A 1954 Better Homes and Gardens Mid-Century Modern Magazine Spread; Our Local Prairie Village Modern Ranch Pick of the Week
I happened upon an edition of Better Homes and Gardens magazine from 1954, and inside was a story about a (modern) steel framed ranch home. The excitement was that, with the use of the steel supports, the interior could flow into the outside with large expanses of glass and continuous materials as you will see in the photos below.
In a related note – my pick of the week is a home just listed in Prairie Village. It is a mid-century modern style ranch home near Mission and 79th Street. This house was built around the same time – in 1956; and while I do see some similarities, I also note many differences. For example, the home in the magazine layout has glass walls leading outside and stone, while the pick of the week seems to be a more traditional wood-frame ranch with modern lines, stacked stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings.
My wife grew upon this house. Her mother, who with her father built the house, lived in it until, 2006. The house is virtually unchanged except the back wall was extended over the patio to become the dining room and a master bedroom suite was added. In 1999 a detached 2 car garage was built.