Twenty years ago there was hardly a term or style that was specific to and would become Mid-Century Modern. There are some who once might have argued that the post war era was a time of questionable architectural value, the incredible economic boom that was the American Post War miracle, was defined by the rapid expansion of suburbs and car culture, quick and easy and cookie cutter. While that might certainly be true within the day to day context of the built environment and the sprawl that became American culture, thankfully in the new millennium there are those who have pointed out and helped to try and preserve the legacy of the post war, yet pre-post-modern architecture that not so frequently dotted the landscape here and there. The phrase Mid-Century Modern, was first used back in the 1950’s and 60’s, but wasn’t really defined until Cara Greenberg’s book Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950’s (1983). It would take another 20 years for architects to be mashed up in to the moniker.
Mid-Century Modern is now a de facto style that is very distinctive and worthy of its own place and rightly so, much of the work derived from the from both the earlier Bauhaus movement and the International Style, giving Mid-Century Modern quite a pedigree. Because of the vast number of architects that were working, some of which might not have even been of note had the style not become recognized, this will be a continually growing list, others whose names are quite well known are hopefully listed.
While Mid-Century Modern was being defined, similarly, an offshoot in it’s own right, Miami Modern was being individually defined, obviously super regional, so not as widespread as Mid-Century in general, but worth a note.
John Black Lee