Make a Statement: Homes Throughout the Decades

By Linsey Stonchus

The 20th Century saw numerous distinctive eras in terms of home architecture and design, varying from Tudor Revivals to Mid-Century Moderns. We take a look at several homes from the early to mid-1900s and marvel the great house trends of the past.

1929: Roaring Twenties Grand Tudor Revival

Seattle, Washington, USA | US $12,500,000

Designed by George Wallace Stoddard in 1929 for Seattle Star editor H.W. Parish, this dramatic Grand Tudor Revival estate takes up an impressive 7,130 sq. ft. Historic features include hand-hewn timbers and leaded glass windows, as well as a rare Waterford crystal chandelier, which was brought over from Hong Kong and then assembled by hand. Overlooking Olympic Mountains and Sound views, the professionally designed gardens were reimagined in 2010 to include evergreen elements, ornamental grass and golden-leaf smoke trees. Web ID: WYZM

1935: An Architectural Work of Art

Melville, New York, USA | US $5,999,000

 A landmark that was once owned by Architect Wallace K. Harrison, this 1935 home is a true work of art, with three original circular rooms making up the most distinctive of the home’s design elements. Beautifully restored, the property incorporates many mid-century design elements that fit well with the interesting shape of the structure. Fascinatingly, the original terrazzo and wood floors even served as inspiration for New York City’s Rainbow Room. Web ID: UFNM

1947: Balanced Urban Oasis

Houston, Texas, USA | US $4,999,900

Designed by the renowned architect John F. Staub in the 1940s, this Houston, Texas home has undergone a recent, award-winning preservation project. Expert architect, designers and craftsmen have used Staub’s original plans as a guide and inspiration as they revitalized and expanded the residence over two years. The stylish interiors are youthful, but elegant, while the exterior offers generous greenscapes, new pool and multiple garden rooms that make the house feel like an urban oasis. Web ID: KWFL

1964: Iconic Sea Ranch Style

Berkeley, California, USA | US $1,350,000

This unique Sea Ranch style home in Berkeley, California was the creation of influential architect Charles Moore in the 1960s. Panoramic views and ample light can be enjoyed throughout the open floor plan, including the sunken living room with large windows and vaulted cathedral ceilings, as well as the adjacent, spacious balcony. Web ID: YSAK

For more home inspiration, check out last month’s Homes Embracing their Natural Elements.

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