When we talk about midcentury modern we’re usually talking about the 1950s, the sweet spot for modernism in America. Modern architecture in the ’50s, like American cinema in the ’70s, was an unusually fervent period of rules-breaking and risk-taking that we continue to obsess over. Which brings us to the Cerf House. Built in 1958 at the cost of $80,000—enough to buy a fleet of Cadillacs at the time—the house practically defies gravity. As extravagant as it is, however, like many other great examples of modern architecture from that era it’s not flashy or insecure. Its beauty lies within, built upon sound engineering and design principles that have kept it fresh for nearly 60 years. We are grateful to current owners Mark & Marsha Buhler for graciously allowing us to tour their outstanding home and talk about the interesting lives of the people who created it. To learn more about the Cerf House, check out our Baker’s Dozen write-up here.
Some people have inquired how to join Lawrence Modern and participate in our gatherings. It’s quite simple: show interest in midcentury and/or modern architecture. There are no dues or fees. Simply show up and enjoy.
See you on the 25th!
—Tom, Bill, Dennis & Tim