As defined in Architectural Movements of the Recent Past: An illustrated handbook for identifying Indiana’s architectural styles and building from since 1941, “Builder Modern buildings derive from the work of common builders, developers, and contractors, who take accepted forms and mix them with modern materials and designs, often in an unexpected manner. This approach marks the first mass wave of modern vernacular builders attempting to create their own styles and forms. This movement is most common in residential architecture created just after mid-century through the present but is also found in small-scale commercial architecture.
Unlike the Neo-Eclectic buildings built during the same period, Builder Modern structures do not possess any elements reflective of historical styles. Builders often take accepted modern forms (ranch, split-level, shed, etc.), and alter rooflines, massing, and fenestration to create unique designs. Building masses are often juxtaposed or cut away in an odd manner and may appear awkward. Rooflines are often on several levels and may incorporate two or more types of roofs. One elongated roof slope is also common. Modern materials, often synthetic, are found throughout. Brick and/or stone veneers and pressed wood siding (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal) are all common and are often combined with one another. Window openings are typically varied in size, shape, and placement.”
- No reference to historic styles or forms
- Accepted modern forms are modified to create unique designs
- Building masses are often juxtaposed or cut away from
- Rooflines on several levels and incorporate two or more types
- Window openings are varied in size shape and placement
- Brick and stone veneers common
- Pressed wood siding (horizontal, vertical, diagonal) common
- Combination of materials typical
- Elongated roof slopes common
Higgins, Alan. “Architectural Movements of the Recent Past: An illustrated handbook for identifying Indiana’s architectural styles and building forms since 1941.” PDF Document. http://alan-higgins.com/webportfolio/RP.pdf (accessed Mar. 8, 2010).