Mid-Century Modern Homes For Sale - Carver Edition, November 15th, 2019
This week I've been finalizing the book on Norman Carver's architecture - it's with the editor as I write this. So of all the houses to come on the market recently, it is serendipitous that the one we are featuring today is a previously unknown copy of the architect's own house!
When the Carver's house in Kalamazoo was featured in a New York Times Magazine article on February 23, 1958, it was done so on the condition that Carver sell plans to anyone who was interested. He heard of two being built as a result, and had visited one in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, that was built in 1963.
The second was never confirmed, though I had searched for it extensively - as had Carver. I even traveled to New Jersey to photograph the Mountain Lakes Carver House, but could not uncover the second New Jersey home's location, or even get confirmation of its existence.
So, imagine my surprise when I stumbled across the home today on Zillow, in pristine condition, located in Lebanon, New Jersey!
This NJ Carver home was built in 1962, a year prior to the version in Mountain Lakes. It remains in great shape, too! The price is tantalizingly affordable and could be at risk considering some of the house prices in the area. It sits on 4.31 acres and faces south as the architect intended. Let's hope that this beautiful and beautifully preserved home goes to a sensitive buyer who wants to maintain the architect's original vision. It is at serious risk of being destroyed by developers!
OPEN HOUSE this Sunday 11/17 from 1-4pm.
Check out the full listing and more photos here.
While this home is clearly the focus of this week's roundup, head back to previous listings for more inspiration that might help you find your dream mid-century modern home!