Kansas Mod­ern

Res­cued from dis­ar­ray, this ranch has been care­fully re­vived with mod­ernist ap­peal.

Atomic Ranch - - Contents - By Kristin Dowd­ing Pho­tog­ra­phy by Bob Greenspan

With its beauty hid­den by dead trees and years of dis­ar­ray, an ar­chi­tect and his wife brought this Great Plains marvel back to life.

nests a small en­clave of Mid­cen­tury Mod­ern homes. Amongst these homes is a 1,500 square foot ranch from 1952, which ar­chi­tect Chris Fein and his wife Chris­tine quickly fell in love with.

While the ranch’s lo­ca­tion and struc­ture won them over, there was a prob­lem—the en­tire house was filled from floor to ceil­ing with junk col­lected by the pre­vi­ous owner. They could barely see in­side the house, let alone walk through it, so they took it on faith that this would be their per­fect home af­ter a bit of work.

As the founder of For­ward De­sign and Ar­chi­tec­ture, Chris was happy to take on the project. “I have a small prac­tice that mainly works in mod­ern de­sign,” he says. “In col­lege, I found an Eames chair in a lo­cal farmer’s back­yard and brought it back to col­lege with me. I’ve been ob­sessed with mod­ern de­signed ob­jects ever since.” He then turned his pas­sion into a small shop that sold mod­ern fur­ni­ture—which paid his way through col­lege. With this deeply rooted love of mod­ern de­sign, Chris and Chris­tine set to work.

n the mid­dle of a post­war colo­nial neigh­bor­hood called Prairie Vil­lage, Kansas

A OVER LOUIS THE POULSEN DIN­ING LIGHT ROOM HANGS TA­BLE, SEAM­LESSLY BLEND­ING IN WITH ITS SUR­ROUND­ING WHITE WALLS. THOUGH CON­NECTED TO THE LIV­ING ROOM, THE RED COUCH ACTS AS A BAR­RIER BE­TWEEN THE TWO SPA­CES, CRE­AT­ING DEF­I­NI­TION IN THE OPEN LIV­ING SPACE.

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