Mid-century Modern in Lawrence

Characterized by strong horizontal lines, open floor plans and a seamless flow between interior and exterior spaces, mid-century modern homes - built from 1945 to the late 1960’s – have had a resurgence in popularity in recent years. Many of the designs from that period highlight the use of natural materials such as stone, exposed wood and large panes of glass.

Stephens Realtor, Tom Harper founded Lawrence Modern in 2002 and is joined by Bill Steele, Tim Hossler, and architectural historian Dennis Domer. Lawrence Modern conducted an extensive two year survey of mid-century modern houses in Lawrence. 33 homes were rated on criteria ranging from the home’s condition to the spatial relationship of exterior elements. 13 houses – a “Baker’s Dozen” – were chosen to highlight on their site. 

Lawrence Modern aims to raise awareness of mid-century and modern architecture in Lawrence, and several times a year they host open houses of to encourage preservation and appreciation of these structures for future generations. May 7th they bring two of Lawrence’s most esteemed modern architects, former partners Richard Peters and James Williams, together to talk about one of their most significant buildings in Lawrence: Babcock Place retirement facility at 1700 Massachusetts Street. 

You may barely notice this 7-story Brutalist-inflected structure, built in 1973, mainly because it is hidden behind trees. But if you take the time to study the building you will find it a harmonious blend of textured concrete forms sweeping to the sky. It merits architectural appreciation, and we are very fortunate that the architects, both now in their 80s, are available to provide a retrospective. Join Lawrence Modern on May 7th for a rare opportunity to listen to these veteran modern architects discuss their craft. 

Take a few minutes to explore lawrencemodern.com. And when you’re ready to buy or sell a home contact Stephens Real Estate. We know Lawrence and can help you find the home that’s right for you. Call Stephens Real Estate at 785.841.4500 or Contact Us.

Stephens Real Estate, Inc.
2701 W. Sixth Street
Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone: 785-841-4500
Toll-Free: 1-800-875-4315