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Minimal Traditional House Plans for 1940s-1950s America

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A Small, Brick House
1950s floor plan and rendering of Minimal Traditional modern style house called Birchwood

1950s floor plan and rendering of Minimal Traditional modern style house called Birchwood

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"Birchwood"

At a mere 903 square feet, this floor plan adds an illustration of a built-in storage wall, "for Orderliness in Limited Space."

Why is this a Minimal Traditional Design?

  • small, one story with an attic
  • minimal decoration
  • low or moderately pitched roof, with minimal overhang
  • side gable with a front-facing cross gable
  • front door entrance near the front cross gable
  • shutters
  • chimney not prominent
  • exterior siding of wood, brick, or a mix of siding

Marketing This House Plan:

Marketed as a "five room brick home," the street-side bay window maximizes this Minimal Traditional design. "The simplification of its Colonial exterior," says the copy on this design plan, "definitely follows the modern trend."

See Minimal Decoration After the Great Depression for an introduction to these mid-century home designs.

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