This ultra cool Mid-Century Modern Bauhaus-influenced home has been thoughtfully renovated, blending original details with vintage finds and modern materials to create a dreamy MCM vibe that's totally in step with today's lifestyle. The open concept Living Room/Dining Room spans the entire length of the house, with a dramatic wall of windows affording spectacular floor to ceiling views that will enchant and inspire you every day.
The home is attributed to Milwaukee architect Donald Grieb who, at the request of the original owners, based it closely on The Upside Down House built by John Johansen for his own family in New Canaan, CT [Johansen was a renowned modernist architect and member of The Harvard 5]. Sited and built on a gently sloped half acre lot, the bedrooms are on the lower level while the living/entertaining spaces are on the upper level with an amazing glass box view. Combining both East Coast and Midwestern architectural aesthetics, this home is truly unique to the Milwaukee area.
In an interview with McCall's magazine in 1952, Johansen described the inspiration for and philosophical underpinnings of The Upside Down House:
- The idea for our house came to us as we walked across a field toward the distant view and said, ‘Let us be here – on a floating platform at one with the landscape. Let us be a part of nature instead of intruding on it.'
- We wanted to live up with the trees, not under them. We wanted the feeling of being suspended in space, so we put the living area upstairs and the bedrooms below...That’s how it became the upside-down house. The sleeping quarters were down below, which allowed you psychologically to go back into the earth and come up in the morning and say ‘good morning, world’.
Take a look at the video and you'll see for yourself how these ideas are borne out in the architecture of the home, from the height of the bedroom windows at ground level, to the ornate staircase and the "among the trees" vista from the living room.
Sadly, Johansen's home was razed years ago, but his vision and philosophy live on in this Bayside version of The Upside Down House. Want to live in a work of art? Come see and experience this truly remarkable home.
- Oversized Windows
- Open Floor Plan
- Heated Floors
- Large Lot
- Hardwood Floors
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