Work from Gainesville’s well-known and little-known architects has been featured on the tour. Some of the homes have been on the National Register of Historic Places, like the Weil-Cassisi House, designed by Harry Merritt. Others are works by people we are only now beginning to re-discover. Still others aren’t architect designed at all, reminding us that good design is achievable at all levels of the market.
To see photos and descriptions of houses featured on previous tours, please select a year.