The Mid-Century Modern Home Tour is happy to be returning in 2019 after taking a year off. With five plus area homes on tour, this year will, once again, be sharing with visitors the best of Gainesville's architectural past during the years of 1945 to 1975. The tour on March 23rd starts at 11 am and ends at 4 pm. Start at any of the 5+ locations. Tickets are $20 and $10 for students, cash at the door or can be purchased in advance online. The tour will include homes in the Creekside, Twin Pines, Floral Park, Overlook Park, Maple Hill and the Florida Park neighborhoods.
Home Tour Map & Addresses
724 NW 40th Terrace, Twin Pines Neighborhood
Appearing on the 1964 Tour of Homes, this house was constructed by Harold Walker, Quality Builders. The distinct, H-shaped floor plan includes two, separate structures – one containing the living area and the other housing bedrooms. These structures are at different levels, connected by a glass entry and floating stair. The two courtyards boast decorative screen block, allowing the seamless integration of the outside in. The vaulted, beamed ceiling and open plan make this a quintessential mid-century modern home.
1633 NW 14th Avenue, Florida Park Neighborhood
With the eastern-most portions along 13th Street originally platted prior to World War II, the Florida Park neighborhood expanded significantly during the 1950s into the 1960s. The neighborhood is a mixture of architect and builder designed mid-century and suburban ranch type residences. This 1952 home is a transitional style with a more traditional plan and form and mid-century flourishes. The primary building material is a long, thin block, now painted. Many of the original steel-and-glass windows remain. The original carport was enclosed to create a family room and the previous owner installed a unique kitchen with custom concrete counters.
1941 NW 23rd Terrace, Maple Hill Neighborhood
Constructed in 1958 for Martha and Earl Horner, the home was designed by the firm of McVoy and Stewart. James (Jim) David McVoy was a graduate of the UF School of Architecture and was responsible for numerous homes and local buildings including the University United Methodist Church. William (Bill) Addison Stewart was also a graduate of UF. The house is made of Ocala block – a type of concrete masonry unit made in part with crushed limestone from the Ocala area. A hallmark of many mid-century modern residences, the open plan of the main living space has floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors that open onto a large side yard and small screened porch. Current owners Lauren and Barry Richardson have a remarkable art collection featuring many UF and Gainesville artists.
4114 NW 15th Street, Floral Park Neighborhood
Completed in 1950, this generously sized home was originally constructed for Curtis Newsome, a local builder. The family only occupied the home for one year before selling it to Wilhelmina and Kenneth Black. U-shaped in plan, the front door is at the courtyard at the end of a covered walkway supported by lally columns with a broken tile walk and tongue-and-groove wood ceiling. The dining room is tiered and overlooks the large, open Great Room with custom sofa and fireplace. The home originally had 4 porches. The architect was Myrl Juadean Hanes. Hanes was a UF School of Architecture graduate and former Mayor Commissioner. He was responsible for several buildings in Gainesville including the Fire Station #1 at 427 South Main Street.
3605 NW 12th Street, Creekside Neighborhood
One of the more distinguishing characteristics of this 1956 house is a low-pitched, front-facing gable roof, popular during the mid-century period. The combination of horizontal wood siding and brick were also typical materials of suburban residential architecture of the era. Interior mid-century modern features include terrazzo floors, walls of glass connecting interior to the exterior, and the use of built-ins. This home celebrates the outdoors by embracing the private, side courtyard.
1502 NW 36th Way, Overlook Park Neighborhood
The house was commissioned in 1958 by UF Professor James H. Gregg and his wife Sarah L. Gregg. Although educated at Princeton University as a biologist, Gregg became a noted artist of painting and sculpture. The architect was Edward (Ted) Fearney assisted by David Reaves. Fearney went to school at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and was a UF School of Architecture professor. He organized the first ever AIA Student Chapter at UF. Overlooking two ponds, this modestly scaled house is comprised of two, similarly sized pavilion structures forming an L-shaped plan. Both structures have a Dutch gable roof that was popular during the period. The home makes great use of passive ventilation by cantilevering covered, screened porches off the bedrooms and living areas.
7 NW 23rd Street, Elizabeth Place Neighborhood
Commissioned by the Hartman family in 1957, this house was designed by architect and family friend Jack Moore of Goin & Moore. Moore was a graduate of the UF School of Architecture and had a prolific career in Gainesville, including the design of many public schools. Remarkably intact, the Hartman residence has an open plan in the living area and step up dining area. The large pocket doors that can separate the two main living spaces have glass panels with sweet gum leaves – a detail found in other Moore designed homes. Among the houses more prominent features is the broken tile floor found in every room with the exception of the bathrooms. The kitchen, with original layout and cabinetry, contains a unique indoor grille.
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Saturday March 23rd
11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Locations to be announced
Gainesville Modern weekend 2019: Drinks and Dwellings
The second iteration of Drinks and Dwellings once again offers special access to a rare never before open to the public home. This year's venue highlights one of the most prolific residential architects working in the 1950's and 1960's in Gainesville, David Reaves. In the absence of an archive, Gainesville Modern's VIP cocktail party will be helping document and celebrate one of the designer's best commissions - a home now owned by renowned local artist, musician, and all-around Renaissance man, Daniel Stepp. Located in NW Gainesville's Floral Park, the home originally designed for archaeologist John Goggin and built in 1960. The party is limited to 100 guests. The night will include work by the artist, live jazz and hors d'oeuvres.
Tickets $75.00, advance sales online only
Friday March 22nd
6 pm to 9 pm
Proceeds will benefit
Alachua Habitat for Humanity
University of Florida Historic Preservation Program
Sunburst After Party
Wrap up celebration with hor d'oeuvres and libations
Open to sponsors, volunteers and invited guests
Saturday March 23rd
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Location to be announced