Thank you to everyone who came out for the Retro Modern Home Tour 2015. The weather could not have been more perfect, nor the homes more beautiful.
Home 1 | 1927 Lake Sue Drive
The original home at 1927 Lake Sue Drive was built in 1948 as part of the Beeman Park housing development. The owners were drawn
to the Audubon Park Garden District area because of the excellent schools and are enjoying the community’s newly developed vibrancy.
In irreparable condition when the property was purchased, the current owners rebuilt the house. Inspired by classic European modern design and contemporary American modern designer Michelle Kaufmann, the owners consulted with architect Michael Wenrich at Midtown Architecture Studio to create a space with modern sensibility and rustic touches. This stunning two story home offers a clean visually harmonious exterior. The interior’s careful attention to detail, along with over-sized windows along the overlooking the pool and garden, makes the sleek interior feel intimate and inviting.
The home owners selected Winter Brothers Construction to build home based on the builder’s familiarity and success building modern style homes.
Home 2 | 1901 Lake Sue Drive
Built in 1963, the original home consisted of three bedrooms and two bathrooms. An additional bedroom, bathroom, and garage were added sometime before the most recent remodel.
The new remodel is inspired by the mid-century feel of other homes in the area, with a clean, pared down design. The home features an overall color palette of black, white and grey, accented with splashes of color inspired by a traditional Mexican palette of bright blue, green, orange, and pink.
Home 3 | 3915 Bobolink Lane – People’s Choice Best of Show 2015
Built in 1955, current owners Eric and Marc thoughtfully renovated the house to enhance the unique mid-century features.
Sandstone was added to the exterior façade to enhance the block structure, while the interior features a color palette that is serene
neutral with pops of hot orange. Furnishings throughout the home are either consistent with, or complementary to, the mid-century period. Original terrazzo floors have been restored and refinished and now gleam throughout the home. The fireplace has been updated by removing the vent hood and adding an alcohol burning unit. A large, original interior planter boasts an indoor garden of cacti and succulents, which offer strong lines and contribute to the mid century feel.
Outdoor landscaping by Design by the Yard mirrors the home’s modern feel and is designed to be Florida friendly with native and drought-proof plants. The result is a yard that is both crisply designed and easy to maintain.
Home 4 | 3812 Ibis Drive
Graham and Robert refer to their home as a work in progress. Since purchasing the home in 2007 they have corrected and re-worked decades of poor design and re-design to create a beautiful, warm, wood toned, clean lined, clutter free, everything-in-its-place space that has historic reference and design integrity.
This mid century soft-modern home is a space that is the right balance of contemporary and comfort for modern lifestyles. A large bow window in the family room, along with sliders in the master and large, well placed windows throughout the home, meld the outside with the inside. Unlike the coldness that is sometimes found in mid century modern architecture, this home has rich, warm neutrals that complement and display a fantastic collection of art and a bit of whimsy.
The exterior with its own living room, generous use of naturalistic landscaping, and over-sized pool, is every bit as clean, warm and inviting as the interior.
3429 Ibis Drive
This model mid-century modern home is not only an excellent example of architecture during this period, but is the original model home used by the developer as a sales tool. This home’s footprint can be found in over 60 homes in the Audubon Park neighborhood.
Owners John Tanner and Richard Ivey clearly have a great appreciation and understanding of why such exemplary models of modern architecture need to not only be preserved, but enjoyed, and their domestic lifestyle attests to their enthusiasm for mid century modernism. This home is very bit mid century modern from the asymmetrical shed and flat roof lines, generous green living spaces, Eichler inspired and clerestory windows, to the inside, with its open design concept, flat planes, large glass windows and terrazzo floors. The interior has been meticulously outfitted with prime examples of period furniture, fixtures and décor.
As in most MCM homes, clutter is out and clean, simple tableaus are dotted throughout. Colorful original art accents serves as an offbeat accompaniment to the home’s mid 1950s origins.
Our tour booklet is available to see and download here. You can see our photo album online here. All images there courtesy of Thuy Vi Gates Photography. And check out our Home Tour sponsor, Orlando Weekly’s album here.
I’d also like to take this time to thank our co-chairs, Eric Hare (The Craftsmen) and Cathy Sands (Blue Daze Designs), for spearheading this spectacular event. Special thanks also go out to our sponsors, without whom this tour could not have happened.
AJF Wood Concepts
The Retro Modern Home Tour will return. Please watch for updates. Thanks again – jenn.