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