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  • Writer's pictureTravis Fader

A Michigan Midcentury Encourages a Sense of Harmony with the Outdoor Spaces

Updated: Aug 8, 2022


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Here is your opportunity to acquire a one of a kind home in a midwestern town admired for its impressive collection of Mid-Century Modern architecture. Midland’s pioneer architect, Alden B. Dow, who was a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, set in motion a design revolution that transformed the Midland area into a hotbed of exceptional mid-century design. Assisting him in these effort were many talented artists including the designer of The Gesche House at 4907 Barto Street. While the architect of this particular property is unknown, it’s artful elements reflect the captivating Midland design landscape.


Expansive walls of glass, clean lines, muted curves, a lack of ornamentation, and an interior design based on functionality are all ways to describe The Gesche House, a classic example of Mid-Century Modern architecture.

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This home is a single-story and much like others from this era, it features an attached garage, small patio, and plenty of access to open, outdoor spaces— another example of the emphasis on minimalism as opposed to ostentation.


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When it comes to woodwork, the Gesche House has original timber ceilings and walls of Douglas fir accentuating the connection to nature, a primary design tenant of Mid-Century Modernism. Intricate wood detailing throughout the house acts as its own form of captivating artwork. One of the most beautiful examples of this are the custom entry and dining light fixtures designed for the house.


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The windows in this home encourage a sense of harmony with the outdoor spaces they are built on. For instance, the home’s dining room includes a door providing access to the screened porch and backyard. This feature not only connects the occupants with the home’s beautiful outdoor surroundings, but allows them to daily experience Michigan’s changing seasons in an intimate way.


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Offering four bedrooms, two bathrooms, and one lavatory, the 1725-square foot home includes multiple living/dining areas, a functional kitchen and cozy screened porch, as well additional square footage in the finished basement. The bedrooms each include iconic built–in cabinetry and closet storage made of Douglas fir with custom door pulls.

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It’s clear that the Gesche House at 4907 Barto Street in Midland is not just an average home. It is, in fact, a beautiful example of thoughtful architecture. Its purposeful design and timeless beauty will make the Gesche House a wonderful residence for many more years to come.


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