Austin, TX

Mid Mod Scene:  Austin

Mid Century Modern architecture began to get a foothold in Austin Texas after World War II when governmental and other forces pushed builders to create tract homes for suburban families.

These homes needed to be functional and affordable, a recipe the Mid Century Modern style fit perfectly. By prioritizing simplicity and practicality over status-establishing ornamentation, modern architects could create graceful and gorgeous homes for the growing middle class. In fact, after the war, Austin’s most prominent architects specialized in Mid-Century Modern design.

Robert Muller Airport Tower in Austin Texas. Photo courtesy of Skyler Spaeth
Robert Muller Airport Tower in Austin Texas. Photo courtesy of Skyler Spaeth

Prominent Austin Mid Century Modern Architects:

  • Arthur Fehr & Charles Granger
  • Louis C. Page, Jr
  • G. Gommel Roessner
  • A.D. Stenger
  • Leonard Lundgren
  • John Saunders Chase

Austin Mid Century Modern Homes & Buildings:

  • Taqueria Los Jaliscienses
  • Town Lake Holiday Inn in West Austin
  • David Chapel Baptist Church
  • Charles Granger Home in Judge’s Hill
  • Robert Mueller Airport
  • Louis C. Page, Jr. Home
  • South Austin Homes near Zilker Elementary School
  • West Austin homes
  • G. Gommel Roessner

Austin Mid Century Modern Events:  

  • The Art of the Craftsman Style – Austin Preservation
  • Pedal for Preservation – Austin Preservation

Austin Mid Century Modern Societies:  

  • Preservation Austin
  • Modern Austin
  • AIA Austin

Museums/Exhibitions:  

  • Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Austin History Center (intermittent exhibits)
  • Kemper Art Museum
  • The Contemporary Austin (intermittent exhibits)

Tour Companies:

  • Modern Architecture + Design Society (MA+DS)
  • Blanton Museum of Art
  • AIA Austin Homes Tour